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  1. Jan 21, 2019 · The Latin (or Roman, but we’ll continue to refer to it as “Latin” from now on) Catholic Church is the largest of these twenty-four Churches, and is the only Western Church. The other twenty-three Catholic Churches are all referred to as Eastern Churches and have their own traditions and forms of liturgy, yet retain the same basic ...

  2. The Creed which we recite on Sundays and holy days speaks of one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. As everybody knows, however, the Church referred to in this Creed is more commonly called just the Catholic Church. It is not, by the way, properly called the Roman Catholic Church, but simply the Catholic Church.

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  4. In the sacred liturgy the Church celebrates the mysteries of Christ by means of signs, symbols, gestures, movements, material elements and words. In this reflection we are focusing on words used in divine worship in the Roman or Latin Rite. The core elements of the sacred liturgy, the seven sacraments, come from our Lord Jesus Christ himself.

  5. The Church condemned forced conversions as early as the third century, and has formally condemned them on repeated occasions, as in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 160, 1738, 1782, 2106–7). But pagan Rome and apostate Jerusalem do fit the description of a city drunk with the blood of saints and the martyrs of Jesus.

  6. Oct 23, 2021 · Why the Pope is trying to limit it. T he priest celebrating a Sunday Mass at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church spoke not in a familiar, modern language, but in ancient Latin, as once had happened ...

    • Why The Timing of Nicea Matters
    • in The First and Early Second Centuries There Were Multiple Bishops in Rome
    • Pre-Nicene Writers Speak of The Authority of Churches, Not The Church
    • A Personal and Scriptural Note on The Church

    I am going to be quoting exclusively from pre-Nicene writers (those who wrote before the Council of Niceain A.D. 325). Here's the reasons that they are the only quotes that matter. 1. The timing of Nicea matters because a long time had elapsed. First, there are 300 years between Jesus' coming to earth and the Council of Nicea. That's a longtime. Once 300 years have elapsed, it's too late to quote church leaders—no matter how important or wonderful they are—as authorities that the whole church should be subject to the Roman Catholic pope. If that had been taught by the apostles, or even soon after the apostles, then why isn't it mentioned for 300 years. And it's not! 2. The Council of Nicea matters because the church was very different afterwards. The church changed after the Council of Nicea. Whereas before Nicea the emperor of Rome had persecuted the church, after Nicea he was heavily involved in the affairs of the church, appointing and removing bishops. Before Nicea, a bishop in...

    Clement of Rome, Peter, and Paul all used bishop and presbyter, the word from which the Roman Catholics get priest, interchangeably, and they speak of multiple bishops in each church.

    I first noticed this when I was quoting something from Tertullian's Prescription Against Heretics. In chapter 21 the editors of The Ante-Nicene Fathersseries give this heading: All Doctrine True Which Comes Through the Church from the Apostles The problem is, Tertullian mentions "churches" five times in that chapter, but he never uses "church" in the singular. For example, he writes: When the apostle Paul speaks of the authority of the church in 1 Tim. 3:15, saying the church is the pillar and support of the truth, he is speaking of the local church, not some hierarchy in a distant city. There was no such hierarchy in Paul's day, and there wouldn't be one until the emperor got involved in the government of the churches almost three centuries later. As you can see from the above, the pre-Nicene Christians agreed with this, ascribing apostolic authority to all churches the apostles started. In fact, even churches not started by apostles have such authority if they hold to apostolic tr...

    I add this because if you are deceived into believing that the Roman Catholic Church is the one true church, then you are almost guaranteed to miss out on a Scriptural experience of the church, which is far more important than most modern Christians, Roman Catholic or Protestant, realize. Here are the things that are true of a true church, which can only be a local church: 1. The church is saved from deception by the leading of God through its members (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Jn. 2:27). 2. The church grows together, and only as each part is doing its share (1 Cor. 12:12-26; Eph. 4:15-16). 3. The unity and good works of the church together is the light and testimony of the world (Matt. 5:13-16, where all the "yous" are plural; Jn. 17:20-23; 1 Thess. 1:6-10). 4. The church shares all things, taking care of one another, though voluntarily rather than under complusion (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32; 2 Cor. 8:13-15; Heb. 10:33-34; and that this continued long past apostolic times is testified to u...

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