The One True Church (Part IV)

The One True Church (Part IV)

In our last installment, we began looking at the four marks of the Church; that is, that she is one. Today we will continue with the second mark, stating that the Church is holy. Before we do, however, we need to define the origin of the Church a little more deeply.

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The One True Church (Part III)

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Queen Elizabeth of England, whom the British called Good Queen Bess because she regularly oppressed Catholics, was out in the English countryside with her hunting party when she came upon a venerable old farmer working his field. She soon discovered that the old man was a fervent Catholic, faithful to the old religion. The Queen tactfully tried to win the old man over to the religion of her father, King Henry VIII.

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The One True Church (Part II)

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One of the most mighty rulers of the world was the first Napoleon. All of Europe was at his feet. The year 1804 was set for his coronation as emperor, and he invited Pope Pius VII to do the crowning. He tried to persuade the pontiff to move the papal throne to Paris. With high-sounding language and energetic gestures, the conqueror set before the Holy Father the advantages of such a change.

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The One True Church (Part I)

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In my last post, I began our examination of how Christ founded the Catholic Church. This week, we are going to take it a step farther…perhaps several steps farther.

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Not One Among Many, But the Only One

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When talking about religion, I find it sad when I hear people say things like “The only thing that matters is that we all believe in the same God” or “One Christian religion is just as good as another” or “Let’s just agree to disagree”. Why are these comments saddening? Well, they all demonstrate a scandal of Christianity. That scandal is, there are so many Christian religions to choose from that people have become indifferent to the whole idea of thinking about which church is the right one.

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Why do you Catholics arrogantly claim your pope and Church are infallible?

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Truth is humility, not arrogance, and the infallibility of the Church is truth. But before addressing this question, let's first define what infallibility is not.

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How can we know that the Catholic Church is the one founded by Christ?

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We can know that the Catholic church is the one founded by Christ because it is the only one with all the characteristics (marks) that Jesus gave to His Church; that is, He made it one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

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Why is the Church called the Mystical Body of Christ?

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St. Paul refers to the Church as the body of Christ repeatedly (cf. I Corinthians 12:12), but in order to understand why he does so, as well as its significance, we need to focus on Paul's conversion (Acts 9:1-6).

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When did the Church become known as Catholic?

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Although the name Catholic is not applied to the Church in the Bible, Christ and the apostles had the concept of catholic in mind, as catholic comes from a Greek word meaning universal. The Catholic Church is certainly universal; that is, for all people.

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Is there any biblical evidence that Jesus made St. Peter the first pope?

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Yes, the biblical evidence is overwhelming! Following the logical presentation of Karl Keating in his classical work Catholicism and Fundamentalism (Ignatius Press, 1988), we find the evidence to be irrefutable.

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