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After years of studying of the faith, engaging in dialogue and debates, writing articles and contemplating the Catholic faith I still have trouble putting some things into the right words. However, every Catholic should at least have a basic understanding of all the tenets of the faith. The Church is continuously trying to improve the current catechetical programs to help people develop a better understanding of the faith through Sunday school and private Catholic schools.

Parents, however, have the primary responsibility of ensuring they teach their children about the faith and give them the opportunities they need to grow their understanding by involving them in the Church. Children learn best from the example of their parents.

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So often people will grow up never really learning anything about the faith until someone asks them why they call themselves Catholic. I was that person.

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I also wanted to know the truth so I started investigating and that started my journey toward the faith. Throughout the years I have often given incorrect answers that were based on my improper understanding, guessing, or opinion. The Catholic Church should be evaluated based on official documents and by speaking to those who have a solid and in-depth understanding of Church teaching that is based on reliable research and not opinion.

The Catholic Church seems to be in the spotlight a lot. It seems like every so often the Catholic Church is in the news over some scandal, tabloid, controversy or misunderstanding. Probably the most common thing I hear about is the cases where Priests have molested children.

The question is — since there are some bad Catholics does that mean that the Catholic Church itself is bad?

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I pulled up a news site today September 12, and found two articles concerning recent incidents. Does this mean that the field of child psychiatry is corrupt or that the Louisiana law enforcement is a corrupt system? Not necessarily. It depends. The point is that sin is a human problem. Whether an institution is corrupt depends on what the institution teaches. The Catholic Church has never taught or condoned the behavior that others condemn it for.

In fact, the Catholic Church condemns those sins whether they are committed by its own members or those outside the Church. However, even though the Church condemns the sin or the behavior it does not condemn people. The Catholic Church invites sinners into the Church because it is like a hospital for sick people and sin is a disease that infects all human people.

We can learn a lot from each other. I never hesitate to have a good dialogue about the differences between Catholics and Protestants but I always make it a point to acknowledge and give recognition to a person who is working hard toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Contrary to what you have always heard the Catholic Church has never taught or condoned the worship of Mary or the Saints. I have been a part of, or visited, various Catholic groups, ministries, organizations, churches, and conferences over the years.

If anyone can produce one please send it to Marcus ThirstingforTruth. I have, however, heard many Protestants accuse me of this practice without much evidence. This would be true if prayer and worship was the same thing. Prayer is spiritual communication and while you can worship God through prayer you are not always worshiping when you are praying. You are communicating your feelings to God, but you are not worshiping God. Praying to a Saint, or the Saints, is a practice where we ask them to pray for us and offer our prayers to God.

To Catholics, the Saints are not dead but alive. They are more alive than we are now. Therefore, they are a help to us. Prayer allows us to communicate with those members of the body of Christ who enjoy the beatific vision. Catholic and Orthodox Christians have always held that the Eucharist is not just a symbol, but is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Below is a selection from that chapter:. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is not the language of metaphor. If you want to see Jesus talking symbolically about food, check out Matthew and John , and then compare it to John 6. Was Jesus asking his disciples to assault him? Of course not , but if he were speaking metaphorically, then this is what he would be saying.

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Also, refer to 1 Corinthians to see how one could receive the Eucharist unworthily. As St. Justin Martyr detailed in his First Apology :. All of this, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg. Much more could be said on each of these four topics. And there are many other Catholic beliefs, such as Petrine primacy, the Assumption of Mary, and purgatory, which can all be defended by referring to Sacred Scripture. Nothing that the Catholic Church holds to be true can be contradicted by Scripture.

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Remember, it was the Catholic Church that compiled the Bible! Nicholas is a twenty-something cradle Catholic who wears many hats, husband, father, tradesman, religious education catechist, liberal arts college graduate, et al. His favorite saints include his patron St. Nicholas, St.

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