• I was baptized a Catholic when I was 5 and went to a Catholic school when I was 10. I've since learned that they are sexual predators and violate their own Commandments. I have since denounced them to practice my own faith.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Sorry about your misfortune and thanks for your comment
  • I know a lot about it. What do you want to know?
    • DancesWithWolves
      Just wondering what you thought
    • dalcocono
      Ah then, I was baptized nearly 75 years ago, and I'm still a Catholic. Catholic does mean universal, which means the Church is for all people for all times until He comes again. There are many accusations and charges laid against the Church. Some deserved. most not. The Catholic and Orthodox are the only Christian communions that are older than the bible, the NT anyhow. Our first fore fathers walked and talked with Christ in person.
  • Catholicism means universalism, hence it appears the catholic church is an accumulation of all religions, the pope has so many different hats, kisses all religious books, and there are so many pagan statues. There are also similarities with the Egyptian pharaohs, the pope and pharaoh both had political and religious roles. The mitre is similar in style to the tall crown of upper Egypt; the pharaoh too carried a crozier. To some protestants the cult of Isis has been associated with the veneration of the virgin. They keep dead popes for display purposes, I've seen this and it's pretty macabre. Pope St Leo the great has an altar which has the four virtues on it, with Truth cradling the SUN in her arms with her foot on the world, and the skeleton of death or time under the cover they stand on, reaching out holding a sand timer, which is interesting because Constantine never left his religion he always worshipped Mithras's Sol Invicta's the unconquerable sun. In the Vatican they have giant Egyptian statues which I found the most awe-inspiring. They hide the paedophiles in the church and don't make them face the law of justice, for this to be so rife it makes you wonder if this is all intentional. They've created a lot of bloodshed throughout their history. They did stop Nigerians from killing their twins, teaching them that they were not demonic. Pope Boniface VIII issued the bull Unam Sanctam('One Holy'),the most famous papal document of the Middle Ages, affirming the authority of the pope as the heir of Peter and Vicar of Christ over all human authorities, spiritual and temporal. Pope Benedict XVI signed a theological report, years in the making, that effectively demoted limbo, a place neither in heaven nor in hell, where unbaptized babies would not be in communion with God but would nonetheless enjoy eternal happiness. According to the French historian Jacques Le Goff, the conception of purgatory as a physical place dates to the 12th century, the heyday of medieval otherworld-journey narratives and of pilgrims’ tales about St. Patrick’s Purgatory, a cavelike entrance to purgatory on a remote island in northern Ireland. In 1563, Catholics formally outlawed the sale of indulgences. But Purgatory continued to flourish. Even the reformers’ churches had trouble shaking the concept. The Society of Jesus is a religious order of the Catholic Church founded by Ignatius of Loyola and six others and given approval by Pope Paul III in 1540. The Jesuits were responsible for the counter reformation, ideas were based on Ignatius spiritual exercises the aim of which is to help one "conquer oneself and to regulate one's life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment." He started off in a military career before having a spiritual conversion, he encountered a number of devout women who had been called before the Inquisition. These women were considered alumbrados (Illuminati) – a group linked in their zeal and spirituality to Franciscan reforms. Vatican city (Holy See) is ruled by the pope and has its own flag. When I visited Rome and went to St Peters, there was a lot of begging outside, women breastfeeding ther babies in the hot sun, and their pimps giving them water from time to time, there are also homeless sleeping near the square at night. Lots of things for sale, including postcards and printed autographs from the pope, rosary beads, small ornaments, and statues, certainly a money maker, but not reflected in the poor that congregate there. Undeniably the churches are beautiful, but what about the people? That said, I know a number of Catholics it doesn't make them bad people but I do question the morals and ethics of the church, after all Jesus didn't have a home, the church was about people, not a building, for there is only one temple, Gods Holy Spirit dwells in you.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Thank you for sharing this long information and it was well appreciated ..God Bless You !!!
    • Creamcrackered
      I read a lot DWW :)
  • More than most. I attended Catholic high school, so I learned "church history" (got straight A's) and I learned most of the "common" Catholic practices. I also have read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church - and I read it carefully enough to understand what I was reading. I've also read a Catholic Bible - a study Bible - cover-to-cover. Most Catholics can't make the same claims. However: there are probably changes in the last couple of decades (since I read the Catechism) of which I am not aware.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Thanks for sharing your comment
  • The Catholic church is based on Paganism. It caused Christianity to be banned and Christians to be terribly persecuted by the Roman Empire. In the conversion of Constantine, it provided religious toleration with the Edict of Milan in AD 313, effectively lifting the ban on Christianity.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Thanks Jenny for your info and comments

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