Question & Answer

THE CHURCH
The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20


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Evangelical Christians often speak about being "born again." Jesus teaches that we are born again by baptism. He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God!"
v   Baptism - Born of water


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If purgatory existed, and the mass helped people to get out, the rich would have a tremendous advantage by being able to pay for masses to shorten their suffering.
v   Is there a purgatory?


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I believe that only the Church, through the Pope, has the authority to declare saints after considering the works and life of each individual whose name has been brought forward for canonization. The Church does not consider just anyone, no matter how "saintly" a life s/he appears to have led, without proper study and without at least one miracle (attributed to that individual) that could be authenticated beyond current scientific and medical explanation.
v   Saints


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The idea that Peter is the gatekeeper to heaven and nobody gets in unless he says so, is purely fiction and has no foundation in the Bible.
v   Did Peter have the keys to heaven?


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What is the meaning of baptism?
v   Baptism - Its meaning


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When John Wesley was asked this question, he quoted Matthew. "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
v   What is a NT Church?


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Peter was neither the "first," second, nor the third pope.  There were no popes in the Bible, at all.  The word is not mentioned even once. 
v   Does Matthew 16 teach that Peter was the first Pope?


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What is the difference between Catholicism and Biblical Christianity?
v   The difference between Catholicism and Christianity


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Since it was Jesus who established the sacrament of Penance, why is it that Protestants do not confess their sins to a priest?

v   Auricular Confession


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Easter is pagan in origin and the word itself is derived from "Ostara" in Anglo-Saxon language "Eástre." Ostara was a goddess.
v   Celebration of Easter  


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There is no evidence at all to even suggest He was born on that day. Shepherds watching their flocks by night would not be doing so at that time of the year.
v   Is Christmas day Christ's birthday?


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As a Catholic I was always taught that God's Word is in Scripture and apostolic Tradition. Tradition is God's Word that has been handed down orally. The apostle Paul says: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" (2 Thessalonians 2:15, KJV).
v   Sacred Tradition


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Jesus is the only person that has the keys of hell and death. He alone is the one that can unlock hell
v   The Keys of hell and death


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I used to be a Roman Catholic, but started reading the Bible and it was the 10 Commandments that grabbed my attention the most...
v   The missing commandment


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Christ ordained Peter, and his successors, the Popes, to be the head of the church on earth. This is scriptural: "And I say also unto thee, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
v   Upon this rock


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What does the Bible teach about forgiveness, especially in the light of Jesus’ commission to his apostles to bind and loose?
v   The power of binding and loosing


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Jesus installed Peter as the chief steward or prime minister under the King of kings by giving him the keys to the kingdom. As can be seen from Isaiah 22:22, kings appointed a chief steward to serve under them in a position of great authority to rule over the inhabitants of the kingdom. Jesus quotes almost verbatim from this passage in Isaiah, and so it is clear what he has in mind. Christ appointed Peter to lead them and guide the flock (John 21:15-17).
v   Was Peter a Pope?


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When I practised the Catholic religion, I used to pray to the saints, as did my family and Catholic friends. Who answered the prayers I got answered and who is still answering my friends’ prayers as they still have their favourite saint who never fails them?
v   Praying to saints


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A Catholic friend told me that it is all right to bow down before statues. She said that bowing is an expression of honour and that God told people like Judah that others would bow down to him (Genesis 49:7). She also said that the Bible talks of men praising men and even of God praising men (Romans 2:29). She concludes that it is reasonable to bow down before statues of Mary and the saints.
v   Bowing down before Statues


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Protestants are not being totally honest when they say they don't have traditions that are not biblically based, like they accuse the Roman Catholic Church of having...
v   In praise of tradition


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Please comment on the following argument which I read in a Catholic website. It can be summarized like this: Jesus spoke Aramaic. So, what Jesus said to Simon in Matthew 16:18 was this: ‘You are Kepha, and on this kepha I will build my Church.’ The Aramaic word kepha is translated petra or petros in Greek. The two words are synonyms in first century Greek...

v   Rocks and stones


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In the Bible we read that entire households were baptized at once. It is likely that there were infants in these households. Is this, therefore, good evidence for infant baptism?
v   Baptism - infants


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When the Son of God died for us it simply means that His Deity and Humanity left His body for three days.
v   Is it right to say God died?


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According to the teaching of the Catholic church, there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.
v   Is there salvation outside the church?


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Only Peter, not the other apostles, was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven. This means that Peter had supreme authority in the church.
v   The Power of the Keys


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Jesus Christ, St. Peter, St. Luke, and St. Paul all agree that we are saved and born again in the waters of baptism with the Holy Spirit! (John 3:5; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3, 4; Colossians 2:12).
v   Baptismal regeneration refuted


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Traditions are mentioned in the Bible, but not too favorably.
v   What about Church tradition - it and the Bible?


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Your statement that priests claim to have the power to "judge sinners" is false. The priest does not judge the sinner. The first thing that must occur before a sin can be forgiven is true contrition. The church does not teach that sins are not forgiven unless they are forgiven by a priest. The priest is there to help the sinner truly know his sins are forgiven.
v   The Priest - a judge


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The Catholic Church teaches the truth because the doctrines of Christ and the apostles have been preserved through an unbroken line of Catholic bishops. All over the world, all Catholic bishops can have their lineage of predecessors traced back to the time of the apostles, something that is impossible in Protestant denominations. What are your comments?

v   Apostolic succession


In your Q&A section you answered a question about Sacred Tradition. The person who asked the question cited 2 Thessalonians 2:15 to establish the reason for believing in Sacred Tradition. You provided an answer that I found helpful, however...
v   Tradition and the Magician's hat


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You said that there are no priests in the church distinct from the laity. It is not true because the apostle Paul wrote to Titus: 'This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective and appoint Presbyters (Greek for Priests) in every town as I have directed you' (Titus 1:5). Then Paul gives the qualifications a man needs to be a priest.
v   The Catholic Priesthood


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The truth about the nature of Eucharistic bread and wine must be established from the study of the Word of God, the Bible.
v   The Eucharist


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These were special sign gifts for the Apostolic age. 
v   Is the gift of tongues for to-day?


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As the Pharisees were to be heeded because they spoke from Moses’ chair - so also the Pope must be heeded when he speaks from the chair of Peter (ex cathedra).
v   Ex Cathedra