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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Protestantism at its heart is divorced from history.

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True Christians Follow the Pope

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Obedience to the Catholic Church? Yes. Blind obedience to the Catholic Church? No.

“What was it in the culture of the Catholic Church in Boston that made such tragically incorrect reading of the evidence possible?” In other words, why for certain bishops of the Archdiocese did “the good name and reputation of the institutional church and its representatives [outrank] all other considerations, even the safety of children”?

While the staunch pro-Catholic might argue that centuries of American anti-Catholicism forced bishops into a self-protective bunker, it turns out that, according to Mass, you really need to know the difference between analogical and dialectical.

This distinction was made over fifty years ago in a classic work by David Tracy, which I have not read but which is the foundation for Massa’s argument. The book The Analogical Imagination explains Catholicism as analogical, meaning that the divine is seen by Catholics as being actually present in the material. This means that God is present concretely, as in the sacraments. Creation, therefore, is good, “revelatory of the Holy.” The Church being “the body of Christ” means that community is key to salvation in the Catholic world view. We Catholics have a “fundamental trust in the goodness of persons and institutions.”

The Protestant—and I was one, and so in a way still am too—is dialectical. Luther, Kierkegaard, Barth, Niebuhr, Tillich—all Protestant thinkers—“insist on the radical difference separating” God and me. This implies that we humans are estranged from God, and must be individually saved. For our salvation, we depend not on a Church but on our individual reading of the Word, the Book, the Scriptures.

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Editor’s note: Be sure to read the first reader comment.

Supreme irony: Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary for being the perfect example of the greatest Protestant virtue.

MARY PIERCED HEART

One of the battle-cries of the Protestant Reformation was “Faith Alone!”  One key conviction that united the many disparate strands of the Reformation was that it is impossible to earn God’s favor by our good works . . . that we rather we receive his love as a pure gift, a grace, through faith.

Now consider Mary.  Did she crisscross the Mediterranean planting Churches like Paul?  Did she give eloquent sermons like Stephen (Acts 7)?  Did she govern the Church like Peter?  No.  Her claim to fame is that she simply said yes to God.  She believed He could do as he said and would do as He said.

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Catholics for Choice is just another bunch of corrupt heretics in search of approval, funded by enemies of the Catholic Church.

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These guys want to act as an alternate Magisterium, in order to promote all their favorite vices and abominations. Their latest election video runs almost 40 minutes, and it’s a great example of  the type of corrupt academic leaders we have teaching our children, today … the same elitist wackos who are attempting to seduce the poorly catechized Catholic electorate.

I’ll save you a lot of time: According to these people, the church is wrong. Premarital sex, birth control, abortion, homosexual acts and same sex marriage are not only OK … but normal. Certainly not sinful!

The Catholic Church would be much better off if it relaxed its prohibitions against various sins … especially sexual sins … since according to these people … sin doesn’t really exist any more. The various Catholic opinion polls prove it.

The only thing they got right is this: These people are still Catholic, by virtue of their baptism. So were the first Protestant heretics, and these guys are no different.

But I doubt that will help them much, come Judgment Day!

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“The Great Apostasy” vs. the Promises of Christ and Divine Providence

Many non Catholics have made the false charge that the Catholic Church Apostatized shortly after the last Apostle died and therefore the Catholic Church of today is not the primitive Christian Church founded by Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18.

No genuine historical documents, exact dates, or names are ever presented by them to substantiate this false charge.

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Even though the Mormon baptismal rite refers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the church’s beliefs about the identity of the three persons are so different from Catholic and mainline Christian belief that the rite cannot be regarded as a Christian baptism.

“It is not a Protestant church.”

“Protestant” is the proper term for the new churches of Western Christianity formed during the Reformation, for the branches of those churches and for their members. The main branches of Protestantism include Baptist, Congregational, Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian and Reformed denominations.

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