Most Americans are not militant secularists. Instead, they set themselves up as their own spiritual authorities freed from creed, canon, catechism, or confession.

In other words, they are heretics — generally warmed-over Transcendentalists.

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The Catholic principle

All other churches in America pretty much belong to what sociologists have called the “denominational mentality,” that for public purposes there’s no real difference what any religious group teaches so long as it falls in line with prevailing social mores.

Once you’ve given in to that, you essentially will stand for nothing anymore because, even within your own church, you’re going to have people deciding what they will believe and what they won’t. In fact, they will start to make the “right to choose” the central tenet of the faith.

The Catholic principle is quite different. All of us have the freedom of the sons and daughters of God, but we don’t get to make up the truth about who God is and what he expects of us.

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This Week’s Ask Alice: A Question About Sunday – the Lord’s Day – and the Sabbath.



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Charles C. asks: Why is the Sabbath mentioned many times in the N.T. and Sunday only mentioned TWICE in over 30 years after Pentecost strengthened the disciples to evangelize? Paul: One time—commands work (gathering an offering to be collected at a later date) to the Corinthian church with a high commandment-keeping Jewish contingency (1 Cor. 16:1-3), See that church’s formation in Acts 18. Luke: One time (Acts 20:4-14)–talks of communion service on Saturday evening (all the disciples used Jewish reckoning, sunset being the new day), then tells of SEVEN commandment-keeping Jews boating all day Sunday with Luke, and Paul hiking throughout the daylight hours of Sunday to Assos.

Alice answers: The Bible does not furnish a complete account of every event that ever happened, throughout the long history of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition. Nor is the Bible a complete catechism, detailing every recommended belief and practice of the Christian faith.

The Bible is the Holy Spirit inspired, infallible Word of God … as faithfully compiled, written (in part), preserved, certified and translated, by the Catholic Church. It’s also important to remember that the Church was already 400 years old, and firmly established, by the time all of this was actually accomplished.

Attempting to determine specific historical details from the scant accounts appearing in the Bible alone … some 2000 years after the fact, without reliance on authentic Catholic tradition … is generally an exercise in futility, leading nowhere … or worse, into serious error.

The simple fact is, there was never a need to put into writing that which the church had always and everywhere, from the earliest days, publicly proclaimed and put into actual practice, since (before the Protestant Reformation) every Christian, in every place (even the illiterate) would certainly know such things by memory and through force of habit. Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and even most Protestants, still do.

Now, for the specifics:

The Catholic Church permits Saturday evening “Sunday” worship. Saturday evening worship generally and customarily fulfills the existing Sunday worship obligation.

There are eight New Testament references to “Sunday” … which officially replaces the Old Testament Saturday sabbath, as the Lord’s Day.

First and foremost, Sunday is the day of Jesus’ resurrection … and ever since, Sunday has been celebrated as the primary Feast Day of (virtually) all Christianity.

1: Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week…

2: He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast out seven demons. (Mark 16:9)

3: That same day Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:33-35)

4: On the evening of that first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. (John 20:19)

5: A week later (Sunday) Jesus appeared to Thomas to dispel his doubts about His resurrection. (John 20:26)

6: Pentecost, the birthday of our Church, occurred on a Sunday.

7: While in Corinth, Paul takes up a collection for the relief of needy believers on a Sunday. (Acts 11:27-30)

8: During a Sunday meeting in Troas, Paul preached so long that a youth named Eutychus, who was sitting on a window sill went to sleep, then fell from the third story and died. Paul restored him to life and continued preaching. (Acts 20:3-14)

In two other New Testament sabbath passages we have St. Paul explaining that Christians are NOT required to observe the Jewish sabbath. One key example:

No one is free, therefore, to pass judgmenton you in terms of what you eat or drink or what you do on yearly or monthly feasts, or on the sabbath. (Colossians 2:16)

Paul often preaches in Jewish synagogues on the Sabbath. However, he does not preach in synagogues as a religious obligation, but rather because that is the place where he can reach the largest number of his Jewish brothers and sisters.

Under the Old Covenant, the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews were obligated under the Mosaic Law to keep the sabbath. Non-Jews were never required to do so.

Under the New Covenant, the awesome and virtually unrestricted power of binding and loosing … on earth and in heaven … was given only to the one, holy, apostolic and universal (Catholic) Church. In the words of Jesus Christ:

And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)

Now, there would be “The People of God” – the members of the Catholic Church … and universal, Sunday, Eucharistic worship … according to the express command of our savior:

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks, broke and said: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall proclaim the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
(1st Corinthians 11:23-27)

Jesus Christ gave us an all new, Christian covenant, based on his grace … not on the old law … and on the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of his universal (Catholic) Church … not the old Jewish Temple Worship System, which itself would soon pass away.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, neither Jews nor Gentiles were required to keep the old Saturday sabbath, since the purpose of the old law had been served, and the Old Covenant (in its entirety) had been fulfilled and respectfully set aside by Christ, in favor of the New, grace empowered and saving Covenant, which he instituted for us at the Last Supper, paid for on the cross with his own blood, and confirmed through his glorious resurrection:

For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:12-13)

The Catholic Church … the only living “eye-witness” for Jesus Christ, and for all the events of the New Testament … explains in its official Catechism, the important differences between the sabbath of old, and Sunday, the Lord’s Day:

Sunday – fulfillment of the sabbath

2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.

2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship “as a sign of his universal beneficence to all.” Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.

In Christ’s love,

Alice

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Newsweek: Catholic priests seem to abuse children at the same rate as everyone else.

Since the mid-1980s, insurance companies have offered sexual misconduct coverage as a rider on liability insurance, and their own studies indicate that Catholic churches are not higher risk than other congregations.

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades. While the company saw an uptick in these claims by all types of churches around the time of the 2002 U.S. Catholic sex-abuse scandal, Eric Spacick, Guide One’s senior church-risk manager, says “it’s been pretty steady since.” On average, the company says 80 percent of the sexual misconduct claims they get from all denominations involve sexual abuse of children.

As a result, the more children’s programs a church has, the more expensive its insurance, officials at Guide One said.

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The Early Church Fathers and the development of the King James Bible

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Q: Why did Erasmus [who derived “Textus Receptus”, the Greek text on which the KJV was based] have a special love for the early (Catholic) Church Fathers?

A: What began as a family dispute, primarily within the clergy (Luther’s theses) and soon progressed into a real split (the Protestant Reformation) has now turned into a heretical debacle that is nothing short of open, popular apostasy.

The text of the original 1611 King James Bible is remarkably Catholic in most of what it contains. Only in later revisions were  more and more “unpopular” (Catholic) concepts removed. Erasmus comes down firmly on the side of the Catholic Church in his fidelity to essential Catholic doctrines, in his veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, his understanding of the Communion of  Saints, and many other matters that might today be considered hopelessly “papist”. 

Erasmus got these concepts from the teachings of the Church Fathers, and from the ancient and authentic doctrines of the Catholic Church, which have not changed, since the beginning.     

Writings of the Early Church Fathers Collection

Additional Writings

While it can be easily proved that the Catholic Church has through the ages, faithfully maintained the teachings of Christ and the apostles, it is also clear that many of the denominations have chased after strange doctrines, and have continued to diverge more and more from the authentic faith, to the point that many who belong to today’s denominations have never really heard the truth.

Since its’ inception, protestantism has been purely theoretical, having no practical, face-to face experience with God and Christ at all, so it’s no wonder that protestants often fail to recognize Jesus’ authentic truth, when they are confronted with it.

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Christians, do you believe what scripture says or man’s traditions?

Q: Christians, do you believe what scripture says or man’s traditions?

Then why do roman catholics believe in their traditions more than actual scripture?
                
A: The Bible is merely a subset of Catholic Sacred Tradition reduced to writing, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Protestants don’t understand this because they have yet to come up with any authentic, truthful, and complete theology of their own … mainly because they refuse to accept all the divine truths that Jesus entrusted to the Catholic Church alone.

Once you reject the bulk of God’s truth, the best you can hope for is a little smidgen of it, here and there.

The Protestant faith traditions attempt to make the most of those little smidgens of truth by splitting them up 50,000 different ways, and calling them “denominations”.

All that results is a modern day Tower of Babel.

Which church is the only true church on earth?

Q: Which church is the only true church on earth?

A: The true Church is the one that Jesus Christ personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, while he still walked the earth.

The true Church remains one, holy, universal, and apostolic to this day, as it will remain until the end of time.

 The true Church is both a supernatural institution that remains a “pilgrim” on the earth, and the Kingdom of God, made up of all the faithful “People of God”.

The true Church was first established in Jerusalem by the apostles, on Pentecost, courtesy of the Holy Spirit, and it was later established in Rome by St. Peter, around 42 AD. It has existed there continuously, ever since.

The true Church converted many of the local Jews and pagans for Christ, it converted the Roman emperor Constantine for Christ, it converted the Roman empire for Christ, and then went on to convert most of the known world for Christ.

The true Church saved the world after the fall of the Roman empire, stepping up to become the world’s only effective government, during some of the worst times the world has ever seen.

The true Church eventually rebuilt western civilization, in the image of Heaven.

The true Church provided the scholarship, theology, law, and philosophy that forms the basis for our present western system of law, justice, and higher education.

The true Church is still converting the world, one soul at a time, while giving correct praise and proper worship to God, 24/7 and 365, every hour of every day, all around the globe, as it will continue to do, until the end of time.

The true Church … because there is only one … incorporates within it all of the Orthodox Churches, and all of the authentically Christian denominations … whether they know it … or whether they agree with it … or not.

The true Church has Jesus as CEO, and the Holy Spirit as its’ full-time advocate and constant arbiter of all divine truth.

The true Church is the authentic earthly distributor of all God’s grace, truth, and salvation.

The true Church miraculously manages to carry on while populated, governed, and staffed by some who are heinous sinners, some who are corrupt officials, and some who are deviant criminals.

At the same time, the true Church remains the spiritual “homeland” of countless holy priests and blessed souls, some presently alive on earth, and some already dwelling eternally in heaven.

The true Church looks forward to the imminent return of Jesus Christ, the Judgment of all mankind, and the life of the world to come.

The true Church has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.