Christian vs. Catholic

At the outset may I say that I do not intend for this post to denigrate the label Christian in any way but only to specify what I believe is the difference between the two labels. On the one hand we know adherents of both hold to the Divinity of Christ and that Christ died once and for all for all men – but Roman Catholics believe not only that but it is also necessary to be subject to the Roman Pontiff to be saved. This is exemplified in the doctrine proclaimed by the encyclical “Unam Sanctam” in 1302 by Pope Boniface VIII. So, we are all Christians but some are also Catholic-Christians who believe in and hold firmly the doctrines and dogmas proclaimed “ex cathedra” and based on the direct Revelation of Jesus to His Apostles ending with St. John. This is especially problematical, however, when viewing the pestilence, the filth, and the confusion emanating from Rome since the dawning of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

To my brother and sister Christians, therefore, I must apologize. The things that are coming from some sectors of the Catholic Church today are not the workings of the Holy Spirit and do not represent infallible teachings as defined by the 1st Vatican Council. They represent the doctrines of men, not Christ, and are a stumbling block to all who seek the Truth. Statements about “climate change,” the death penalty, immigration, and a host of others too numerous to be named, provide a cloud of confusion over ontological-metaphysical truths which should be the basis of papal teachings these days.

Addendum, Feast of the Assumption, Aug 15, 2018

Another difference is that Catholics, according to some Christians, worship the Virgin Mary and pray to the saints instead of directly to God. This is not true, of course, It is true however that Catholics honor the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and ask her intercession with Her Divine Son for very serious problems affecting us as individuals or in a collective sense. The same is true with respect to the saints. Look, suppose you want a great leader to hear your request, knowing that He is very busy and has many requests from his people every minute of every day. You know someone very close to this Leader and you ask him or her to place your request in such way as to gain the Leader’s attention. That’s it, not that you deserve anything in and of yourself, but that you wish to someone with favor before the Leader to hand-carry your request to the Leader himself.

Now, we know that Our Lord is sinless and nothing Evil can touch Him and the Virgin Mary carried Him in her womb for nine months before His
Miraculous and Immaculate Birth in the stable of Bethlehem. Would it not it be logical to assume that the Virgin Mary was also sinless and Immaculate? But, in fact, the Church has said so:

On December 8, 1854 at St.Peter’s Basilica before one hundred and seventy bishops and innumerable pilgrims literally from the ends of the earth, the divine dogma of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception was proclaimed infallibly: The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:
“We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful….” And so today, we honor the Assumption of the Mother of God into Heaven,not of Her own accord but through the Power of the Omnipotent God. Ask yourself: Would Jesus allow the body of His Immaculate Mother to be corrupted in the tomb? But, once again, we don’t have to assume anything:
This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by exercising papal infallibility.

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One comment on “Christian vs. Catholic

  1. Just to advise everyone that an addendum was made to this post today on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to Heaven. Cheers.

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