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I was watching the History Channel the other day when a program on the Protestant Reformation was being aired and not long after it had started, it became apparent that whatever research the producers had done, it surely did not prevent a number of mistakes or misinterpretations on Catholic Christianity. Among the things that were  said, something caught my attention and made me wonder how many non-Catholic viewers could potentially have been mislead by some of the statements made during the show. 

According to the presenter, one of the main reasons for Martin Luther’s break up with Catholicism was his contrary views on Purgatory, since he believed in salvation by faith alone and imputed justification, as opposed to infused justification, as held by the Catholic Church.

Now, I am not  questioning Luther’s real motifs or beliefs; but rather the brief explanation provided on the Catholic dogma of Purgatory. The presenter explained that Martin Luther opposed the teaching of purgatory because he did not believe that the prayers of any living believer could ‘save’ those already deceased.  Such statement could not possibly be legitimate, because this is not what the Catholic Church teaches neither on Purgatory or Salvation! (more…)

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I accidentally came across a website the other day with some very disturbing opinions, to say the least, on the Catholic teachings, or what they believed to be the Church’s teachings,  about the Blessed Mary and the Pope. The author, who claims to be a prophet and to be able to cast out demons and to make spiritual trips to places, writes: 

As I was researching and reading last night, I stumbled on some more false teachings of the catholic doctrines. They call it Mariology. They are claiming she is free of sin, mother Mary. It is a very disturbing dogma, and is not true.
Only one is free from sin, and he was nailed to the cross. Mary was chosen is what she was. Everyone is chosen for different things by God. I respect and love the mother of Christ, but she is not free of sin. I mean she is not like JESUS as they are claiming. 

  

Obviously, the statement above is based on some very inaccurate information and does not reflect what the Catholic Church teaches on the Virgin Mary.  Unfortunately, this sort of misconceived ideas spread like a pest these days, in a world made of Twitters and Bloggers, we might feel a bit hopeless and even discouraged to say something in defense of our own faith… I am afraid I am too stuburn to turn a blind eye and pretend it didn’t offend me. 

Since I could not find a place to leave a comment on the website so I thought I should write a  little note to clarify the issue.  

The Official Catholic Catechism teaches that Mary was preserved from all ’original sin’ and that she was wholly united with her Son . “The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged and honoured as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer…. She is ‘clearly the mother of the members of Christ’ . . . since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion: 

Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.”503 

By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she is a “pre-eminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” (typus)508 of the Church. 

968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Saviour’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace.”509   

969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation …. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”510 

Nowhere in the official documents of the Church you will find anything that states that Mary is equal to Jesus. The same applies to the Pope, who is for the Church the Vicar of Jesus on earth, but not equal to Jesus. 

  

   

 

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Firstly, I would like to state that most of the thoughts and references posted in this entry,  are either based on or refer to the writings of a former Protestant Minister and author, Paul Whitcomb, who after several years of Bible Study and spiritual ‘search’ converted to Catholicism.

Mr. Whitcomb is a profound studious of the Holy Scriptures and his insights on Catholicism can be very valuable to those looking to understand the Psyche of a Catholic, but most of all they provide an incredible understanding of the Catholic Faith. I believe also that his work can provide very plausible answers to many, if not all, of the most common misunderstandings and prejudice against the Catholic Church.

Yes, we Catholics have to deal with a lot of questioning and criticism. I do not intent to ‘convert’ anyone, rather my goal with this section of the blog is to explain my Faith as best as I can. I realize that some of the issues I intend to write about in this space are controversial and sensitive.  However, I hope that anyone reading these posts will not be tempted to ‘draw hasty conclusions, but read on’ before they can sincerely make an opinion, which hopefully will be based on facts and not in preconceived ideas.

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