|St. Peter's Square seen on top of St. Peter's Cathedral in Vatican overlooking the eternal City of Rome.|
Unable to confront the intelligence of Catholic Apologists and Defenders of the Catholic Faith here's at Monk's Hobbit blog an Iglesia ni Cristo member by the pseudonym artsee came up with these Wikileaks scandals as his weapaon attacking the Catholic Church. All he thought is that by these latest scandals, it would make is Iglesia ni Manalo the real church.
Note: Bro. Quirino Sugon cut short this INC member's feasting (read below) when Bro. Quirino told him that there were worse scandals in the church than that. One commentator said, these scandals are not new to us, we always admit that we have sinners in the Church as well as saints. That's the reason why Jesus left us with the Sacrament of Reconcilliation because he knew very well that some members would commit sin:
Since it is known around the world that it is not a normal practice for INC members to follow standard protocol in basic journalism, let me provide you a link of the news involving the Vatican Bank of alleged money laundering to the rejoicing of anti-Catholic cult Iglesia ni Manalo.
Now, read below Bro. Quirino Sugon's response to this INC member. He cut-short artsee's rejoicing when he confronted his comments with a series of scandals which involved Popes and other Church nobilities. He nailed it right on its head! Link to this ongoing forum is found HERE! Two thumbs up Bro. Quirino!
|Posted by Quirino M. Sugon Jr on December 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm|
In the 2000 years of Catholic History, nothing is new. We have seen the worst popes:
“The Borgias or Borjas were a Valencian (Spanish)-Italian noble family who became prominent during the Renaissance. They are remembered today for their corrupt rule when one of them was Pope. The Borgias have been accused of many different crimes, generally on considerable evidence, including adultery, simony, theft, rape, bribery, incest, and murder (especially murder by arsenic poisoning).
“Rodrigo, a cunning intriguer, was elected Pope in 1492, taking the name Alexander VI. He had several acknowledged children, of which Lucrezia and Cesare were best known. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Borgia)
Yes, this is the Catholic Church where I belong (though bad popes are few exceptions to the list of holy popes). If the Catholic Church was invented by man, the Catholic Church could have disintegrated into many sects as what happened to Protestantism. But the Catholic Church remains. Whenever there is a crisis in the Church, God always send saints to repair it. During the reign of three popes, God sent St. Catherine of Siena. When the Popes became too worldly and obsessed with wealth and honor, God sent the humble St. Francis. When Europe was split with Albigensian heresy, God sent St. Dominic. When Protestantism was gripping Europe, God sent St. Ignatius. And when the ancient world was torn by Arianism (the predecessor of INC), God sent St. Ignatius of Antioch. Their heroic life of virtues, the holiness of their writings, and the miracles they performed all point to one source: God.
The Catholic Church was not invented by man. Christ the Son of God founded it on Peter the Rock. And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
Anti-Catholics like the Iglesia ni Manalo cult in the Philippines maybe rejoicing over these alleged improprieties involving the Vatican and some religious nuns however those scandals will not make the Catholic Church less genuine and certainly these and many more scandals to come will not even make the Iglesia ni Cristo's claim to be the real one.
One of the finest Catholic Converts Fr.Taylor Marshall (which I posted earlier in my blog) said in his book "The Crucified Rabbi":
"I came to believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the People of God. In the Old Testament, the People of Israel were not free to create a “new Israel” or to form a new denomination of “Protestant Israelites.” [emphasis mine] No matter how corrupt the priests, the high priests, and the kings of Judah became, the covenant of God remained in effect. As I reflected on this, I perceived that the Protestant Reformation rejected the scriptural belief in a united, visible Church—a nation taken for granted in the Book of Acts and the epistles of Saint Paul.
My wife and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church on may 23, 2006, along with our four children. I became a Catholic Christian because I realized that the Catholic Church alone could trace her doctrine, liturgy, customs, and morality back to those Jewish beginnings when a rabbi named Jesus roamed the Holy Land with a band of Jewish disciples. As a Catholic Christian, I am linked not only to the early Church, but also to the ancient tradition of the Old Testament. I can now say with the Apostle Paul (who was a Rabbi Saul): I share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all. – Romans 4:16"
Let me rephrase again what Fr. Taylor had said: That even how stubborn the Israelites were, even how King David's greatness crumbled down through his lust (and thus having the wisest of all Kings of Israel - King Solomon), GOD NEVER ABANDONED ISRAEL nor did HE FOUND ANOTHER ISRAEL. God remained faithful even his people were not. In the same way, Jesus will never abandon HIS CHURCH (as he promised in Mt. 16:16-18) never the powers of Hell could prevail.