Clarence Larkin’s classic commentary, The Book of Revelation (© 1918 Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate; p. 151-152), explains how the Caesars and Popes obtained the title and headship of the “Babylonian Priesthood” mysteries which Hislop’s book also explains. A brief history is required as to how Rome obtained this title. So, the seat of Satan was Babylon, but it was defeated by Media-Persia whose capitol was Pergamos. The Persians brought the Babylonian priesthood and rites to their capitol.
Quoting Mr. Larkin: “When Attalus, the Pontiff and King of Pergamos, died B.C. 133, he bequeathed the Headship of the Babylonian Priesthood to Rome. When the Etruscans came to Italy from Lydia (The region of Pergamos), they brought with them the Babylonian religion and rites. They set up a Pontiff who was head of the Priesthood. Later the Romans accepted this Pontiff as their civil ruler. Julius Caesar was made Pontiff of the Etruscan Order in B.C. 74. In B. C. 63, he was made Supreme Pontiff of the “Babylonian Order,” thus becoming heir to the rights an title of Attalus, Pontiff of Pergamos…Thus the first Roman Emperor become head of the “Babylonian Priesthood” and Rome the successor of Babylon (p. 151-152).”
View on Jesus: The eternal Son, born of the virgin Mary, died on the cross, was buried and rose again the 3rd day, ascended into heaven, and will return in glory to judge us all. They view Jesus as Mary’s only child. (Matt.13:55-56) Not found in church writings before 325AD. (Reinforcing the Babylonian trinity)
View on Salvation: Adherence to Roman Catholic Doctrine, submission to the pope and the church, which have authority to alter biblical doctrine. (Deut.12:32) Athanasius Creed=trinity.
View on the Church: The Mystical Body of Christ, established by Christ with the bishop of Rome (the pope), who may at times pronounce dogma (doctrine required of all members) infallibly, as its earthly head. Christians not in communion with the Catholic Church are called “separated brethren”.
Other Beliefs: Celibate priesthood (1 Tim.4:1-3, Gen.2:18a), rosary bead prayers (not original to RCC),