Roman Catholic church only true church, says Vatican

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The VaticanA issued a document Tuesday restatingA its belief that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church of Jesus Christ. Full Story
Michael

Hamilton, Canada

#406692 Dec 3, 2012
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
Shortage of Priests! Sound the alarm! We Catholics had no idea. Lol
Most ex Catholics are secure about their choice... You evidently are not.
Btw, most of us in the Church agree, we need to become smaller because of too many cradle Catholics attempting to entwine modern culture into the faith. Ie gay marriage and other liberal ideology.. Sorry mike, ain't gonna happen.
CLAY says.......

....Btw, most of us in the Church agree, we need to become smaller because of too many cradle Catholics attempting to entwine modern culture into the faith. Ie gay marriage and other liberal ideology.. Sorry mike, ain't gonna happen.

MICHAEL says.....

....what organization thrives to become smaller?(lol)!

You will become smaller because people who are the church are moving on in their lives, or moving to something else.

If General Motors doesn't sell as many cars as they did in the past is it the consumers fault? No its the fault of the GM. You won't allow yourself to believe that when things aren't going right, the fault lies at the top and rolls down hill from there. It doesn't start at the bottom where the followers are.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406693 Dec 3, 2012
Michael wrote:
CLAY:
The changes are needed to help the archdiocese, which serves about 800,000 Catholics across 12 counties, deal with FEWER Catholic priests, SHRINKING CHURCH ATTENDANCE and the aging of those Catholics that remain, and geographical shifts of churchgoing populations, church officials said.
Fewer priests as I stated.
Shrinking church attendance as I stated.
As we know across america according to the ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE in Florida in 2010, only 1 out of ever 4 catholics today attend sunday service, and that the report also indicated that 10% of american adults today are former catholics.
News worthy stories. I post them.
Who doesn't want to know whats going on?
And a "new age" is upon the world.

Embrace it!

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406694 Dec 3, 2012
Robert F wrote:
<quoted text>
NASL
Oh, don't get so depressed over it...
St. Augustine, "“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”"
There are plenty of rewards.
I know there are, so why do you reject them?
7th Day Catholics Rock

Poplar Bluff, MO

#406695 Dec 3, 2012
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah thank you.
Because that is what all non Catholics on this board quietly believe but will never say.
'translating the bible is easier today because knowledge has increased'
Basically, what you're saying is:
1. Men like Ignatius and Justin, who sat along side Peter and John, were not smart enough to comprehend the teachings. So that's why they misunderstood the Apostles and thought the Eucharist was to be the actual body and blood.
2. Christ was REALLY waiting for the likes of you guys to be born so you can figure out His true teachings by picking apart Revelation etc.
3. This is why its laughable that many of you call the Catholic Church arrogant.
Just reading the first few paragraphs in the following would male question as to if he even new Peter and only maybe if John.

Nore he is born in 50 A.D then states it is thought he was the child in the Saviors lap ? Christ died way befor e50 A.D.

It was also writtem even the mystrey of iniquity was at work them. Also see the letters tot eh seven church's given the the WHAT FOR in Revelations.
7th Day Catholics Rock

Poplar Bluff, MO

#406696 Dec 3, 2012
contuinued

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Also called Theophorus (ho Theophoros); born in Syria, around the year 50;

died at Rome between 98 and 117.

More than one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers have given credence,

though apparently without good reason, to the legend that Ignatius was the

child whom the Savior took up in His arms, as described in Mark 9:35. It

is also believed, and with great probability, that, with his friend

Polycarp, he was among the auditors of the Apostle St. John. If we include

St. Peter, Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch and the immediate

successor of Evodius (Eusebius, Church History II.3.22). Theodoret ("Dial.

Immutab.", I, iv, 33a, Paris, 1642) is the authority for the statement

that St. Peter appointed Ignatius to the See of Antioch. St. John

Chrysostom lays special emphasis on the honor conferred upon the martyr in

receiving his episcopal consecration at the hands of the Apostles

themselves ("Hom. in St. Ig.", IV. 587). Natalis Alexander quotes

Theodoret to the same effect (III, xii, art. xvi, p. 53).


Among the many Catholic doctrines to be found in the letters are the

following:
•the Church was Divinely established as a visible society, the salvation

of souls is its end, and those who separate themselves from it cut

themselves off from God (Philadelphians 3)
•the hierarchy of the Church was instituted by Christ (Introduction to

Philadelphians; Ephesians 6)
•the threefold character of the hierarchy (Magnesians 6)
•the order of the episcopacy superior by Divine authority to that of the

priesthood (Magnesians 6 and 13; Smyrnæans 8; Trallians 3)
•the unity of the Church (Trallians 6; Philadelphians 3; Magnesians 13)
•the holiness of the Church (Smyrnæans, Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians

and Romans)
•the catholicity of the Church (Smyrnæans 8); the infallibility of the

Church (Philadelphians 3; Ephesians 16-17)
•the doctrine of the Eucharist (Smyrnæans 8), which word we find for the

first time applied to the Blessed Sacrament, just as in Smyrnæans 8, we

meet for the first time the phrase "Catholic Church", used to designate

all Christians
•the Incarnation (Ephesians 18); the supernatural virtue of virginity,

already much esteemed and made the subject of a vow (Polycarp 5)
•the religious character of matrimony (Polycarp 5)
•the value of united prayer (Ephesians 13)
•the primacy of the See of Rome (Introduction to Romans 13)

He, moreover, denounces in principle the Protestant doctrine of private

judgment in matters of religion (Philadelphians 3), The heresy against

which he chiefly inveighs is Docetism. Neither do the Judaizing heresies

escape his vigorous condemnation.


http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07644a.htm
Michael

Hamilton, Canada

#406697 Dec 3, 2012
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
If Catholics want to know about Church gossip, they can Google it.
You post it for other reasons not related to 'bringing the news'.
You do it for personal jollies. It eats you up that the Church will be operating a thousand yrs after your gone.
Our 'problems' as you say, are no more than any other institution on the planet.
Maybe you can obsess about the Mormons..
Here is a stat..
100% of your posts are not news worthy.
You discovered how to serf the internet is all. Lol
I would believe that you and other catholics, would be deeply concerned when the bishops of your church report stats that are "not like they use to be".





If I was into the church as you are, I would want to know why.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406698 Dec 3, 2012
hojo wrote:
<quoted text>
"location-re-structuring and budgeting costs"
Laymen terms for "low attendance and financial burdens".

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406699 Dec 3, 2012
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
If there is a shortage of priests as we all know, why is their a shortage of priests? You never explain or discuss.
Recent studies show that if priests were not imported from foreign countries more churches in america would be doing without a resident priest. Thats alarming.
Why would the MOST religious men in the catholic church not want to take the step up as the MOST religious catholic men did in the past? Why are women not entering the sisterhood as they did in the past.
When the most religious people in the church are not interested in advancing as they once did, isn't that a danger sign?
Something is wrong! What is it CLAY? What is your answer?
Soon, you'll be seeing "priests" moving from the Vatican to the locales that need them. You may even see a bishop or cardinal take on the roles.

It's all part of the greater plan from "God".

You do believe "God" is just enough to close these churches in order for "His" religion to continue, right?

:o)

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406700 Dec 3, 2012
typo - I know there are, so why do you reject them?

"I know they are, so why do you reject them?"
Clay

Chicago, IL

#406701 Dec 3, 2012
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
CLAY says.......
....Btw, most of us in the Church agree, we need to become smaller because of too many cradle Catholics attempting to entwine modern culture into the faith. Ie gay marriage and other liberal ideology.. Sorry mike, ain't gonna happen.
MICHAEL says.....
....what organization thrives to become smaller?(lol)!
You will become smaller because people who are the church are moving on in their lives, or moving to something else.
If General Motors doesn't sell as many cars as they did in the past is it the consumers fault? No its the fault of the GM. You won't allow yourself to believe that when things aren't going right, the fault lies at the top and rolls down hill from there. It doesn't start at the bottom where the followers are.
The Catholic Church's mission isn't a popularity contest. Its to bring the gospel to the world.
If folks join and hear the gospel, then attempt to change it or infiltrate Church doctrine, then they need to leave.
Its bound to happen that we become smaller in some parts of the world and larger in others. This has happened in every century since the first.
Free Mind

Pinellas Park, FL

#406702 Dec 3, 2012
FLASH: Pope tells truth about Jesus' birthday and other myths.

Why is this important?

Because as each event is studied, a layer of myth gets stripped away -- like peeling an onion.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#406703 Dec 3, 2012
Free Mind wrote:
FLASH: Pope tells truth about Jesus' birthday and other myths.
Why is this important?
Because as each event is studied, a layer of myth gets stripped away -- like peeling an onion.
The god of the gaps is disappearing.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#406704 Dec 3, 2012
preston wrote:
<quoted text>no one even seems to be certain when he was born, let alone be that child that jesus held, and also there is no Biblcal evidence that jesus ever walked in Syria. so it must be a legend tha is false and for what ever reason why your church would wish to exploit that, remains a mystery, doesnt It.
and also if he wasnt born until 98, he wasnt even known by john just as polycarp(another legend told without being factual) wasnt.
Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35 or 50-between 98 and 117) was among the Apostolic Fathers, was the third Bishop of Antioch
preston

Ignatius of Antioch

Born: c. 35 AD(maybe as late as 50)
Died: c. 110 AD(during the reign of Trajan)-117 AD

The RCC does not believe in the myth that Ignatius was one of the children touched by Jesus....Rather, that he rather late in his life had a conversion....

A rather fair and balanced approach to him is in this article

http://www.nndb.com/people/718/000094436/

I think the main point is the genuineness of the Vossian Epistles, which everyone thinks are true(the 7 Epistles), supported by Polycarp and Eusebius....It is in Section V

In the same article, the last paragraph is particularly important....(although the whole article is interesting....)

Since: Dec 12

Portland, ME

#406705 Dec 3, 2012
When i read stories like this i thank god i am Atheist

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406706 Dec 3, 2012
Free Mind wrote:
FLASH: Pope tells truth about Jesus' birthday and other myths.
Why is this important?
Because as each event is studied, a layer of myth gets stripped away -- like peeling an onion.
The question will be, will they believe him?

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/12/03/pope-debu...
Clay

Chicago, IL

#406707 Dec 3, 2012
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
I would believe that you and other catholics, would be deeply concerned when the bishops of your church report stats that are "not like they use to be".
If I was into the church as you are, I would want to know why.
I told you why. A hundred times...

People don't have time for the Catholic Church.

Things as pretty good the last 50 yrs in America and Europe. Folks have replaced God with other things. OR they simply designed their own god in 41,000 + protestant sects. Christianity buffet. You take a litter here, accept a litter there, and then you can feel comfortable outside the Church.
It will take a plague or famine (sadly) then the Church will boom in Europe and North America. Wanna bet?
People are so attached to this Earth right now, because for the first time in the history of the world, folks like you and I can enjoy things that previously, were only attainable by the elite. Nice cars, jewelry, lake homes and money. Culturally...promiscuity, recreational sex and pride have replaced religion.
Michael, THIS is why people are leaving God and the Catholic Church.
But do not underestimate the Holy Spirit. There will be Priest there will be Catholics. Always. God won't stop calling people because Michael enjoys his life to much and doesn't need God anymore.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#406708 Dec 3, 2012
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
Robert says.......your problem is that you want everyone to think the way you do. It just isn't going to happen.
Michael says.....Isn't that the agenda of the catholic church? Go out and teach the world to believe just like YOU, that you are right and everyone else is wrong?
There are thousands of christian denominations and sects, ALL using the same "inspired words of God" to prove each of their own conflicting doctrines. lol!
Wrong again Robert. I never claimed I live by populism. Remember I, like so many on this forum, are former catholics. I am independant and belong to no group.
During the past few years the catholic church has been in the news, several times for bad news stories. Many of them right in america. I follow them and wonder how so many things could go wrong.
Worldwide sex abuse scandals that we now know have gone on since the inception of the church, and have occured in almost every diocese in america. Court cases going on as I post. Thats not good! Are catholics more concerned in preserving the sanctity of the church over our children? That is exactly what church authorities did, until they got caught. Where have the voices of catholics been on this most disgusting matter? DEAFENING SILENCE! The biggest story in 500 years in your catholic church and you find it more interesting to find fault with protestants.
Vatican Bank money laundering scandals for the second time in just a few years. Do you really know where your money goes, and how it is spent? Do you even know about this issue?
2 investigations of 47,000 nuns in america as the vatican claims they are all radical feminists. I often post about this huge story that is only going to get bigger.
I bring current event news, though to some it might not be positive news but news just the same that catholics should know about. If they don't care, or put their heads in the sand as they usually do when its issues about them, then they don't have to respond to my posts.
Today educated catholics want to know about their church. The good deeds and bad and they are not afraid to ask. Old guards like you are a fading breed who never questions anything the church does right or wrong, and the church loves you for that.
When you watch the 6:00 oclock news tonight and bad news is reported, as it always is, turn your tv off.
Michael

You first write, you think for yourself..."Wrong again Robert. I never claimed I live by populism. Remember I, like so many on this forum, are former catholics.""" "" I am independant and belong to no group."""" ""

Next you write, "During the past few years the catholic church has been in the """"news """", several times for bad news stories. Many of them right in america. """"" I follow them"""" " and wonder how so many things could go wrong"

Then you go on and on, and on and on....about news articles, and your finale is ..."watch the 6:00 oclock news tonight...)"

You ARE brainwashed!

Think about what G.K. Chesterton wrote and apply it to television as well

"Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another."

You follow the popular culture. You are one amongst the many that are brainwashed....And you chose it....

:)
Clay

Chicago, IL

#406709 Dec 3, 2012
New Age Spiritual Leader wrote:
<quoted text>
And a "new age" is upon the world.
Embrace it!
Eh, couple of questions.. What sorta New Age is coming? I assume you believe something will happen on December 21?

And why do you think the Gospel of Thomas and Judas are legit? They don't seem at all like the Christ of Matthew and Mark...
Many scholars agree those gospels (Thomas and Judas) were written by impostors.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#406710 Dec 3, 2012
New Age Spiritual Leader wrote:
<quoted text>
I know there are, so why do you reject them?
NASL

Because your beliefs are contrary to and outside my belief system.

Having read "some" Gnostic teachings, I reject them....That is to say that my knowledge and understanding, toward their end, do not coincide with good.

You are asking me to read all of Nietsche in order to really know and understand what he writes about....I have read a little and know that he and his writings do not coincide with good.

That is my choice.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#406711 Dec 3, 2012
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
Eh, couple of questions.. What sorta New Age is coming? I assume you believe something will happen on December 21?
A "new age" in thinking clearly.
- I'd like to speculate that it will be a downfall of religions, but I am too late, as that is already coming to fruition.
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
And why do you think the Gospel of Thomas and Judas are legit?

Because of of the "God-inspired" men who wrote them.

Why not? Your ilk gets to claim certain men (less than six of the original Apostles" were inspired, because thier books were chosen for the canon.

I give creedance to the other 7 Apostles also, unlike you do.
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
They don't seem at all like the Christ of Matthew and Mark...
Try it this way, read the non-canonical, and then the canon. They are all connected in many ways.

Unfortunately, the words of the canon have been changed or like the Pastorals, concocted to disenvow the non-canon.

Men.....can't find not a single infallible one to justify the canon. Darn!
Clay wrote:
<quoted text>
Many scholars agree those gospels (Thomas and Judas) were written by impostors.
Please list these "many scholars".

BTW - many scholars agree that "Paul" letters were forgeries as well - namely the Pastorals.

But you can't have that, huh?

Looks like you just walked into a conundrum.

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