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Catholic Apologetics Reference Guide 101 for Catholics everywhere
In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.(1 Peter 3:15 RSV)
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The Catholic Church is the world's largest, and Christianity's oldest, religious body. Her 1.1 billion members occupy the width and breadth of the earth, comprising almost one-six the total human population. She is far and away the most popular religious belief the world has ever known. Ironically, however, the Catholic Church is also the world's most controversial religious concept. Catholic belief is different, too different to be orthodox, say Protestants. Catholic belief is too ethereal to be logical, and too strict to be enjoyable, say the humanists. Hence to millions of people, Catholicism is not only a massive success; it is also a massive mystery.
Protestants and others who have questions about Catholic belief too often make the mistake of going to the wrong place for the answers. Too often books written by religious incompetents are consulted. The result is incomplete and distorted information. The right place to go for information about Catholic belief is the Catholic Church herself. This website was created by a Catholic who knows the questions you are likely to ask, as well as the answers.
Hundreds of Catholics each year are led to doubt their faith because they do not know the biblical basis of it. What is the biblical basis of the Catholic faith?
the Church of the Living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth (1 Tim 3:15, RSV)
"From a Catholic perspective, having to rely on the Scriptures alone to prove the teachings of the Church is illogical and "unbiblical." This is because we only know of the inspiration of the Scriptures due to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, who determined the canon of Scripture at the end of the fourth century. Nothing in Scripture tells us what Scriptures are inspired, what books belong in the Bible, or that Scripture is the final authority on questions concerning the Christian faith. To the contrary, while every Scripture passage in the Bible is inspired (see, for example, 2Tim 3:16 in reference to the Old Testament Scriptures), it is the Church, not the Scriptures, that is the pillar and bulwark of the truth. (1Tim 3:15) and the final arbiter on questions of the Christian faith (Mat 18:17)."
"What Church? Scripture reveals this Church to be the one Jesus Christ built upon the rock of Saint Peter (Mat 16:18). By giving Peter the keys of authority (Mat 16:19), Jesus appointed Peter as the chief steward over His earthly kingdom (cf. Isa 22:20-22), and charged Peter to be the source of strength for the rest of the apostles (Luke 22:32) and the earthly shepherd of Jesus' flock (John 21:15-17). Jesus further gave Peter, and the apostles and elders in union with him, the power to bind and loose in heaven what they bound and loosed on earth. (Mat 16:19, 18:18). This teaching authority did not die with Peter and the apostles, but was transferred to future bishops through the laying on of hands (e.g., Acts 1:20, 6:6, 8:18, 9:17, 13:3; 1Tim 4:14, 5:22; 2Tim 1:6). It is through the teaching authority and apostolic tradition (1Cor 11:2; 2Thess 2:15, 3:6) of this Church, who is guided by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16,26, 16:13), that we know of the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and the manifold wisdom of God. (cf. Eph 3:10)."
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Jesus' "Brothers" and Mary's Perpetual Virginity
In this article Catholic Apologist Mark J. Bonocore present this argument ecumenically using Scripture alone, to prove that these “brothers” and “sisters” are NOT the children of Joseph and Mary, and that the belief in Mary’s perpetual virginity is in no way refuted by the New Testament.
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Name: Godwin Delali ChristiansUnite ID: cceerpp Member Since: 2007-03-19 Location: Accra, Ghana Denomination: Catholic About Me: Hello, my name is Godwin A. Delali simply GADEL. I'm an African and a citizen of Ghana the 'Gold Coast'. I'm a believer who recognise, Accept and Worship God the Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ; I'm a Catholic and a lover of the Gospel.
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