The Catholic Church has long been criticized as “too dogmatic”.

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The church has long been criticized as “too dogmatic.” Demands are constantly made that it change its 2,000-year-old teachings on marriage, family, sexuality, morality and other matters related to the truth about human beings. But even if others do not agree, the church understands that what it proclaims is revealed truth — the Word of God.

The church’s teachings are timeless. They cannot be changed, even though adherence may be upsetting to some. That the church is built on a rock with fixed beliefs is a positive feature, both because it can withstand the shifting winds of public opinion and because of the cherished content of our faith itself, which fosters love among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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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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Seen on the web: Catholic – Orthodox – or other?

Comment by JefZef

Years ago, some of my best friends left the Church to follow, what they believed to be, a more “biblical” path.  Their incessant character assassinations of Catholicism led me to investigate their claims.

I’m not a scholar or theologian.  This may seem simplistic to some, but in the end, it was the mere existence of Eastern Orthodoxy that provided, what to me at least, was the greatest worldly proof that Catholicism is the one, true Church instituted by Jesus Christ.

I began by temporarily removing the Catholic Church from the equation and looking only at the two schisms, one in 1054 and the other in 1520, and examined their fruits in the modern age.  They are profoundly different.

On the one hand, you’ve got one multinational Church, united under one Patriarch, that has remained unified and consistent in its doctrine, liturgy and traditions for nearly a millennium.

On the other hand, the Protestant Reformers couldn’t agree from day one.  There were Radical Reformers (Calvinists and the like) and Magisterial Reformers (Lutherans and Anglicans).  All of which have splintered into the 25,000+ denominations we have today.

All of these schismatics are Christians and none of them are Catholic, so why has one remained unified and consistent, while the others have fractured and splintered into so many varied parts as to be nearly unrecognizable as one religion? What is it that the Orthodox Church has that the Reformers do not?

I think the answer lies in the Apostolic priesthood.  Because the Orthodox retained a valid, Apostolic priesthood and all seven Sacraments, as well as a devotion to Mary, they had the perpetual protection of the Holy Spirit to keep them from chaos, confusion and division. Without that divine protection, I don’t think it would have been possible for them to last a century, let alone a millennium. A thousand years of consistency is just not possible for humanity alone. We are not even consistent in our interpretation of the US Constitution after two hundred years.

If I had any useful math skills, I’d try to calculate the odds. Two separate Churches agree on 99% of their doctrines then go their separate ways. After 50 generations apart, they come together in 1965 to discover that the only doctrinal difference they have is the very same 1% that they had a thousand years before. How does that happen, when Calvinists couldn’t last one generation, and Pentecostals can’t even do it on the same day in two churches a mile apart from each other?

In the end, I was left with, not 25,000 denominations to choose from, but two.  Since Jesus clearly gave authority to Peter and not to Andrew, the choice was obvious.  The current custodian of the keys to heaven is Pope Benedict XVI.

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Why be Catholic?


The fact that Jesus Christ took on flesh, lived a human existence, communicated and confirmed certain divine truths, died, subsequently rose again, and (while he still walked the earth) founded and personally guaranteed the Catholic Church (in spite of the human corruption, which has always been a part of it) provides Catholic Christianity with a unique status, as the only constant, living eye-witness to divine truth (and the ONLY church that Jesus Christ EVER founded, authorized, empowered and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.)

Q: How could you prove your religion is the only true religion?

Q: How could you prove your religion is the only true religion?

A: I would ask God himself to come down from heaven and personally establish one, true church that would be traditionally run by weak, corrupt and sinful men, yet miraculously ensure that its divine truth and salvific power would always be preserved, right up until the end of time.

Then, I would call it “Catholic”.

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Divine Truth or Cleverly Contrived Myth? How Catholics can tell the difference.

During the holy seasons of Easter and Christmas, Catholics are told that the pertinent events discussed in Sacred Scripture consist of “myth,” “mythological elements,” or “mythic roots.”

Never mind that many scholarly sources concede that it is difficult to define myth (cf. G. Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament IV, 762-795). Further, critics say this “mythic” Scripture is not limited to the empty tomb and Incarnation but to all of Holy Writ.

This alleged relationship between Scripture and “myth” requires an analysis via the Holy Bible, Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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