PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES, ITS PRESIDENT AND THE FILIPINO CATHOLIC CHURCH!
THE HYPOCRISY OF CATHOLICS IS A VERY STRONG ARGUMENT OF THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (PETER KREEFT)
Dear brethren in Christ, below you have an interesting, must read article, which marks the difference between the Catholic Church as a divine institution founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ and the fallible members who compose it.
Let us not forget that the Catholic Church, as any other group or institution, is composed of men and women and as such, sinners, with weaknesses, errors, faults and flaws. Nevertheless, let us not fall into a sweeping generalization in condemning an institution for the faults of some of her members, for there are many others who strive daily to be good and holy Catholics.
In the end, since the Holy Spirit is the one in-charge of the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, in spite of the errors of some Catholics, the “gates of hell shall not prevail over it (Mt 16:18)” as promised by Our Lord and as history itself had demonstrated that in spite of the numerous errors of some of her members, the Catholic Church still remains to this day, and it will until the end of time.
Nevertheless, the sad and disturbing current situation in the Philippines after some recent pronouncements should move us to PRAY MORE DAILY FOR THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS, FOR THE CHURCH AND HER MINISTERS, FOR OUR NATION, AND, IN PARTICULAR, FOR OUR PRESIDENT, SO THAT HE MAY BE AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE, UNITY AND RECONCILIATION FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION.
SEE AS WELL:
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE CHRIST BUT NOT HIS CHURCH?TO BELIEVE IN GOD BUT NOT IN WHAT GOD REVEALED (RELIGION)?POPE FRANCIS ON THE INSEPARABILITY BETWEEN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH in https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2016/05/26/is-it-possible-to-love-christ-but-not-his-church-pope-francis-on-the-inseparability-between-our-lord-jesus-christ-and-his-church/
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THE HYPOCRISY OF CATHOLICS IS A VERY STRONG ARGUMENT OF
THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (PETER KREEFT).
This is the conclusion of a Calvinist thinker who turned Catholic after a wide search for one mistake that would prove the Catholic Church false. Peter Kreeft knew about G.K. Chesterton’s witty reply when asked about the strongest argument against Christianity: Christians.
A Jew who visited the corrupt Vatican
So when his Calvinist friends found out that he was reading about Catholics, they recommended that he read the books of anti-clericals. The book he read contained a story that led him to the Catholic faith. There was a Jewish businessman who was thinking of becoming Catholic, but had to go to Rome to do business with the Vatican during the time of some of the most corrupt Popes in history, the Borgias. The bishop that the Jew was talking with tried to dissuade him to go, for fear he will change his mind. But the businessman, a practical Jew, said that for him business was first, and the pleasure of converting was second.
Six months later, the Jew returns asking for baptism into the Church, even after seeing the hypocrisy of the Pope and the cardinals. “I am a practical Jewish businessman. One thing I know for sure: no earthly business that stupid and corrupt could possibly survive 14 weeks. Yours has lasted 14 centuries. It is a miracle.”
Kreeft explains: The hypocrisy of Catholics is a very strong argument for the infallibility of the Church. When Popes were assassinating each other, they never added a doctrine that said now you can assassinate the Pope. When they had 13 mistresses they never said that it is okay for Popes to have mistresses. The doctrine remained absolutely pure even though the practice was never very good and sometimes was horrible. That was very impressive.
Cardinal Ratzinger told the same story and he quotes the Jewish businessman as saying: “It is because of all these that I have become a Catholic. For if the Church continues to exist in spite of it all, then truly there must be someone upholding her.”
Napoleon wanted to destroy the Church
Ratzinger continues: “And there is another story, to the effect that Napoleon once declared that he would destroy the Church.Immediately, one of the cardinals replied, ‘Not even we have managed that!’
I believe that we see something important in these paradoxical tales. There have in fact always been plenty of human monstrosities in the Catholic Church. That she still holds together, even if she groans and creaks, that she is still in existence, that she produces great martyrs and great believers, people who put their whole lives at her service, as missionaries, as nurses, as teachers, that really does show that there is someone there upholding her.”
Napoleon died in prison, while the Pope he persecuted and imprisoned, returned to Rome and took care of his family. While Napoleon was in prison, this same Pope requested the British jailers of the exiled emperor to be kind to him.
Misplacing the blame
When people say they don’t believe the Church because of the hypocrisy of pedophile priests and bad Popes, they are “misplacing the blame,” says Catholic Answers. “If a preacher, religious, or layman fails to live up to the standards he is preaching, the blame lies with him and not with the message he preaches. His actions say much about himself but not about the teachings of Christ. … By way of analogy, if it were proven tomorrow that Albert Einstein was a child molester, that would not disprove the theory of relativity.”
Despite the sins of its children, the Church is called holy becauseJesus has decided to forever unite himself to it as his body, giving it powers of sanctifying. Jesus gave his Church the power to forgive sins in Confession (Jn 20:23) and to celebrate his saving sacrifice (Mk 14; 1 Cor 5). It is individual Christians who back away from this sanctifying power and cause scandal that make it difficult for people to see Christ in the Church. But Christ is there, because when he was on earth he loved to be with sinners, and he continues to be with us precisely because we need him.
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