explain the catholic faith
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SAINT PETER THE FIRST POPE
If each Christian Church could claim to be
equal which one would you attend?

Remember eternity may depend on which
one you choose?

Maybe the closest to your house, the
friendliest or the one your best friend
attends.
Luke 1:28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is
with thee: blessed art thou among women. [Douay Rheims - DR]
Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. [King James Version -KJV]

So, which is it... `highly favored' - `full of grace' - both/neither?

If you believe that God exists and that He is a loving Creator who cares about His
Creation, then you would have to believe that He would communicate with His Creatures.
Further He would want us to be happy in this life and in the life to come.

A loving and caring God would make sure that His Creatures would know His Will in all
things and not be mislead. He could do this by sending prophets, which, of course, He did
under the Old Covenant.
Under the New and Everlasting Covenant He established a Church through His Son on the
Apostle Peter. There was one head so there couldn't be any mistake as to what we need
to know from God.
Thank God for the Catholic Church because without it to guide us how could anyone know
the truth from falsehood?

There are 3 proofs that the Catholic Church was established by God:
1) SCRIPTURE:
The Promise:
Mat 16:18 "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and   the
powers of death shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on
earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in
heaven." [Revised Standard Version - RSV]
Which leads us back to the prophetic word in Isaiah 22:20 In that day I will call my servant
Eliakim the son of   Hilki'ah,
Is 22:21 and I Will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and Will
commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
Is 22:22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall
open, and none shaft shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

Under the Old Covenant Abraham was also referred to as Rock:
Is 51:1 "Hearken to me. you who pursue deliverance, you who seek the LORD: look to
the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were digged.
Is 51:2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was
but one I called him, and I blessed him and made him many.
The establishment:
We can see from Scripture that only Peter was given rule over the Church by Christ.
(John 21)
15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest
thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He
saith to him: Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord,
thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed (4165) my lambs. 17 He said to him
the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had
said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all
Things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. (Douay Rheims =
DR)

Peter was made First head of the Church after the his three-fold assurance of love:
"Feed my lambs!...Feed my lambs!...Feed my sheep!" (John 21:15-17). Here, as in Mt.
16:18 et seq., the words are directed solely and immediately to Peter. The "lambs" and the
"sheep' designate Christ's whole flock, that is, the whole Church (cf. Jn 10). "Feed" in
ancient and biblical language means, in its application to human beings, rule or govern
(cf.. Acts 20:28).
(Acts 20)
26 Wherefore I take you to witness this day, that I am dear from the blood of all
men;
27 For I have not spared to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath
placed you bishops, to rule (4165) ("feed" King James Version) the church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not
sparing the flock. (DR)  

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2) HISTORY:
Historically for the first one thousand years there was one visible church! Not until 1054
AD. did we have a major split. There was one authority for all those years, admittedly there
were many heresies, but the existence of heresies would only show that there must have
been "one" truth!

catholic
Encyclopedia Britannica Article (Considered legal definitions in a court of Law) (from
Greek katholikos, "universal"), the characteristic that, according to ecclesiastical writers
since the 2nd century, distinguished the Christian Church at large from local communities
or from heretical and schismatic sects. A notable exposition of the term as it had
developed during the first three centuries of Christianity was given by St. Cyril of
Jerusalem in his Catechesis (348): the church is called catholic on the ground of its
worldwide extension, its doctrinal completeness, its adaptation to the needs of men of
every kind, and its moral and spiritual
perfection.

3) COMMON SENSE: Against "the Bible Alone".
Before the invention of the "printing press" in 1450 the Bible alone was an impossibility! Up
until this time not even every church had a full copy of the bible. Each parish would have
parts of the bible and they would trade them off to each other every so often so they could
cover more of the bible. Only the places charged with copying the bible from one
generation to the next would have had whole copies and perhaps as in every time, the
very rich.
(Jesus didn't write a bible and give it to the world! He started His Church, "I tell you,
you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,")
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