Some critics of Catholicism like to point out that Catholics are also divided. "Look here!" they cry, "You Catholics also have liberals and conservatives. You have homosexual priests. You have women pushing for ordination. You have New Age theologians and the majority of Catholics ignore Humane Vitae, don't believe in transubstantiation etc etc." . . .
The teaching authority of the Catholic Church is not validated by the number of people who obey her laws any more than the validity of the Ten Commandments is validated by the number of people who keep them perfectly. In fact, the validity and need for the Ten Commandments is actually proved by the fact that they are disobeyed. When we see the chaos that results from our disobedience we see all the more how important the Ten Commandments are. When a person is killed by a car going 70 in a 30mph zone we realize why the 30 mph. speed limit is necessary. . .The dis-unity of Protestant sects, on the other hand, is total. With the lack of any unified teaching or any universal pastor each individual must become his own pastor. "We will not have a Pope!" they cry. What they really mean is that they will not have a Pope, for when there is not one Pope every man becomes his own Pope. So either have one Pope or millions.When challenged on this matter Protestants are notably without an answer. When asked by what authority they teach, interpret the Bible or announce the truth on some matter they have nothing--absolutely nothing to fall back on except their own opinions based on their religious experience.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Catholicism: Unified or Not?
I'm a little late pointing you to this post, but Fr. Longenecker answers an argument on his blog, that I remember people bringing up before in our comments section. I'm giving you the cliff-notes version, but do stop by and read his full article.
Posted by Kelly at 10:50 AM