How Old Is Your Church?

Pentecost: Descent of the Holy Spirit

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as ‘Church of the Nazarene,” “Pentecostal Gospel.” “Holiness Church,” “Pilgrim Holiness Church,” “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past century.

If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and it is still the same Church.

Courtesy of EWTN and the Sancte Pater Blog

Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?

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Q: Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

Do you also pray to saints?

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

My Catholic Reply: 

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

A: We pray to God, and we give worship to God alone. We include all Christians, all the angels, and all the saints, in our prayer life. That’s what authentic “communion” and authentic “church” is all about.

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

A: The Pope is certainly NOT God. The Pope is the legitimate, authoritative, and powerful leader of the universal Christian Church that was founded by Jesus Christ, that has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

A: The Pope has the authority to bind and loose on earth and in heaven, because Jesus personally endowed the leader of the universal church with that power. Jesus remains the only judge as to whether our particular actions or inactions constitute a sin. In the mean time, the Pope provides a prudential opinion on the matter, for the good of the whole church.

Do you also pray to saints?

A: See the answer to your first question, above.

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

A: To be a saint, a person must be admitted into heaven, according to the judgment of Jesus Christ. When the Church chooses to officially declare a person a saint, the Church considers the matter to be a certainty, according to the power of “the Keys” and according to the power of “binding and loosing”, which was personally given to the Pope and to the Church, by Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the universal Christian Church.

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

A: I don’t. There’s no official requirement for any Catholic to do so. Some have and some do, and for very practical purposes … none of which have ever been contrary to the Christian faith.

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

A: Anyone who has been baptized with water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is a member of the authentic, universal (Catholic) Church. Some imperfectly so.

Those who (for whatever reason) are unable or unwilling to accept ALL that God has revealed, for the purpose of our salvation, through the only Church that was ever founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed by Jesus Christ … the Catholic Church … are charitably invited to prayerfully consider the words of St. Paul:

Phi 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
Phi 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
Phi 2:3 Let nothing be done through contention: neither by vain glory. But in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
Phi 2:4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.
Phi 2:5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Phi 2:6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Phi 2:7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
Phi 2:8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
Phi 2:9 For which cause, God also hath exalted him and hath given him a name which is above all names:
Phi 2:10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
Phi 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Phi 2:12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.