CHRIST IN THE CHURCHES

JESUS CHRIST FOUNDED ONLY ONE CHURCH WHY ARE THERE SO MANY NOW ?
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He was the first Pope in a long list that continued uninterrupted up to the present with Pope Benedict XVI as the 265th. •It was to Peter to whom our Lord gave the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to administer His church on earth.” (Matt 16:1819) PETER WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF THIS CHURCH .. He was given the assurance that “whatever you will bind on earth will be bound in Heaven .. Therefore it is an established fact.•Peter was personally appointed by Jesus Christ. by record & by tradition that the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church..

. The Rules on Ceremonials and Administration – deals with the relationship of man to man and those derived from the instructions of God for man’s observance in maintaining his relationship with God. 2.THE CHURCH PROMULGATED RULES TO ESTABLISH ORDER THERE WERE TWO GENERAL CLASSIFICATIONS OF RULES THAT WERE ESTABLISHED : 1. The Rules on Faith and Morals – deals with the relationship of God and man and those revealed by God for man to follow and observe.

. . WHY SO MANY CHURCHES NOW ? • Christ Himself predicted the division of the Church and the rise of other Churches when He said. so as to lead astray even the elect. which belong to Me that are not in this sheep pen. ..” (John 10:16) .” (Matt 24:24) • There are other sheeps. I must bring them too: they will listen to My voice and they will become one flock with one shepherd. “For false Christs and false Prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders.

PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF THE DIVISION OF THE CHURCH •POWER •MONEY •WOMEN .

25 not mentioned in the Bible) SOME DIFFERENCES IN BELIEFS THAT EXISTS BETWEEN CATHOLICS & NON-CATHOLICS .• The Immaculate Conception • The Virginity of Mary • The validity of the Celebration of the Mass (The Lord’s Supper) • The “adoration” of Statues and Images • The “infallibility” of the Pope • The Bible alone is the basis of faith. No! • That Faith alone saves. ‘Fees” for services.g. Tradition of the Church. ‘faith with good works’. No! • The subject of ‘Divorce’ • The ‘celibacy’ of Priests • The existence of ‘Purgatory’ • Women Priests • Some practices of the Catholic Church: Baptism by ‘infusion’. Christmas (Dec. celebrating ‘feasts’ on the wrong dates e. Baptism of an infant.

.Some terms . • ANTI-CATHOLIC – they attack & destroy • NON-CATHOLIC – they respect & co-exist • SCHISM – refusal to submit to the authority of the Pope • HERESY – the formal denial or doubt by a baptized person of any revealed truth of the Catholic Faith • APOSTASY – the total rejection of his faith by a baptized Christian . . .

and Sacraments .THE FUNDAMENTALIST The Fundamentalist insist that their sessions are Ecumenical and that Catholics can join. But they point glaring Catholic errors on doctrine and practice. especially as regards to our use of images and the veneration of Mary and the Saints. Divine Tradition. • Very literal translation of Biblical passages quoted out of context and given a meaning foreign to the intention of the human and divine authors • An aggressive attack and hostility towards Catholic teachings and practices like our teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary and veneration of images • An exaggerated conception of Biblical inerrancy • A one-sided emphasis on salvation by faith alone. which leads to a practical marginalization of the Church. Here are some characteristics of the Fundamentalists: • Exclusive reliance on the Bible as one and only source of teaching for our salvation.

 Their insistence on the importance of the word of God.  Their emphasis on a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. HOW DO FUNDAMENTALISTS ATTRACT CATHOLICS .  The warm welcome and fellowship they accord to members and prospective members.  The liveliness of their worship services.

and live the Bible. 2. which will reach out to all and make every member feel he really belong to the Catholic Church. To devise pastoral approaches. 3. . To read and study. To provide a catechesis which will enable Catholics to defend their faith.RESPOND TO THEIR CHALLENGE 1. pray over.

Unification still seems elusive . Today they are feeling the need for unity that led to the formation of the World Council of Churches.ECUMENISM This word was first used by the Protestants in 1919 to designate the work for the unification of the various Churches or denominations. Not all Protestant denominations are members of the Council.

Dissensions among Christians are the chief causes of weaknesses in the modern world and the greatest obstacle to propagation among non-Christians. Most important is Charity shown to all. The more intensely all Christians try to live the Gospel the closer they will come together. • Let us be kind to them and not regard them as enemies but as separated brethren. We should know how to present our faith clearly and honestly and be aware of the basic truths that unite all Christians WHAT SHOULD THE CATHOLIC ATTITUDE BE TOWARDS NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS ? . • We should avoid discussions that only serve to increase bitterness. • The obstacles are great and seem to be getting out of hand.•Catholics must be aware of the scandals in our own ranks. But all things are possible with God. • Catholic should give good examples.

The power of CHRISTIAN LOVE . AMEN ! ! HAPPILY. The HOLY TRINITY 4. The authenticity of the NEW TESTAMENT 3.THE LIFE OF GRACE IS NOT A MONOPOLY OF THE CATHOLICS. THERE SHOULD ONLY BE ONE FLOCK.. That JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND SAVIOR 2. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DESIRES THAT ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES WOULD ONE DAY BE UNITED IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. SINCE THERE IS ONLY ONE SHEPHERD. The RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD 5. The SALVATION OF THE SOUL 6... THERE ARE SOME BELIEFS THAT WE AGREE ON : 1...

WHEN ? CAN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BE A DECISIVE FACTOR IN THIS UNIVERSAL MISSION OF THE CHURCHES TO UNITE THE PEOPLE OF GOD UNDER THE “ONE SHEPHERD – ONE FLOCK PRINCIPLE “? .IF WE WOULD NOT. IF NOT NOW. WHO WILL.

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