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The Church

“You Catholics think your Church is right and every other Christian Church and denomination is wrong. How can you be so arrogant?”

Before succumbing to this line of thought (or even wondering a little bit if there might be truth in it) it’s important to keep in mind that everyone thinks their position is right. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be their position. If they thought their position was wrong, they’d take another one. Baptists think they’re right, or at least more right than the Lutherans, who also they’re right. So do Presbyterians. And so do Catholics. So do atheists.

In other words, this is no argument against Catholicism.

But more to the point, it’s not that Catholics believe every other church is wrong in everything it believes and teaches. What Catholics believe is that in the Catholic Church, the fullness of what Christ and the apostles wanted us to know has been preserved intact, and passed down through the ages. Other Christian churches possess much of that truth and the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the Holy Spirit uses those churches as “means of salvation.” With this in mind, Catholics are instructed to treat non-Catholic Christians “with respect and affection as brothers,” to love them and pray for the Church to be one day reunited as one.

A few Good Articles

A few Good Talks

Why Be Catholic?

by Patrick Madrid

For those who aren’t Catholic, it may not be apparent why one should embrace the Catholic Faith. Here In Patrick Madrid gives ten reasons why he loves being Catholic. Digging into Scripture and history he shares valuable insights into the beauty of the Catholic Church and its claim to contain the fullness of the deposit of faith given by Christ.

The Four Marks of the Church

by Scott Hahn

In the Creed we recite each Sunday we confess our faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In this series, Scott Hahn examines these four defining characteristics of the Catholic Church and how they are rooted in Scripture and in the ancient Christian Faith. A beautiful look into the true nature of the Church!

Did Christ Give Us Priests? The Priesthood Debate

with Jimmy Akin & Dr. Anthony Pezzotta

In is a informative debate between two passionate experts with diametrically opposing views, former Evangelical Protestant Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers says, “Yes!” Former Catholic priest Anthont Pezzotta of Conservative Baptists International says, “No!” Listen and learn.

A few Good Books

Mystery of the Church

by Fr. Paul Haffner

Here is a beautifully systematic, clear and in-depth treatment of the Catholic teaching on the Church. The author covers the origin and nature of the Church, the Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, Peter and the Papacy, the necessity of the Church and tons more. Great book!

The Protestant’s Dilemma

Devon Rose

This is really interesting and enlightening read. Devon Rose is a convert to Catholicism. In this book he compares and contrasts Catholicism and Protestantism by showing the implications of rejecting the Catholic view of the Church. It’s really good.

The Church of God

by Fr. Louis Bouyer

Simply one of the best books on the Catholic doctrine of the Church you will ever read. A former Lutheran, Fr Bouyer looks at the Reformation views of the Church and focuses on how the Catholic Church has viewed itself throughout history and especially now after Vatican II.

A few Good Links

There are many, many great resources out there for learning the Catholic Faith.
Lighthouse Catholic Media is a fantastic place to start. You can also explore the solid Catholic apostolates linked below to go as far and deep as you like in your study of the Faith.

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