Jerome As Doctor of the Catholic Church

Establishment of the Catholic Church

Following the establishment of the Catholic Church by Roman Emperor Constantine it went through years of destabilization. It was almost on the brink of collapse when Jerome was appointed by Damasus, the then Bishop of Rome, to save it. As an educated and well-traveled scribe Jerome had also lived in the East for many years. He had spent time in Bethlehem where he witnessed atrocities against women that he thought justified, as noted in his diary.

Jerome’s Version of the Facts

Jerome’s letters and diaries are available in public libraries and are a wealth of information into the beginning of the church, the struggles to overcome the disparity between various groups and the opposition to many of its claims and especially its new found prophet. The religion was founded at the Council of Nicaea where the differences between the delegates really showed up. They were all of sun-worshiping religions born of the Babylonian Islam, as was Constantine and his bishops.

Imperial Roman Religion

The imperial Roman Religion was copied from that of the Egyptian religion and temples to Isis were prominent in Rome at the time. Constantine believed he was the son of Apollo, an image of the sun god in human form. He was considered a living god and was obviously jealous of any other god that could take his power away. The Catholic religion was his way of counteracting this threat.

Buried Roots

Over the years the church he established has altered many things and written much to bury the roots of the faith in myths from sun worship. Jerome, however, has done us a favor by leaving behind records of what he did and how he accomplished them.

Delegates to the Council of Nicaea

The Council delegates, from various reports, went back to their churches unable to practice anything of the new religion as they had no format. That meant they carried on before with new orders from Constantine that everyone much worship the image he created. He gave the church leaders’ power over life and death to ensure this happened. That power was carried through until the Middle Ages and later.

Constantine’s New Parliament

What he had done was to establish a parliament answerable to him as king that could rule in all the provinces in his name and control the masses through what they called spirituality. The weapons to do this were heaven and hell. If one obeyed then they could go to the former but rebels would go to the latter.

Jerome’s Commission

With only that to go on Jerome now had to work out how to save the Church while giving it structure, laws, a format to work to and even tradition. He did that by adopting the garments, order of service, festivals and calendar from the Imperial Roman Religion. This is in his letters uncovered by Fray Jose of Spain who was commissioned by Phillip II to research Jerome’s history. He had access to Vatican archives to complete the task. While he was doing this in the 16th CAD he was perplexed as to how Jerome could have translated the Septuagint from Hebrew as he had no knowledge of that language. In fact he concluded that the translation, which became the Old Testament, was translated from Greek.

Jerome’s Admissions

Jerome states how he altered parts of it to comply with the New Testament and of that document he states that he took all the writings from around the empire and decided which was “most true”. He also states how he wrote introductions to chapters in both books and the Book of Matthew, which is based on the birth and life of Krishna, details church laws that were not known beforehand.

Differences in the Four Gospels

Differences between the four gospels are stark. Matthew and Luke are the only 2 that recognise the birth of Christ. Matthew claims he was born in a house and fled to Egypt to avoid the evil king Herod. Luke states he was born in a manger and was taken to the temple at 8 days of age and presented as normal. He then lived in Nazareth as a carpenter’s son. Both these books are written by scholars and it is impossible that those who were not highly educated scribes could have written them.

Vulgate was First Bible

Jerome then published the completed bible as the Vulgate at the end of the 4th CAD. While the Catholic Church recognizes this other Christian denominations oppose it because they do not want to believe that their faith is Catholic. The facts are that there was no Christian movement before Constantine invented it along with its image of Christ, as predicted in Revelation 13:13-18.