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“You don’t need to confess your sins to a priest. You can go straight to God.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Confession

As a former Baptist minister, I can understand the Protestant objection to confession (they have a different understanding of priesthood). But for a Catholic to say something like this…it’s disappointing. I suspect that, human nature being what it is, people just don’t like telling other people their sins, and so they come up with justifications …

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“I don’t need to go to Church. As long as I’m a good person, that’s all that really matters.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Eucharist, Go to Church

This argument is used often, and is pretty disingenuous. When someone says he’s a “good person,” what he really means is that he’s “not a bad person” — bad people being those who murder, rape, and steal. Most people don’t have to extend a lot of effort to avoid these sins, and that’s the idea: …

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Early Christians on the Holy Eucharist

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Eucharist, Eucharist

contributed by Eric Ewanco eje@world.std.com [Some of these are duplicated in the main document on the Eucharist. Most are from William Jurgens, Faith of the Early Fathers.] Clement of Rome (80 A.D.) in Corinthians 36:1 refers to the Eucharist as the “offering of the gift.” St. Clement, bishop of Rome, 80 A.D., to the Corinthians, …

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Baptism: Man’s Birth into Divine Life

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

Baptism [Please also see Steve Brandt’s oroughly informative piece on infant baptism.] In Sacred Scripture The emphasis in each passage is, of course, added. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) Mark 16 14 Afterward he appeared to …

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Why must Catholics pay money for a Mass that is offered up for deceased relatives and friends when the Bible states that the gift of God is not to be purchased with money? (Acts 8:20).

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Eucharist

Catholics are not compelled to pay for Masses offered up for someone’s special intention. They are simply reminded that giving a “stipend” (usually $5) is the custom. Priests will oblige without a stipend being paid if the one making the request can ill afford it. Giving stipends for special intention Masses is the custom because …

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Why does the Catholic Church baptize infants, who have no understanding of what is taking place?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

he Catholic Church baptizes infants because Christ wills it. He must will it because He said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me.” (Matt. 19:14). According to the Apostle Paul, one cannot truly come to Christ except through Baptism. (Rom. 6:3-4). Christ must will it because the Apostles baptized “all …

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The Bible says that after Christ was baptized He “came out of the water” (Matt. 3:16), indicating that He was baptized by total immersion. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church also baptize by total immersion instead of by pouring on the head?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

The Catholic Church usually baptizes by pouring: 1) because water sufficient for total immersion is not readily obtainable in some localities, 2) because total immersion would be cruel for babies, fatal for some sick people and impossible for some prison inmates, and 3) because the Apostles baptized by pouring. In the Didache, composed by the …

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Why don’t Catholic priests marry? The Bible says that a bishop should be “blameless, the husband of one wife” (1 Tim. 3:2), which certainly indicates that Christ approves of marriage for the Christian clergy.

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Holy Order

Catholic priests do not marry because, while Christ does indeed approve of marriage for the Christian clergy, He much prefers that they do not marry. He made this quite clear when He praised the Apostles for giving up “all” to follow Him, saying, “And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or …

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Why do Catholics call their priests “Father” despite the fact that Christ said: “Call no man on earth your father; for one is your Father, who is in heaven”! (Matt. 23:9).

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Holy Order

Catholics call their priests “Father” because in all matters pertaining to Christ’s holy faith they perform the duties of a father, representing God. The priest is the agent of the Christian’s supernatural birth and sustenance in the world. “Father” is a title which does not conflict in the slightest with Matthew 23:9. Christ forbids the …

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Why do Catholics believe their Holy Communion is the actual Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ? Why don’t they believe as [most] Protestants do that Christ is only present symbolically, or spiritually, in the consecrated bread and wine?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Eucharist, Eucharist

Catholics believe that their Holy Communion, the Blessed Eucharist, is the actual Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ, because that is what Christ said It was: “This is my body… This is my blood” (Matt. 26:26-28; see also Luke 22:19-20 and Mark 14:22-24); because that is what Christ said they must receive in order to …

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