-I am glad the Pope said this, even more glad he is being attacked for it. Jesus said "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first." John 15:18 Of all the Christian denominations the Catholic Church,(not a denomination as it IS the Church Jesus started) is hated and picked on the most. As for why stay Catholic, there are many reasons but number one to me is the sacred and most Holy Eucharist. If you are Catholic and deny this, the Eucharist, you are denying Christ himself.
WOW! YOU say this as if the Catholic church has ALWAYS been persecuted - rather than the world's worst PERSECUTORS!
There is a reason the Roman Catholic Church is ... as you say ... hated and picked on the most!
That reason IS:
FOR 1500 years she waged WAR against those who were NOT Catholic. Their own leader SANCTIONED TORTURE AND MURDER OF 'HERETICS'! and this is one of the main reasons there are now so many Protestant denominations ... everyone is trying to figure out how to get away from the entrenched Catholic teachings.
Show me another Christian *denomination* that has murdered MORE so called heretics than the Catholic church, and I will say you have a valid point. I don't need to sy your point is valid, because I know in advance you can't point to a more murderous *so called* Christian church.
The Catholic church CALLS itself "Christian" but that doesn't mean that it is.
"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first." John 15:18
Wow. That is like the playground bully FINALLY getting the crap beat out of him and running to the principle, bawling like a baby.
READ ABOUT THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF THE EUCHARIST - and how long it took the Catholic Church to fully embrace the dogma.
Or are you truly afraid to know the truth?
I thinks that's it.
Catholics are truly afraid to know the truth.
I know I was when I was Catholic, and I went through some emotional changes.
I will say again, the man who told me about the Catholic church didn't mince words and didn't let me off easy.
He was blunt.
He was mean.
It opened my eyes.
Nothing else would have worked, I was too brainwashed.
PAGAN ORIGIN of the Eucharist:
The doctrine of transubstantiation does not date back to the Last Supper as is supposed. It was a controverted topic for many centuries before officially becoming an article of faith, which means that it is essential to salvation according to the Roman Catholic Church. The idea of a corporal presence was vaguely held by some, such as Ambrose, but it was not until 831 A.D. that Paschasius Radbertus, a Benedictine monk, published a treatise openly advocating the doctrine of transubstantiation. Even then, for almost another four hundred years, theological war was waged over this teaching by bishops and people alike until at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 A.D., it was officially defined and canonized as a dogma.