"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, June 13, 2013

We are Catholics! The CHURCH is there to guide us!

As true Catholics, we don't accept relativism. We have the teaching authority of the Church to guide us. The Lord Himself solemnly declares: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bound on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:18-19). We believe the assurance of the Savior that He will never abandon His Church: “I will be with you always until the end of time” (Mt. 28:20). Thus, the Church cannot teach error because it has promise of the Lord that He will send the Spirit of Truth to guide it and to lead it into ALL the truth: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you” (Jn. 14:26).

Unlike in Protestantism and Evangelicalism, there is no central teaching authority – everything is interpretation – hence, truth remains to be subjective and relative (and that is no truth at all). The Catholic Church, on the other hand, has a teaching authority as willed by its Divine Founder. Thus, when as doctrine is doubted or debated, the Church settles the issue once and for all. Truly, the Church is the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). When our leaders make a binding decision, we obey and submit them because it is written: “Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account” (Heb. 13:17). - by Jason Noel

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