Even though Gerald at The Cafeteria is Closed said that the history lesson he had posted with graphics was not a parody and that it was from from New Jersey’s VOTF actual online church history lesson, I had to look at their site to see for myself. Now as a satirist I don’t appreciate it when VOTF does something that parodies itself. Even funnier is that Voice of the Faithful which always tries to portray itself as a group faithful to the Church would as part of its history lesson have the reader read specified pages in a book by Hans Kung!
If you need some good laughs please look over the several history lessons offered by VOTF. The clipart thrown in to the lesson make it even funnier. There short section on St. Thomas Aquinas displays the old "How man angels can dance on the head of a pin?" myth. St. Thomas Aquinas nor any scholastic ever advanced this question. This was in fact a Protestant slander and like many of these similar slanders are taking for granted now as true.
Their view of history really shows them for the heretics that most of their leadership is. Over and over they bash papal primacy and make claims that the early councils did not recognize the authority of the Pope and that these popes had very little influence. Of course they don’t explain why some canons from a council that were subsequently rejected by a pope were removed from the canons.
There history lesson on the enlightenment was not very enlightened.
While this was going on, the Enlightenment created a new paradigm which led to a separation.
The individual person became the center, and freedom of conscience became important as a human right.
Consistent to the end, popes react to this new paradigm with sterile protests and sweeping condemnations.
They forgot that the first thing that normally got separated was someones head from their shoulders. How dare a Pope react to a new paradigm that killed thousands of people especially priests and religious and tried to ban religious believers from the public square.
Yes VOTF is so faithful that they even attack the dogma of infallibility defined at Vatican I and try to frame it as a way to keep the papal states. They even describe the Old Catholic Church that went into schism after Vatican I as Catholic but Rome-free and that they hold to the faith of first millennium churches. Yeah I remember all those early churches that ordained women
The history that VOTF has come up with could have been written by any anti-Catholic which I think is pretty telling. Though their whole idea of ecclesiology is of its very essence Protestant in the first place.
So in the spirit of the graphics on their history site: