myths about the catholic religion

No one book can answer everyone's questions or objections about Catholicism, but this work examines seven of the most controversial and most common myths about the Catholic Church. Hi! This doesn’t mean it is/isn’t true (there are no verses in the Bible that say Jesus used the bathroom either…), but it is not in the Bible (other than that phrase, if you translate it that way). The question whether to be a Catholic or some other Christian really rises and falls on this one single question. Not ‘a’ Savior or ‘the’ Savior. (Things are going to get crazy–I can already tell! I’m not Catholic and I’m not claiming anyone is wrong. We go together pretty much every Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass and she still has no idea what’s going on. Sometimes when we’ve done something truly awful we can be tempted to despair. Some common myths include the idea that Catholics worship Mary, Catholics must earn their way to Heaven, Catholics believe they can “just go to confession” (and keep on sinning), and that Catholicism rejects Biblical teaching in favor of man-made traditions. But in all seriousness, I recommend reading Pope Francis’s homilies (equivalent to a sermon). Of these, some priests can marry after ordination. The Catholic Church is the Church that Christ began, I’ll be sure to let you know when I do! Thank you, by the way, for putting so much thought into your writing. But the more I’m reading, the more things are making sense and the more I’m saying “Oh yeah, I recognize this Bible line. But no matter how many times I say it, it isn’t vain repetition because I actually mean it. Hope to see you then! You could apply it to many different things, including many Protestant pastors. I think u would enjoy what he went through during his conversion. To put it simply, we ask her to put in a good word for us with her son. They would always tell me that in their Christian Bible studies they would “Eat Catholics for breakfast.” I understand this now, but it’s also why this post makes me so excited to know there are Protestants out there that are interested in learning more about Catholicism. (Some) Priests are married! Just a thought, Dawn. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”, Bible: 1. if Mary is highly favored to bear Jesus…. I would like to bring up the point that Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It does not give any exclusions at all. In some cases they left great riches to follow God, some chose to turn away from loved ones, some chose death, some just went against mainstream society(within whichever time period they lived in), and did “crazy” things…The whole point is they said Yes to God in a way that “normal” people do not. *The extra books were not added in, but rather taken out. If you’ll give me a chance to clarify, it might help with some hurt feelings. I’d love to read it! I don’t think anyone here has ever been raised protestant – except a handful of teenagers – but the protestant church, for the most part, is 1st generation. I was catholic for 18 years. He never claimed her sinless but looking at the translation and the word favor, grace can mean the same thing and this is what favor means in the Bible.No where in the definition do I find sinless? Anyway, the indulgence abuse, in a way, resembles the sexual abuses and scandal that we witnessed recently. Those who think otherwise aren’t actually Catholics. How could one believe as Luther said, that one could commit adultery 100 times a day AND murder just as many and as long as you believe in Jeus, you will be saved? No saint nor priest needed to intercede for me because CHRIST ALREADY DID THAT ON THE CROSS FOR ALL ETERNITY. They are former Catholics and have since declared their joy in knowing the truth. I’ll be sure to check it out! Go to TURN THE PAGES and see the list of books in the VOLUMES. I was baptized in the catholic church, studied in a catholic shool from preschool to high school and now working as s teacher in a catholic school. A side note: Martin Luther also held May in extremely high esteem for a very long time after leaving the Church. There are so many times He talks of entering heaven or having eternal life that mention things other than faith alone. I see what you mean about the rich analogy! I’ve heard plenty of Protestants vehemently proclaim Faith ALONE, and that was always the understanding that I got. In fact, the Mass is centered around the Eucharist in which Catholics believe Christ becomes physically present in our midst and we are united to Him. This is the most important objection I have to Catholicism: Catechism #2782 I dont know if I would go so far as to call Mary “perfect” per-se, she did leave her son for at least a DAY without realizing he was missing…. What about confession? We believe she was immaculately conceived-born without original sin. It is one of those things that the Church can NOT and will NEVER change, because she does NOT have the authority to do so. Thanks for your input. That’s part of the beauty of Mary and why she is so important and such an important part of our beliefs. And in the second part we say: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. I went the same process a few years ago when I was in the hospital, watched EWTN, and actually liked it. It isn’t anything that is going to put their salvation at risk. It is a beautiful thing. The Council of Trent was more like making those books “official”. Catholics hold them in high esteem as good examples of how to live a faithful life. What we do know of her, she tried to please God. I hope, if these are not on your list of must haves, that you consider these recommendations to dig in when you have more time. This “veering off” was Already a “problem” in Paul’s day, as he was obeying God by preaching God’s Gospel Of GRACE to the Gentiles. If these claims are in fact true, then everything else I may or may not have issues with can logically follow. Just wanted to let you know that, as promised, my post on the Eucharist is finished. If you want to learn more on the subject of contraception > abortion > euthanasia, read Pope Paul VI encyclical Humanae Vitae (1968)—very Prophetic. Because the fault is on the person or persons involved, not the core concepts behind the system as a whole. I don’t know if we can blend our denominations or not but I don’t want my husband to give up everything. Doesn’t Catholic Doctrine say that I’m doomed – because I’ve never had the Sacraments from an authorized, official priest? In your search, I hope you find the Truth and that your Heavenly Father uses this search for His perfect will. It was a huge deal. So, even though Mary was conceived without original sin, she still could have chosen to be disobedient. It’s only when these traditions are prioritized over God Himself or when they take us further away from God instead of drawing us near. Is there room for improvement? It takes far more than an “act of Congress” to get something inserted into Church Dogma. Try to look it up online but here is the testimony of one such convert: I honestly do not believe I could ever agree with a lot of their stuff, but it is an eye-opener to learn where they come from. Even Julius Caesar was baptized by an Arian priest right before death. I want to encourage people to get to know what the church actually teaches – not just what they’ve seen by imperfect humans who get things wrong sometimes. Ta da! For more on Mary and the Saints, please see the following post in this series, which looks at the issue much more in-depth: What do Catholics Really Believe About Mary, Saints and Statues? It was always my concern to teach my son to be attentive and actively involved in the prayers of the Mass. This is a story that is far from over. You shall know the Truth & The Truth will set you free. They aren’t asking Mary to do anything under her own power–just asking her to pray for them. I agree! Millions are leaving the Catholic Church and this is a good thing! He is always there no matter how lost we feel or how much our life feels like a mess. I was horrified to see the Pope putting out something about granting indulgences for tweets or something like that awhile ago. This is a tradition that goes as far back as Genesis 18. Things I was so sure of before–basic tenants of my faith–were suddenly glaringly wrong. I do believe that I am a Christian whether or not I am a practicing Catholic. lol. I thnk that there should be great division and let Luther start a church and Calvin start a church and so on and so on. Please see our. I don’t agree with the statement: “The probem with living with the Bible alone, is that most people are not capable of discerning what the Bible teaches nor were they meant to. So when you see a Catholic or Orthodox kneeling before the Consecrated Bread Then you can be CERTAIN that they are worshiping Jesus, Almighty God, the Second Person of the Trinity. The problem with sin is isolation from God and the veneration of Mary and the Saints is just one piece in the big puzzle of trying to thrive in an imperfect, world where humans themselves seem seem to have a “negative stability”– tending towards disorder, chaos and isolation absent the positive inputs of grace and community. A regular traditions (t) can be changed. I am on that page. With great clarity and charity, Kaczor gives common sense explanations that cut through some of the most controversial myths about the Church and exposes the truth. It is a very common perception. We say the Hail Mary like we call a friend and ask them to be there for us. And at the same time we are going through five stages of the prayer and at each stage we are meditating on a certain part of scripture. God is outside of time and space, Jesus’ sacrifice saves us in the same way it saved Mary- she was just preserved from sin from conception so that she could be The New Ark of the New Covenant. I love my catholic faith, l think its about doing rather than giving, although they like you to give as well. Correction. However, it was because of Eve’s decision in the garden that we need Jesus. His conversion story is “Rome Sweet Home” His wife, Kimberly, had a much harder time with her conversion, and many can relate to her story. Keep in mind that my grandmother came from a town and currently lived in rural Alabama where 0 Catholics could be found. Sure, there is always a *chance,* because we’re not God and we can’t ultimately judge the state of someone’s soul, but “being a good person” really isn’t the measuring stick God uses…. I’ve never seen one myself either. Me neither. So I pray you would think hard because in fact you are misrepresenting both Catholic and Protestant beliefs. I hope that this will bring a bit of understanding. Catholics are not certain about how much people in Heaven know about what is going on here on Earth. Yes, it was awful. That she was without sin to be an appropriate mother for our Lord incarnate to come to earth. I can help a bit here. The problem was the New Testament. In brief: God’s Prophetic Program “prophesied since the world began,” Under Law, committed to the twelve Response to Myth #8 Happy that the one true God found her and saved her and loves her…someone who never knew the love of God growing up in the Catholic church but when He found her…Wow! I’m still not so sure that a perfect person agreeing to raise a perfect baby is quite an impressive as sinners raising kids in today’s culture, though 🙂 Not saying she’s not a tremendous example of faith; just have yet to fall in love as much as Catholics have, if that makes sense 🙂. But it doesn’t invalidate the church’s teachings because a group of people chose not to follow it. Losing Jesus for 3 days when he was an adolescent and the strife and suffering from that. People who have died and gone before us can’t see us or hear us or pray for us. Are you guilty of believing any of these Catholic myths? I wanted to comment on the worshipping Mary and the saints. Where do you stand on belief in regards to Christ being present in the Eucharist. My final point would be this…and nobody seems to have addressed it…at least I didn’t notice it in the first 20-30+comments that I got through. Prayer is a form of worship and then that follows that our prayers need to be for God alone. Catholics do their best to value and uphold both the written and oral teachings that were passed down from the apostles. Ralph Smith, a Reformed writer, states the same thing: “It is what salvation is all about because salvation is restoration – not merely restoration to the original state in Eden but to the attainment of the goal of Eden.”. Thanks for sharing 🙂. The Rosary is a meditative prayer in which Mary helps us to know her son Jesus, true God and true man. We keep your information safe in accordance with our privacy policy. Does that make every politician or every American a criminal–just because some are? Comments Off on Common Myths About Catholics and the Bible. – sin. It must have been a huge scandal back in the day! I can assure you that their devotion to the Virgin Mary is not in error. And there are just too many major issues that they’ve been right on that I can’t just ignore it. No priest forgives sins by his own power, but through the power of God. There’s Knight’s of Columbus events, Church picnics, sending kids on trips to -world youth day, there are places to go around the globe for trips on Church history, visitations, see where Saint’s have lived. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Beliefnet’s Partners, From time to time you will also receive Special Offers from our partners. Oh my gosh I know, so crazy and incomprehensible. Ready for more? You can read through the rest of the posts in this Catholic vs Protestant series here OR see what I ended up deciding in my latest Catholic update post here. I'm a Catholic and incredibly proud to be. She is the fastest route! Too often are minds shut down when trigger words or names are mentioned (e.g. I did NOT know that! “… I’m still not so sure that a perfect person agreeing to raise a perfect baby is quite an impressive as sinners raising kids in today’s culture, though 🙂 ”. They still go to God/Jesus). It’s not a competition, but a journey towards the truth. It’s very important that believers distinguish fact from fiction, particularly when it comes to understanding other’s beliefs. This is the source and summit of our faith. The Catholic church shuffled pedo priests from parish to parish for decades, aware of the atrocities being committed by supposed men of God. I think the problem is that people don’t realize how deep the faith truly is, so from the surface many questions are raised. I’m laughing at “so he provided the most professional pressure possible” — very true! To say otherwise, means I’m lessening His work and sacrifice on the cross. They are easy prey for any fervent non-Catholic, even Mormons had a field day with those ‘devout’ Catholics in the last years. From what I’ve seen-the distinction gets quite blurred sometimes. When I listen to someone repeating the rosary thing over and over it reminds me of the vain repetitions passage and the commandment to go directly to the Father. Moreover, the Catholic Church recognizes that feminists have raised legitimate concerns. Doesn’t it make you wonder why such difference in news coverage? Only the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church forbids married men from the priesthood. Thus, in the OT we find God (re)naming Abram (to Abraham – Father of nations), Sar’ai (to Sarah – Mother of many), Jacob (to Israel – “strives with God”), etc… In the NT the first person God renames is a young virgin called Mary. I would recommend studying Timothy 2 in its entirety. There are some really great posts in the rest of this series, and they explain these issues in the way a simple paragraph or two cannot adequately cover. I’m not looking for a specific denomination, just trying to sort through all the issues to figure out where the actual truth lies. Just that they were not following them correctly. And the Church does not discourage people from their jobs outside of it. Even Paul talks about the saints in the Bible. I don’t want to make this post long, because I could, and I haven’t really explored your site enough, but if you could make a similar post about the protestant church it would be awesome. For centuries, most people could not read, how did they learn to follow Christ? Just sayin! And even if I could I would then be stuck on 2. What I do know is that much of what people believe about Catholics and the Catholic church simply isn’t true.Â. There is also a common misconception that Catholics made up all their rules, when in fact all traditions in the Catholic Church have biblical roots. Catholics (and many Protestants) believe that Jesus’s death on the cross was outside of time, so it could retroactively be applied to people who came before that time. Please I don’t remember that chapter and verse in the Bible where I would have read that. The Catholic Church will never say with certainty that someone will not go to Heaven, bc they never want to presume anything. That makes sense as far as questions about people who’ve never heard of Jesus or the RCC. Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. I’m just asking for her help. MMmmmmmm. Please refer to this attached article and its statistics: Note – this is only data for the US. I’ve been Catholic Christian my entire life (29 yrs) and I consider myself to be at least in “decent” understanding of our catechism and traditions. Imagine if anyone of them would have said No. As time went on things became more clear. :-)). So I imagine it like asking her to go whisper in Jesus’ ear. Yes, I’ve heard the “toolbox” analogy a few times now! I have a huge issue with indulgences! It is the most comprehensive ans exhaustive on the topic. Not that crazy. He then could go back and convert to Catholicism again. All Rites hold to the same dogmas (unchangeable doctrines), and all are held to the same Moral standards (many dissenters in the pews here). She said ‘my’ Savior. Especially the rosary with 10 Hail Marys to 1 Our Father. She is puzzled at the name Gabriel addresses her by and “wonders what this manner of greeting might mean.” It takes her years of “pondering” to finally understand what “full of grace” means as her very identity. I have sounded conclusive and that is done on purpose. The Church has a long history of trying to encourage its people to partake in the sacraments, even though there was a tendency to blow off Mass because people felt unworthy and too sinful. The first Adam, through his sin, forfeits the possibility of becoming everything that the Last Adam does become. I have always been captivated by Christ’s High Priestly prayer in John Chap 17. That is why I seldom recommend it for those that are deep into biblical and historical reasoning. We hold them in our hearts with great honor and respect. If this enmity existed, it was a God provided thing, not Mary’s worthiness or not (totally irrelevant). I struggle with that concept in Christianity as a whole…not just Catholicism. This is because we are all human and I have to admit that I do not have the deepest understanding of many different religions, but I would like to clear up a few of the myths about the Catholic religion. I wonder if thee is any way you could find other women just like you. I’m excited to hear that there is so much going on at your church. Top 10 Modern Myths About the Catholic Church 10 - The Catholic Church is anti-woman and misogynistic. THATS JUST FOR STARTERS……. In our comfort we have lost some of our youth. (After all, Satan believes… demons believe… and they certainly aren’t going to Heaven, are they?). She contacted a priest in a town about 20 miles away and attended her very first Mass the next Sunday; this happened before Vatican II. Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles "All of this book is full of clarity and charity, but two chapters are There is one live, one death and then judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We ask her to pray FOR us, we don’t pray TO her as if she were God. can we stick to the topic though please? And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” The literal translation is “Hail, one who is most full of God’s grace in all of time.” This means that no one (with an exception of Jesus, who WAS God and not yet born) had ever, at any brief moment of their lives, been more full of God’s grace. But then I’ve never met the president either 🙂 I believe they have to be married first, and then become a priest later. Stop down playing and admit the horrendous act that was made and publically apologize for the church’s hand in covering that up. “So if Jesus told the apostles they could forgive sins… then it must not be exclusive to God alone.”. and wonderful walk. Children’s classes at the Catholic Because people will always misunderstand and mess things up – Catholic or not. Period. I know you stated that most of your research has been done, but I also notice lots of questions. Mary was perfect….how could God come through a vessel that was not perfect. Their Divine Mysteries (Mass) are beautiful and lifts the spirit to Heaven. I don’t believe the church teaches that people who reject *Catholic* teaching are going to Hell. I could not honestly answer question 1 in the positive. We need to seek his way not mans traditions. He is interested in being saved and goes to church with us now. I have witnessed this happen first hand for many years, since I have been actively involved in various ministries. I’m not sure. The same is true of Latin Rite Catholic permanent deacons: they are married men who are ordained to the diaconate. Zwingly: “I firmly believe that Mary, according to the words of the gospel as a pure Virgin brought forth for us the Son of God and in childbirth and after childbirth forever remained a pure, intact Virgin.” Zwingli used Exodus 4:22 to defend the doctrine of Mary’s perpetual virginity. Agreed. Yes, Mary was sinless and remained a virgin. But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (I Peter 1: 18, 19). First, I’d like to point out the obvious exception to that rule: babies (the passage is clearly talking about personal rather than original sin). It would hurt you deeply. That is the truth. I love teaching them how to pray and what we believe. But if you look at their rate of women in non-priest leadership positions, it is WAY higher than average. It’s really not a matter of being “unworthy” though. *For more information, read my post on priests, the Pope and confession. A very good way to introduce a Protestant to the history of the Catholic tradition is to say, ‘the first 1,500 years of Christianity were under the leadership and guidance of the Catholic church. Saying things more than once doesn’t make it bad. The difference is, we have the Church, who has ultimate authority, to interpret it for official teachings. Others often hate them because of the contrast to their own lives. She wouldn’t be the first person to ascend into Heaven without dying, though. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of it either. She had finally got it! After you understand the Mass and the flow of everything, move to the front row and provide those little ones a clear line of sight to the sanctuary. Thank you, Michelle. I will look forward to reading your future articles! Agreed. The Church could change it at anytime to be more like its eastern counterpart, but chooses the higher calling to imitate Jesus and St Paul’s calling into a celibate life serving the people of God. A woman can serve the Church in a multitude of ways, except as a priest. The best example to demolish that mindset is that the human being that Catholics hold in the highest degree is the Virgin Mary; a woman. ?” When you could go straight to God himself. We would pray to Jesus. and the youngest is Catholic with me, sounds crazy doesn’t it? However, the Body of Christ consists of those in Heaven and on Earth. considering the situation seeing her in turmoil was too much. Advertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns. Some of them are discussed below. Explain the various “Feast Days” and how about making Novenas??? Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (2) Properly understood Catholicism is not salvation by works. What many don’t know is that Martin Luther actually made an attempt to remove the books of James, Hebrews, Jude and Revelation from the canon (notably, her perceived them to go against certain Protestant doctrines such as sola gratia and sola fide), but this was not generally accepted by his followers and ultimately, unsuccessful. Otherwise they are in mortal sin. It is about moving our will closer to God’s, not His closer to ours 🙂 And it is always good to pray for one another. I will pray for you in my intentions. ), Whether or not it is necessary–well, I’m still not convinced on that personally. That’s what we need to go after. Of course, the goal is to unify people under a common belief, but this is very difficult (nearly impossible) when human error, emotions, and culture are involved. For the way in which we support one another, challenge one another and lift each other up. She still had free will. The Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, exists across time and space to include all Saints in Heaven (the Church Triumphant), all Holy Souls in Purgatory (the Church Suffering), and the rest of us on Earth who are still working out our salvation in fear and trembling while fighting the battle for our souls (the Church Militant). And yes, Catholics do pray to God directly too. I personally am not convinced that Mary was sinless, although if she were, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. But ‘which’ Jesus? I’m glad you found this series are are so excited about it. There is a long tradition in the Bible of “bargaining” with God–most of the Judges did it at one point or another. Catholic children’s formation. 2Timothy 3:16-17 Every scripture is divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work. It’s the same as in many Protestant Churches, Faith in Jesus is what gets you into Heaven. Adam & Eve ect ect. As the post says in #1, Catholics DON’T believe that only Catholics can go to Heaven or that the other denominations aren’t Christian. I am currently in a similar situation. But you can’t really blame every American citizen that has ever lived since then for what some people did during that time. Oh, and purgatory, that is another whole area I’d love some clarity on from a Catholic view on! They spend years studying to be pastors in order to lead congregations; it is a calling they feel deep in their hearts and souls. I know that the Church sees priests acting in place of (or as the ambassador for) Christ, but I can’t imagine they really think we will all turn into God someday! Catholics believe in God, and also believe that God sent His only son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. This post was not to answer every question. 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