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Roman Catholic church only true church, says Vatican

There are 673294 comments on the CBC News story from Jul 10, 2007, titled Roman Catholic church only true church, says Vatican. In it, CBC News reports that:

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

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USA Born

Claremont, CA

#553618 Aug 8, 2014
hojo wrote:
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Just more of the "same old Protestant Polluted Pot of Propaganda" of which YOU GUEST" are the "trumpet section"of bible only heresy---or in other words--(the loudest) of the "off key" confused and chaotic instruments.........I listen to ---and was indoctrinated into this bible only half-truth, half-heresy (so-called) Christianity for 35 years until God the Father, through His Son Jesus with the inspiration and guidance to the TRUTH by the Holy Spirit ----led me out of this bible only bondage of disortion, lies and deceit into the TRUTH of the historical and biblical TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ --in and through His One True Apostolic Catholic Church....You, my friend, are as "desperate as ever"with your "fictitious church history rhetoric" and your "MAN MADE" 18 century bible only self-interpreting contradictions----- being the self-appointed preacher that you are -- relying on distortion Gods Word--duping those around you......
The catholics killed Christians and Jews in the first century. Why doesn't historical fact ever fit into your "truth"?

“GOD SO LOVED US”

Since: Aug 08

He Gave His SON,JESUS Christ

#553619 Aug 8, 2014
June VanDerMark wrote:
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Lurkers???
I don't consider any reader or poster a lurker. They have every right to be here as do we. And they have every right to push the icons ... negative or positive. I, however prefer to use words.
Most of us do ..it's a forum ....I think the judgits are funny ....
You'd be surprised how,many folk at least on threads not here, say they think it ruins topix....and somehow,say they can change them. Lol.....silly

as I said I was just commenting, my own idea of a judgit.....acknowledging the ability to read my name??? A,post...whatever ...

“GOD SO LOVED US”

Since: Aug 08

He Gave His SON,JESUS Christ

#553620 Aug 8, 2014
StarC wrote:
Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq
by Elise Harris
Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the increasingly dramatic situation of Christians in Iraq following the expansion of ISIS forces to the plain of Nineveh, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy.
“In light of the grave situation in Iraq, the Holy Father has nominated Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples, as his personal envoy to express his spiritual closeness to the people who suffer and to bring them the solidarity of the Church,” an Aug. 8 statement from the Vatican read.
No further information has been released regarding Cardinal Filoni’s appointment or the date of his departure.
The city of Qaraqoush fell to forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – known as ISIS – Wednesday night. The town was one of Iraq’s largest Christian towns until the Kurdish military forces known as the Peshmerga withdrew from it.
Qaraqoush is located roughly 19 miles southeast of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which Islamic State forces captured in June.
Thousands of Christians and other minorities fled Mosul following a July 18 ultimatum demanding they convert, pay the jizya tax or be killed. They scattered to other towns in the Nineveh province and in Iraqi Kurdistan.
BBC reports that Islamic State militants have taken down crosses and burned religious manuscripts in Qaraqoush, which is referred to as the Christian capital of Iraq.
Qaraqoush Christians and their churches had been receiving refugees from other parts of Iraq. The occupation by Islamic State forces has meant the end of salaries for government employees and the end of government-supplied ration cards, causing further hardship for the residents.
In an Aug. 7 statement published by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, it’s president, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, thanked Pope Francis for his “attentive closeness” to the more than 100,000 Christians who fled Qaraqosh during ISIS’ attack and are now traveling, many on foot, to Erbil and other Kurdish cities.
Noting how they are traveling “in impossible conditions in search of refuge” and face “the increasingly uncertain possibility of survival,” the cardinal sympathized with their “immense pain” and called for “more intense prayer.”
He encouraged greater prayer “to the Lord for the population affected by a barbarianism that is totally contrary to human dignity as well as his full human and Christian solidarity with them.”
Cardinal Sandri also expressed his hope “that the civil world, public authorities and international organizations” not hesitate to provide “the necessary humanitarian interventions” and to “stop, especially in Iraq and Syria, the painful and profoundly unjust exodus of Christians from the land they have inhabited for two thousand years.”
“These are acts against God and against every sense of humanity,” the cardinal stated, and on behalf of the congregation, urged “the authorities and those who are sensitive to the plight of Christians in the East” to do “with great urgency” whatever is “essential to alleviate their suffering.”
“Deprived of water, food and every other type of necessity, especially children, the elderly and the sick, are in the most unbearable tribulation.”
“It is feared,” he said,“that there will be a catastrophic epilogue if we do not put an end to the marked general insecurity fueled by the indifference of many, which has been repeatedly denounced.”
God in His mercy help them ...
hojo

Chanhassen, MN

#553621 Aug 8, 2014
USA Born wrote:
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The catholics killed Christians and Jews in the first century. Why doesn't historical fact ever fit into your "truth"?
Your other bible only "self interpreting" Protestant propagandists all claim that there was no Catholic Church until ethe 4th century---therefore---(HOW) is it that Catholics were killing Christians and Jews when (according to your other contradicting and inconsistent bible only ".half-truth half heresy" Christians???????the Catholic Church didn't exist........All of you 42,000+ contradicting "bible only self appointed " preachers need to get "get on the same page"--- which for you "fundies" has been IMPOSSIBLE for over 450 years since the Reformation!!!!

“Happy 2016!!”

Since: Apr 08

Saint Teresa Pray 4 Us.

#553622 Aug 8, 2014
RoSesz wrote:
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We did not have bibles,in either of the three Catholic schools I went to , in two different stars, to Study from.....and yes I remember .....

Families may have had bibles handed down recording births marriages, etc and maybe read from..but it was,NOT a,part of RELIGIon studies as a book..stories, gospels , of course taken from scripture, BUT NOT THE BOOK itself ...
Catechism was our text and object from which diocesan exams were taken..I got always A..not bragging but I liked to learn and study and read as a,kid ...anyway ....they even gave us medals .
I was also in sodality, and have no regrets,on it '''

but reading here I can see how non Catholics can view processions each year , wearing white and blue, young girls,with medals , sashes , even capes..CROwning A statue of Mary ( we had a grotto beAutiful place with ONLY her statue in it , used for this purpose )..how,do you think this,looks to non Catholics ,especially back then ...we did kneel before our statues in chapel too

.I cannot say we did not pray to Mary and Saints,....as well as to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ...a different statue in its,own spot on the School grounds,...
Mary alone was crowned on May .

Only CHRIST knows who we worship ....but Star , ask your mom to who and how,she prayed..back then anyway ....if she went to Catholic school .

Don't be so quick to attribute poor memory to those of us who grew up before Vatican two and later, as you all do ....nor to NOT understand WHY non Catholics think you all pray in the wrong way ....

Ever see some of those parades , especially in Southern Countries,where the folks kiss the statues FEET of Mary or the village saint ??

I'm different than some here ..I can see from both sides ....

To recap ..we DID NOT have Actual study of the BIBLE itself in Catholic school ....back then as you do today ...
Rose, if you had a Missal, all the Bible verses are in there, so you did have a Bible.:)

My Mom did go to Catholic school, as I did. And she did have a Bible in the room. She also prays the Rosary, as I do.

Maybe the school you went to did not have the funds to buy Bibles for every student, but I'm sure they had a library with a Bibles.

Rose, to this day we have a May Crowing at our Church, as most Catholic Churches do. We honor our Blessed Mother, the one that gave us Jesus.
Our Churches are named after Saints b/c it was the Saints that were left on earth to spread the Word!(Lk 10:16)

Protestants do not know the state of mind of us Catholics, so they come to their own conclusion.
We know that a piece of plaster can't do a thing for us b/c it did not die for us. It's just a reminder of the person, pretty much like pictures of our dear family that have left us. I kiss my Dads picture,(May he RIP) so what!? Those people that kiss the statues are doing the same thing, remembering the person that left us.
We don't give our Blessed Mother or Saints any more respect and honor then we do Jesus. How much more honor and worship can we give Jesus daily,(Acts 2:46-47)at daily Mass,(not only on Sundays) as the Apostles, and first Christians called Catholics did.
This is why our Missal has 'daily readings' all from the Holy Bible.
Also, did you know if you attended Mass daily you would hear the Word of God in three years. We are in a 3 year cycle, all from the Holy Bible.
What do you think the first Christians did without Bibles? They listened to the WORD! What would you protestant have done without one at that time?!? Gone to Mass to hear The Word, that's what!

“Happy 2016!!”

Since: Apr 08

Saint Teresa Pray 4 Us.

#553623 Aug 8, 2014
RoSesz wrote:
<quoted text>
We did not have bibles,in either of the three Catholic schools I went to , in two different stars, to Study from.....and yes I remember .....

Families may have had bibles handed down recording births marriages, etc and maybe read from..but it was,NOT a,part of RELIGIon studies as a book..stories, gospels , of course taken from scripture, BUT NOT THE BOOK itself ...
Catechism was our text and object from which diocesan exams were taken..I got always A..not bragging but I liked to learn and study and read as a,kid ...anyway ....they even gave us medals .
I was also in sodality, and have no regrets,on it '''

but reading here I can see how non Catholics can view processions each year , wearing white and blue, young girls,with medals , sashes , even capes..CROwning A statue of Mary ( we had a grotto beAutiful place with ONLY her statue in it , used for this purpose )..how,do you think this,looks to non Catholics ,especially back then ...we did kneel before our statues in chapel too

.I cannot say we did not pray to Mary and Saints,....as well as to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ...a different statue in its,own spot on the School grounds,...
Mary alone was crowned on May .

Only CHRIST knows who we worship ....but Star , ask your mom to who and how,she prayed..back then anyway ....if she went to Catholic school .

Don't be so quick to attribute poor memory to those of us who grew up before Vatican two and later, as you all do ....nor to NOT understand WHY non Catholics think you all pray in the wrong way ....

Ever see some of those parades , especially in Southern Countries,where the folks kiss the statues FEET of Mary or the village saint ??

I'm different than some here ..I can see from both sides ....

To recap ..we DID NOT have Actual study of the BIBLE itself in Catholic school ....back then as you do today ...
Rose, if you had a Missal, all the Bible verses are in there, so you did have a Bible.:)

My Mom did go to Catholic school, as I did. And she did have a Bible in the room. She also prays the Rosary, as I do.

Maybe the school you went to did not have the funds to buy Bibles for every student, but I'm sure they had a library with a Bibles.

Rose, to this day we have a May Crowing at our Church, as most Catholic Churches do. We honor our Blessed Mother, the one that gave us Jesus.
Our Churches are named after Saints b/c it was the Saints that were left on earth to spread the Word!(Lk 10:16)

Protestants do not know the state of mind of us Catholics, so they come to their own conclusion.
We know that a piece of plaster can't do a thing for us b/c it did not die for us. It's just a reminder of the person, pretty much like pictures of our dear family that have left us. I kiss my Dads picture,(May he RIP) so what!? Those people that kiss the statues are doing the same thing, remembering the person that left us.
We don't give our Blessed Mother or Saints any more respect and honor then we do Jesus. How much more honor and worship can we give Jesus daily,(Acts 2:46-47)at daily Mass,(not only on Sundays) as the Apostles, and first Christians called Catholics did.
This is why our Missal has 'daily readings' all from the Holy Bible.
Also, did you know if you attended Mass daily you would hear the Word of God in three years. We are in a 3 year cycle, all from the Holy Bible.
What do you think the first Christians did without Bibles? They listened to the WORD! What would you protestant have done without one at that time?

“Happy 2016!!”

Since: Apr 08

Saint Teresa Pray 4 Us.

#553624 Aug 8, 2014
hojo wrote:
<quoted text>
Your other bible only "self interpreting" Protestant propagandists all claim that there was no Catholic Church until ethe 4th century---therefore---(HOW) is it that Catholics were killing Christians and Jews when (according to your other contradicting and inconsistent bible only ".half-truth half heresy" Christians???????the Catholic Church didn't exist........All of you 42,000+ contradicting "bible only self appointed " preachers need to get "get on the same page"--- which for you "fundies" has been IMPOSSIBLE for over 450 years since the Reformation!!!!
Amen!
Have a blessed weekend!
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guest

United States

#553625 Aug 8, 2014
guest wrote:
well, it might fit you and the Catholics on the board - I, on the other hand, am telling the truth about the Catholic Church, so still, the word does not fit.
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June VanDerMark wrote:
Did it ever occur to you that Catholics were on earth long before Martin Luther used the pope's own bible to turn the religion against the pope, and that you are too stupefied to even WANT to see it as it was?
How on earth could a book admired by Catholics be USED to also be admired by Protestants, while at the same time they killed EACH OTHER as heretics?
Good GRIEF!
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June: "Catholics were on earth long before Martin Luther used the pope's own bible to turn the religion against the pope..."
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You don't even pretend to read what I have said, do you? and you call ME stupefied. Typical behavior of narcissistic sociopaths. They believe the world revolves around them and what they have to say, regardless of the level of truth.
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How many times have I told you that Catholics would have to sit out the next, approximately 1200, years while Protestants waged war without opposition and murdered non-Protestants - to allow them enough time catch up with the Catholics?
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And how many times have I posted that it is NOT the *popes* Bible? But belongs to all of humanity? AND (not to mention) that approximately 2/3 of it was Jewish before the pope appropriated it for himself? and the rest was already written by the Apostles.
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and you call me stupefied.
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Additionally, Martin Luther ACTUALLY USED the Bible, and ONLY by USING the Bible was he able to oppose the pope; hence his 95 Theses.
You see, The Bible is about God and his son Christ Jesus; the Roman Catholic Church is about the pope and his church. Two different things.
Big difference.
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And finally, lest we forget, the Popes throughout history NEVER admired the Bible. If they DID they would have actually read it and taught it, and the world would be a much different place today than it is today; this blatantly obvious concept totally being lost on both you AND the Catholics.
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The popes did not admire the Bible, but they were rather TERRIFIED of the Bible, and here is why:
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http://biblehub.com/niv/hebrews/4.htm
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
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The popes kept the Bible from the people because they KNEW without doubt its words would indict them all and the institution of the Catholic Church they so viciously guarded.
Go figure.

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#553626 Aug 8, 2014
Chess wrote:
<quoted text>
We've already been over this, thief.
Pretending magic words are required is just a 'tard's nonsense.
Chess wrote:
<quoted text>
Nonsense.
It's been proven repeatedly.
Thief.

Show me..

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#553627 Aug 8, 2014
Chess wrote:
<quoted text>
I've already provided proof, thief:
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TV910R5...
You have never and never will show my words saying "I originated the following post" on info I found on the net...they never were and never will be...lying snake...
Chess

Columbus, OH

#553628 Aug 8, 2014
Oxbow wrote:
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Chess wrote:
<quoted text>
Nonsense.
It's been proven repeatedly.
Thief.
Show me..
I just did, thief.
Chess

Columbus, OH

#553629 Aug 8, 2014
Oxbow wrote:
<quoted text>
You have never and never will show my words saying "I originated the following post" on info I found on the net...they never were and never will be...lying snake...
Of course you don't admit to your thefts, thief.
Chess

Columbus, OH

#553630 Aug 8, 2014
guest wrote:
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June: "Catholics were on earth long before Martin Luther used the pope's own bible to turn the religion against the pope..."
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Odd how Christianity could be so easily sidetracked by some guys in dresses for 1500 years, eh?

Since: Sep 09

Prince George, Canada

#553631 Aug 8, 2014
atemcowboy wrote:
<quoted text>WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID IN SOMETHING (GOD)THAT you CLAIM THAT YOU DONT BELIEVE IN?
I am not afraid of something I don't believe in.

If I did believe in a creator, I WOULD be afraid ... not of a devil ... but rather of the creator itself!

What a horrible wretch it would be if it actually lived.
Dust Storm

Minneapolis, MN

#553632 Aug 8, 2014
Oxbow wrote:
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You have never and never will show my words saying "I originated the following post" on info I found on the net...they never were and never will be...lying snake...
It truly is amazing how profoundly stupid, ignorant and childish you are. Every single person on this forum who has a brain knows you have repeatedly been made a complete fool of over and over and over again. Give it a rest. You lost big time a long time ago.

You are a liar, a thief, and completely delusional if you believe that you have said anything of value. You wouldn't have passed English class in my High School. and you would be laughed out of any college worth anything. I can see you arguing in a lawsuit in your book being sued for plagiarism. Calling everyone else a lying snake might get you a psychological evaluation and get you the help you need. Stick to arguing with Protestants or copy a thesis and and an test and submit as yours for entrance in Mensa where you can dazzle everyone with your insurmountable brilliance.lol Have a nice weekend.

Since: Sep 09

Prince George, Canada

#553633 Aug 8, 2014
RoSesz wrote:
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God in His mercy help them ...
It's the religion itself that is causing those Catholics to be killed.

The pope should tell them to stop proselytizing the Muslims, and it would follow that the Muslims would not BE so agitated.

That "go forth and preach the god-spell" was a lot hooey promoted by men with no accountability of the trouble preaching that utter nonsense would cause.
USA Born

Claremont, CA

#553634 Aug 8, 2014
Some of the Atrocoties of the RCC

"Former Catholic Priest Richard Bennett served Rome with his life for 21 years as a Priest". Now Richard Bennett preaches worldwide in an attempt to show Catholics the differences between the scriptures and the RCC.

What Every Catholic Should Know

http://www.whateverycatholicshouldknow.com/he...

“Identifying the Early Church”
A Catholic believes that the message of the early Church and the Catholic Church are the same. However, the salvation message proclaimed by the Apostles Peter, Paul and John as well as the early believers was that of grace through faith. It was not salvation in any church but in the person of in Jesus Christ the Lord.

“The Real Saint Patrick”
The world over celebrates St. Patrick day but you might be surprised to find out who St. Patrick really was. Patrick was a Christian Evangelist, who brought the true Gospel of Christ to the Irish. The heartbeat and the soul of Patrick was the Gospel and Patrick's message of God's grace and his legacy are all Scriptural and are a deep encouragement in our time.

The Gradual Rise of Papal Rome and Roman Catholicism Starting in the 4th Century

The church at Rome in its early beginning was a community of people guided by a few of the local Christian men. The men of this congregation referred to the letters of the apostles, which now compose the Bible as their authority in matters of proper teaching or doctrine. At this time, there was no man within the church having a pompous title or position lording it over the others, in fact, it was forbidden in these letters.

1 Corinthians 4:6 states "And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another."

The Bible warned that from the midst of the church would arise a power that would attempt to destroy the Gospel and the simple brotherhood of believers. This was nowhere more graphically fulfilled than in the rise of the office of the papacy out of the church that had been established in Rome.
USA Born

Claremont, CA

#553635 Aug 8, 2014
Some of the Atrocoties of the RCC

"Former Catholic Priest Richard Bennett served Rome with his life for 21 years as a Priest". Now Richard Bennett preaches worldwide in an attempt to show Catholics the differences between the scriptures and the RCC.

What Every Catholic Should Know
http://www.whateverycatholicshouldknow.com/he...
Persecution by The Roman Church

“The Inquisition”
Most people have some knowledge of the holocaust, the six years of torture, death, and atrocities that the Jews, Poles, Gypsies, and a number of other minority groups suffered under Hitler and the Nazis during the Second World War. While in no way downplaying the terrible events of the holocaust, such a massacre does not compare to the severity of the torture and murder that took place under papal authority during the 605 years of the Roman Catholic Inquisition.
From the beginning of the papacy, until the present time, it is estimated by credible historians that more than fifty million men and women have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy charged against them by Papal Rome. This is documented in John Dowling’s The History of Romanism, Book 8, Ch. 1, pp. 542, 543:“From the birth of Popery in 600, to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than FIFTY MILLION of the human family have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of Popery.” The main credible historians on the Inquisition, besides Dowling himself are Lea, Vancandard, Maycock, Coulton, and Turberville.

Secondly, Scott’s Church History gives a few sets of numbers, with the qualification,“No computation can reach the numbers who have been put to death, in different ways, on account of their maintaining the profession of the Gospel, and opposing the corruption of the Church of Rome. A MILLION of poor Waldenses perished in France; NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND orthodox Christians were slain in less than thirty years after the institution of the order of the Jesuits. The Duke of Alva boasted of having put to death in the Netherlands, THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND by the hand of the common executioner during the space of a few years. The Inquisition destroyed, by various tortures, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND within thirty years. These are a few specimens, and but a few, of those which history has recorded; but the total amount will never be known till the earth shall disclose her blood, and no more cover her slain.”
The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nations controlled by Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the Inquisition's final dissolution in Spain, Portugal and South America in 1808.
USA Born

Claremont, CA

#553636 Aug 8, 2014
Some of the Atrocoties of the RCC

"Former Catholic Priest Richard Bennett served Rome with his life for 21 years as a Priest". Now Richard Bennett preaches worldwide in an attempt to show Catholics the differences between the scriptures and the RCC.

What Every Catholic Should Know
http://www.whateverycatholicshouldknow.com/he...

The Reformation

The Reformation spanned many centuries and was led by a succession of men raised up from within the walls of the Roman Catholic religion. They were Catholic priest who desired to offer the words and message of the Bible in the common language of the people. They were persecuted, men of sound minds, thoroughly trained in all things Catholic, priests and scholars who dared to exposit the Holy Scriptures. Their message was not of a new brand of Protestant Christianity but a revival of what was taught in the beginning. They joined the ranks of those since the time of the apostles who proclaimed the free grace of salvation. Long before catholicism had its start in the late 4th century and throughout its controlling dark ages stood many Christians who never partook in her rituals and sacraments. These early Christians were a pivotal influence on such early reformers as John Wycliff. The Reformation eventually broke down the papal walls of tyrannical control and laid the foundation for the spread of liberty John Wycliffe 1320’s-1384
John Wycliff, the "Morning star of the Reformation", was born almost 200 years before the Reformation had been popularized. However, his beliefs and teachings closely match those of Martin Luther and John Calvin. John was born at Ipreswell (modern Hipswell), Yorkshire, England, between 1320 and 1330, he later died at Lutterworth on December 31, 1384.
The influence of the Christian, non Roman Catholic, people known as the Waldensians or Vaudois had been having a dramatic impact upon John. Wycliff was a highly educated Roman Catholic priest and theologian who took to heart the lives and testimonies of these people who had a faith grounded in the word of God and not in a church. John initiated the first English translation of the Bible. As he grew in his understanding of Holy Scripture, he openly began to criticize the abuses and false teachings in the Roman Church. His followers, known as the Lollards, were itinerant preachers that he sent throughout England, inspiring a spiritual revolution.

“GOD SO LOVED US”

Since: Aug 08

He Gave His SON,JESUS Christ

#553637 Aug 8, 2014
StarC wrote:
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Rose, if you had a Missal, all the Bible verses are in there, so you did have a Bible.:)
My Mom did go to Catholic school, as I did. And she did have a Bible in the room. She also prays the Rosary, as I do.
Maybe the school you went to did not have the funds to buy Bibles for every student, but I'm sure they had a library with a Bibles.
Rose, to this day we have a May Crowing at our Church, as most Catholic Churches do. We honor our Blessed Mother, the one that gave us Jesus.
Our Churches are named after Saints b/c it was the Saints that were left on earth to spread the Word!(Lk 10:16)
Protestants do not know the state of mind of us Catholics, so they come to their own conclusion.
We know that a piece of plaster can't do a thing for us b/c it did not die for us. It's just a reminder of the person, pretty much like pictures of our dear family that have left us. I kiss my Dads picture,(May he RIP) so what!? Those people that kiss the statues are doing the same thing, remembering the person that left us.
We don't give our Blessed Mother or Saints any more respect and honor then we do Jesus. How much more honor and worship can we give Jesus daily,(Acts 2:46-47)at daily Mass,(not only on Sundays) as the Apostles, and first Christians called Catholics did.
This is why our Missal has 'daily readings' all from the Holy Bible.
Also, did you know if you attended Mass daily you would hear the Word of God in three years. We are in a 3 year cycle, all from the Holy Bible.
What do you think the first Christians did without Bibles? They listened to the WORD! What would you protestant have done without one at that time?!? Gone to Mass to hear The Word, that's what!
I said Star , I understand Catholic worship...even though I'm no longer Catholic...

Non Catholics,never will . They go by what they see...kissing a,statue, May it die out as a tradition, maybe then there might be closer understanding ....you cannot fathom the,spiritual components,in non Catholic services...they don't understand you guys..makes for bitterness..
Yet I did see Catholics,raising their hands,in prayer,....

and yes,you NOW,have BIBLE study....it's even CALLED bible study ...learning all the books,...
I did not go to a cheap school ...we had,no bibles,in each class ..to study from...
Probably in the,library I'm sure,but no study of the bible itself

.it was not present in the three schools,in two different states....two different orders,of nuns ..
.yes scripture,was,in my missal........it's,NOT THE SAME book ...

,, I just wish you folks,would admit it's,not ....things,have changed STAR ..in a few decades..WILL we be closer in future generations.???.maybe, we might have if we are someday persecuted ....
.do you think folks,like,ISIS make a,distinction between our denominations????
But it's,so bad,on this,thread one,of your posters somehow blamed non Catholics for the MIDDLE east persecutions,in some,way I honestly didn't follow .....

That's sad ...

Peace to you and yours

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