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Roman Catholicism

What do Catholics believe?


Catholic beliefs incude the following:

  • Direct and continuous organizational descent from the original church founded by Jesus Matthew 16:18, who, according to tradition, designated the Apostle Peter as its first leader.
  • Belief that Jesus Christ is Divine, a doctrine officially clarified in the First Council of Nicea and expressed in the Nicene Creed.
  • Belief that the elements in the Eucharist become really, truly, the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ at consecration, resulting in the Real Presence of Christ. Many additionally believe that, because Christ himself is present in the sacrament, he is to be honoured in it with the worship of adoration.
  • Possession of the "threefold ordained ministry" of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.
  • All ministers are ordained by, and subject to, Bishops, who pass down sacramental authority by the "laying-on of hands", having themselves been ordained in a direct line of succession from the Apostles (see Apostolic Succession).
  • Belief that the Church is the vessel and deposit of the fullness of the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles from which the Scriptures were formed. This teaching is preserved in both written scripture and in unwritten tradition, neither being independent of the other.
  • A belief in the necessity and efficacy of sacraments.
  • The use of sacred images, candles, vestments and music, and often incense and water, in worship.
  • Veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus as the Blessed Virgin Mary or Theotokos (i.e., "God-bearer" or "Mother of God"), and veneration of the saints.
  • A distinction between adoration (latria) for God, and veneration (dulia) for saints. The term hyperdulia is used for a special veneration accorded to the Virgin Mary among the saints.
  • The use of prayer for the dead.
  • The acceptance of canonizations.
  • Requests to the departed saints for intercessory prayers.

 

Areas of Concern

The Catholic religion is composed of traditions which are not based upon the Word of God.  Matthew 23:9 warns us not to reverence any man as "Father."  Yet, this is exactly what the Catholic religion practices.  1st Timothy 4:1-3 warns us...

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.” 1Timothy 4:1-3

Catholicism teaches it's members not to eat meat (during Lent) and forbids its priests from getting married. The Catholic Bible contains the same instructions but the Vatican encourages people to listen to the Holy Father in Rome, the local priest, and their catechisms instead of studying the Word of God for themselves. The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church clearly stand against the teachings that are in the Holy Word of God.

The Catholic Church teaches that Mary was without sin, but the Bible clearly teaches that even Mary needed a savior. See Luke chapter 1 verses 46 and 47.
"And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..."

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Further online Resources

Good News for Catholics: www.gnfc.org

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0 #14 2014-10-29 08:04
Praise God people,we must understand that God light and in him there is no element if Darkness.
Salvation is in only one even Jesus the son of the living God .As it is appointed unto man once to die and after death there is judgement .if these Catholic guys were of God they will proclaim what Jesus talked about. As them are you a christian and they will quickly respond I am a Catholic if they were Christians they will answer as such
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0 #13 2013-01-03 12:32
I grew up in the Catholic church. After many years away from "church" I now attend an Anglican church, but am not Anglican. I am not any denomination as Jesus came to build a church, not an institution. I can tell you quite rightly that the Catholic church does stand out differently to Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran etc churches and though there have been these divisions, I wouldn't say these other mainstream churches are anti biblical but the Catholic church is, in it's veneration of Mary, praying to dead saints, transubstantiat ion, the Pope's word over the Bible, the Apocrypha, works to get into heaven (not the free gift of redemption), purgatory, praying for dead people to get them to heaven. Anglicans, Baptists, Lutherans, Uniting Church, Church of Christ etc would never adhere to the list above. They are protestant churches, and though not perfect, their doctrines are more biblical. Have you seen the movie "Luther"? Worth a watch, things haven't really changed.
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0 #12 2012-08-09 13:18
Quoting qwerty:
but James called Abraham father..... :lol:


Yes, and most of us call our own earthly fathers "Father". I guess there is a difference between using the word "Father" in an earthly sense or to illustrate a metaphor but calling someone on earth your "Holy Father" is probably what the article is referring too. There may be another explanation out there too...?
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0 #11 2012-08-09 02:50
but James called Abraham father.....
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0 #10 2011-02-13 22:35
Quoting Max Cosme:
I stand with Claudia. I am not a Roman Catholic, but this is simply appalling. It simply isn't a correct portrayal of the beliefs of Rome. The issues you bring up about Rome could also be said of Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, or Lutheran traditions as well. Any educated Christian would understand that this caricature is simply ridiculous.


Ridiculous: Which aspects in particular are you referring to Max?
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0 #9 2011-02-13 21:24
I stand with Claudia. I am not a Roman Catholic, but this is simply appalling. It simply isn't a correct portrayal of the beliefs of Rome. The issues you bring up about Rome could also be said of Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, or Lutheran traditions as well. Any educated Christian would understand that this caricature is simply ridiculous.
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-9 #8 2010-09-16 13:38
I'm a former catholic who has studied the Bible for many years now... The catholic link only scratched the surface...not intending to be mean, I'm sure. The apostle Paul must not have been catholic because he said in so many words it's not right to Crucify Christ again and again... (which your Eucharist is said to do as it becomes Jesus' body & blood broken and spilled Again) My Jesus LIVES FOREVER... After dying only Once... The words JESUS said were "do this in remembrance of Me" Which I gladly do to remember the Huge Sacrifice He made to allow Holy Almighty God to fellowship with me -a mere man- now & Guarantee My passage into heaven one day... I WANT to live Right and please Him out of gratitude for this wonderful gift. No deeds ,works or religious practice will gain Gods Favor... If you have to "do" anything outside of receiving a Gift, then its Not a Gift at all but instead its wages... Read Ephesians 2:8-9 (it's crystal clear) Have you received Jesus Once for all ?
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-7 #7 Administrator 2010-05-05 15:58
Quoting Tim:
Well that dictionary definition site sounds like an awesome idea. But even so, saying things such as text books are biased in favour of evolution is not fully correct. Evolution is scientific study, not religious (yes I know the term isn't right) "Speculation". But I will follow this up in the forum when I have the chance. Thanks for dealing with my anger, I left posts on the other pages and forums, in a calm and positive manner.


Hah, no worries Tim. There are already some good discussions happening in the evolution forum, so feel free to jump in and contribute in that or in the Catholicism forum too.

Warm regards,

Heath
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+12 #6 2010-05-05 15:44
Well that dictionary definition site sounds like an awesome idea. But even so, saying things such as text books are biased in favour of evolution is not fully correct. Evolution is scientific study, not religious (yes I know the term isn't right) "Speculation". But I will follow this up in the forum when I have the chance. Thanks for dealing with my anger, I left posts on the other pages and forums, in a calm and positive manner.
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+19 #5 Administrator 2010-05-04 23:36
Quoting Tim:
Okay Church of England, Lutherans, Baptists... Obviously all completely the same beliefs. There is a reason for splits, and they are long gone. I'm a Catholic and I have to say, i do not accept everything the pope says. The Vaticans view on Euthanasia for example is something I'm against. Also,about biblical evidence... there is none, the bible can and will support anyone's point of view. There are thousands of sentences which when warped in the right way can prove anything. In fact, why don't I claim that Jesus reccomends we all stop working out because he said blessed are the meek. Dont tell me thats not what he meant because You CANT PROVE IT. It's your belief, and if you are going to create a site for information on choice... why be soooo biased?


Hi Tim,

Keep going to the gym, I’m sure it’s not what He meant :)
I see what you mean about there being a verse somewhere that can be warped to support almost any belief. I guess we need to be careful not to develop whole doctrines around the interpretation of one scripture, but instead only when there are multiple supporting scriptures that support and point to the same thing. Presuming that we hold the same esteem for the Bible, then we can look to it to check our beliefs and what others are saying to make sure that we haven’t allowed the teachings of a professor, priest or well-meaning parent to distort the Bible’s original teachings. I don’t think you will find a totally unbiased site anywhere when you are talking about religions and faith. Maybe an Encyclopaedia or a dictionary but then again, they often run with a bias towards textbook evolution. This website is still a great place to express your personal beliefs and to discuss with others what theirs are. The starting canvas might be bias but that’s always a great way to get some discussion going which will then open up the floor for some also bias opinions from every different spectrum. Everyone will have their bias or belief which they are entitled to. Maybe I will try to set up a parallel site for interfaith dialogue sometime which simply has a dictionary definition for each world religion and then set up a forum for discussion.

Heath
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