I, on the other hand, have a life. So I don't have time to get into all of her points (again). This weekend. One of my son's is having a big 16th birthday bash tonight! On the other hand I'm sure Kelly and her little guy are just enjoying their babymoon! So in the spirit of having better things to do with our lives, I hope that those of you looking for rebuttals to Candy Brauer's post today at keepingthehome.com (Keeping The Home) will settle for a few reruns! I'll try to keep them going during the weekend.
There is no need for any religious Church "Masses:
Jesus said to keep the sabbath day holy and that if you love Him you will keep His commandments. Attending mass every week is the "Catholic way" of doing what Jesus said.
Catechism Catholic Church:
2042 The first precept ("You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor") requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the principal liturgical feasts honoring the Mysteries of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints; in the first place, by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered, and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.
Priests of any kind are now obsolete, and NOT needed:
Someone should have told Jesus and the apostles! Because not only did Jesus designate the apostles specifically to keep his ministry going, they also "ordained" others to help them!
Catechism Catholic Church:
1536 Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.
We have one mediator, and one mediator only, and that is Jesus Christ:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; -1 Timothy 2:5
Catechism Catholic Church
The one priesthood of Christ
1544 Everything that the priesthood of the Old Covenant prefigured finds its fulfillment in Christ Jesus, the "one mediator between God and men."15 The Christian tradition considers Melchizedek, "priest of God Most High," as a prefiguration of the priesthood of Christ, the unique "high priest after the order of Melchizedek";16 "holy, blameless, unstained,"17 "by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified,"18 that is, by the unique sacrifice of the cross.
1545 The redemptive sacrifice of Christ is unique, accomplished once for all; yet it is made present in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Church. The same is true of the one priesthood of Christ; it is made present through the ministerial priesthood without diminishing the uniqueness of Christ's priesthood: "Only Christ is the true priest, the others being only his ministers."19
Two participations in the one priesthood of Christ
1546 Christ, high priest and unique mediator, has made of the Church "a kingdom, priests for his God and Father."20 The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet, and king. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are "consecrated to be . . . a holy priesthood."21
1547 The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, "each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ." While being "ordered one to another," they differ essentially.22 In what sense? While the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace --a life of faith, hope, and charity, a life according to the Spirit--, the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders.
There is no canonization process or church you have to go to or through to become a saint of God.
On Canonization - we've been there, done that. But because of invincible ignorance our rebuttals have never been acknowledged or addressed. Nonetheless, it's part of our Vatican Vs. God rebuttal and you can read it here. Kelly also takes on the topic here.
We don't have to eat any Eucharist wafer, and think that we are eating Jesus in the form of a wafer. Where is Jesus Christ
We, SO HIT THIS OUT OF THE BALL PARK here.
Yes, the ancient Babylonians believed in a woman who procalimed herself a virgin, in whose husband (Nimrod, from Genesis) died. The woman claimed to be a virgin, and delivered a baby, which she taught was Nimrod come back from the dead.
Thus, to become a saint involves no works or rituals - AT ALL. This is why Jesus said - It Is Finished
Mary and pagan stuff is here.
And now a personal note to Candy. I know you read here Candy. I know you're ticked that we show up so well in Google for people looking for your blog! But really, can you give us some new material? Thanks a bunch!