"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Don't abandon God because of 'attacks of evil' in church, pope says

The Holy Father is telling Catholics not to abandon the Church of Christ due to recent scandals that rocked the Church. Let's remained steadfast in our faith, "the gates of Hell will never prevail" (Mt. 16:18-19) against HIS Church. -CD2000

By Carol Glatz
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI urged young people not to abandon their faith in God because of the "attacks of evil" within the church.

"Carry intact the fire of your love in this church every time that men have obscured her face," he said in a foreword to a new catechism edited specifically for young people.

The new "Youth Catechism," also called "YouCat," will be included in each pilgrim backpack for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.

The pope said he wanted to supplement the Catechism of the Catholic Church by translating it "into the language of young people and make its words penetrate their world."

In the foreword, the pope urged everyone to study the catechism "with passion and perseverance" either alone, in study groups or in exchanges with others online.

Today's Christians really need to understand their faith more than ever before in order to resist modern day challenges and temptations, he wrote.

"You have need of divine help if you do not want your faith to dry up as a dewdrop in the sun, if you do not want to succumb to the temptations of consumerism, if you do not want your love to be drowned in pornography, if you do not want to betray the weak and the victims of abuse and violence," he wrote.

"You must know what you believe; you must know your faith with the same precision with which a specialist in information technology knows the (operating) system of a computer; you must know it as a musician knows his piece," the foreword said.

While not specifically mentioning the clerical sex abuse crisis, the pope acknowledged the effect it has had on the faithful and said "the community of believers has been wounded in recent times by the attacks of evil" and sin in the heart of the church.

"Do not take this as a pretext to flee from God's presence; you yourselves are the body of Christ, the church!" he told young people.

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