Then we have no way of knowing if what the Pope or Priest is telling us the truth.
We have to take your church fathers word for it.
I am telling you; they are telling a different story then what the Bible says.
If I tell you a story from a book I read. and I don't stick to what is written in that book I am changing the story.
That is what the Catholic's have done with the gospel of Jesus.
I am sorry HoJo, I am not trying to be mean or nasty.
The Bible is the written word of God, for you to make so little of it is shameful.
I am in no why trying to claim you don't love the Lord, if you are catholic that is your business, but please don't fault us for following the Bible as it is written.
I do not believe in any church denomination, catholic or Protestant, I don't think any off them has it 100% right.
I believe in God, the one the Bible is written about.
I have seen for myself church's divide because some person doesn't agree with the teachings, and they have gone off and start a different one so that persons beliefs can be taught.
How many did you say they are who really knows what does it matter.
The truth of God is in the Bible, God's love letter to us.
As Jesus said it is written:
John 3:16 for God so loved the world; He gave His only begotten son to die.
If your priest or pastor is relying a message to you it must line up with what the Bible says if it doesn't its not true
Some people respond and understand the Bible more easily, than to another human being.
We bring our own understanding to the Bible, and that can be a detriment as well. So for me, it takes much time in prayer before I can read the Bible, so that I don't project my own understanding on the Scriptures, and walk away thinking "I knew it all the time."
I have also difficulties with priests as well, not that I don't trust them, but that other Catholics have made them a remote human being, and they often speak in generalities, because they must pasture a flock. But when one on one, most priests of whom I have encountered love a clarification and deep interaction of faith between themselves and an individual.(Remember we are all called to be priests.)
So it takes both, oneself with God, in scripture, and with others to grow in Christ.