8.3.12

Common myths about the Catholic Church by people who know better

Here are some common myths about the Catholic Church:

Because Catholics reject the tradition of "sola fide" ("faith alone"), they think they can work their way into Heaven and believe they are saved by works

Catholics think the pope does not sin

Catholics re-crucify Christ at their Masses (or at least think they do)

Catholics think Mary is part of the Godhead and is to be worshipped

Catholics worship statues

Catholics think they can't pray to God directly but have to go through saints

Catholics conjure the dead

Catholics believe people can be saved after they die

The Catholic Church teaches that one who isn't formally a Catholic is damned to Hell

The Crusades are an example of Catholic aggression

The Inquisition(s) killed hundreds of thousands of people and targeted Jews

Pope Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope" and didn't do a thing to help Jews during WWII

The Catholic Church wasn't around until the time of Constantine, a pagan who controlled the Church.

The Catholic Church did more than baptize pagan calendar days for the good of Christ, it is pagan in its very roots.


If you believe any of the above myths, I implore you to research. For doctrinal questions, ask the Church what it teaches; it's the only fair thing to do. For historical questions, look at balanced and objective scholarly research from a variety of sources (including Catholic ones).

And as you research, keep in mind the common logical fallacies that are often used in attacks against Catholicism:

Generalization:
"I knew a Catholic/ex-Catholic (or I was a Catholic) who was (mean, a drunk, not holy, didn't like the Church, was superstitious, didn't know the Bible, didn't have a deep relationship with Jesus, etc.), so therefore, the teachings of the Catholic Church are wrong." (Ignores the fact that bad catechesis, misunderstandings, or other shortcomings of a few Catholics do not reflect on what the Catholic Church teaches)

Bifurcation:
"If the Catholic Church doesn't teach that it's faith alone that saves, then it must teach that men are saved by their own works." (Ignores that we teach that we are saved by Grace alone -- a Grace with which we must cooperate through "faith that works in love")

Cum hoc ergo propter hoc:
"Winter Solstice is on 21 December; Christmas is 25 December. Therefore, Christmas is a pagan holiday. (Ignores that fact that there are only 365 days to choose from in a year and that the early Church Fathers had good reasons to choose the date they did. It also ignores that Protestants' "Reformation Day" is celebrated on 31 October, the pagan festival of Samhain.)

Post hoc ergo propter hoc:
"Constantine must have been the real source of the Catholic Church's teachings because after his reign the Church grew tremendously, and before his reign it wasn't as well-known" (Ignores the simple fact that Constantine merely stopped the persecution of Christians with the Edict of Milan and allowed Christianity to spread. It also ignores the writings of the Church Fathers who lived before Constantine -- and who were Catholic.)

Straw man:
"You guys worship statues, and that's evil. Therefore, your religion is Satanic." (Ignores that fact that we don't worship statues) More...

Fisheaters.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Richard,

Hmm; salvation by proxy is one of the more spectacular errors the protestant et al world assumes we believe; I'll give my irksomely liberal faculty of theology this; they admit and acknowledge with no hesitation that Pope Pious XII went to extraordinary lengths to provide refuge to the Jews of Rome/Italy. Though moves have been made by sects throughout the ages to elevate Mary to a position of equal footing with the Godhead, those who know better within Catholic Christianity have always gone to great lengts to repudiate such errant assertions.

Seventh Day Adventists go much further with their supposedly profetically inspired myths that are clear paranoya and untruth - e.g. the Catholic Church will persecute God's elect in the last days - using some fairly twisted scriptural interpretation of Daniel and Revelation - tin foil hats anybody?? One thing my time in Anglicanism gave me was an appreciation of the community of saints, and the place of iconography etc to both present a Biblical truth/the life of a saint of God, plus a focal point of contemplation of the above. the process of creating an icon is not called 'writing' for nothing... same goes for stained-glass, mosaic, carved or engraved depiction. They are NOT items for worship but items that convey meaning, symbol and message. the world of black and white words is not the only language through which information can be articulated; this can also be said for sacred architecture and music; ever wondered about the amount of steps up to the aulter, the 'triplet' windows that may illuminate your worship space...and Christ is not re-crucified whenever we participate in the Eucharist - the most incredible embodiment of our personal saving relationship with Christ - actually taking Him into ourselves faithful to the words of Scripture in John 6: 53-54. throughout the Gospels and Epistles, the New Testament writers share the importance of confessing our sins to one another and sharing each other's burdens, being accountable to one another, plus the parallel between those things loosed and bound upon Heaven and Earth...this collection of truths dovetails beautifully into the Sacrament of Confession...and, we d not pray TO saints, but THROUGH them...the Martyrs beneath the altar in the Heavenly Court, anybody??? the Bible says so, people!! I thank God my Saviour rescued me from my imprisonment and fearful torment within Adventism, leading me gently through Evangelical Anglicanism into the light of His bride, the Catholic Christian Church - the fulness and apex of the faith into which He has lovingly borne me, binding up my broken heart and restoring new life to my soul...words are so utterly inadequate to describe the riches of God's mercy towards me!!

This is my first lent, my first fasting and abstenance for His sake, as a gift of thanks for the incredible sacrifice my Lord and Saviour made for me...one more thing, detractors of the Church always mention 'roman Catholic Church'...this itself is wrong, utterly wrong, for there are over fifteen rites of the Catholic church of which the Roman is but one - I am a Marounite Catholic; down the street from my parish church is another rite, the Melchite Rite of the Catholic Church...recently, for our English speaking brothers and sisters, Pope Benedict XVI has created the Anglican ordinariate, that will, in time blossom into the English Rite (God willing)...via this understanding, the Catholic Church is truly universal.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.
PS: I still need to learn what Holy Mother Church says of my departed devout Anglican mother; where does she reside?