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Vatican schedules canonization of Pedro Calungsod

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CEBU CITY—The Vatican announced over the weekend the canonization of 17th century Visayan martyr Pedro Calungsod on October 21, making him the country’s second Catholic saint.

The announcement followed the approval by Pope Benedict XVI of the canonization of Calungsod, according to the Vatican’s official news website.

The Pope made the announcement through Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at St. Peter’s Basilica following a ceremony in which 22 bishops from around the world were elevated to the rank of cardinal.

Those to be canonized on October 21 along with Calungsod are Jacques Berthieu, a French martyr and priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth and of the Congregation of the Humble Sister Servants of the Lord; Maria del Carmen, a Spanish founder of the Conceptionist Missionary Sisters of Teaching; Maria Anna Cope, a German religious of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Syracuse; Kateri Tekakwitha, an American laywoman, and Anna Schaffer, a German laywoman.

Calungsod will be the second Filipino to be canonized in the history of the Catholic Church after Pope John Paul II canonized Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila in 1987. Both Calungsod, who hailed from Cebu, and Ruiz were lay persons.

Ruiz, a parish scribe and former altar boy who was born in Binondo, Manila, was martyred in Japan in 1637.

Calungsod was born in 1655 in what was then the Diocese of Cebu which covered the islands of Panay and Mindanao, as well as the Pacific island of Guam.

A lay catechist, he died at 17 in Guam while trying to defend his fellow mission worker, Jesuit priest and now Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, when natives attacked them on April 2, 1672.

Calungsod was struck by a spear and his skull was split by a machete blow. Their bodies were then tied together and thrown into the sea.

The latest announcement is expected to push preparations for Calungsod’s canonization to full swing in the Archdiocese of Cebu, where the archbishop emeritus, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, was the lead promoter of the campaign for Calungsod’s canonization.

Since his beatification in 2000 by Pope John Paul II, Cebuanos have been offering prayers through Calungsod.

The Vatican earlier recognized the recovery from a deep coma of a Cebu businesswoman as a miracle obtained through Calungsod’s intercession.

On March 5, 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified Calungsod along with 43 other martyrs in ceremonies held at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Vatican officially set April 2 as Calungsod’s feast day.

In his homily during the beatification, John Paul called on the youth to emulate Calungsod.

“From his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to His call. Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro, whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist,” John Paul said.


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  • Anonymous

    Just for info, the Holy Scripture tells of a wonderful and amazing way any person, even the worst of sinners can become a saint without the need for somebody to canonize him or her, how?
     
    Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of your life – the Son of God who suffered on cross, died and rose again on the third day.
     
    You will be a righteous man before the eyes of God the Father – a saint in the true sense of the word because the blood of Christ washes you of your sins and presents you as blameless before the eyes of God. A righteousness not by our own works but by the work of Him who died on the cross.
     
    In other words a righteousness imputed only on those who repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of their lives.
     
    May I encourage people who wants to know about God’s Truth to read and study the Bible – the words of God, and to practice what they learn from it.
     
    Don’t let issues of religion distract you from learning what is the Truth in its pure unadulterated form – that is from the words of God alone.

    • Anonymous

      Magbasa din po kayo ng Catechism of the Catholic Church, 300 pesos lang po sa National Book Store.  Lahat ng tanong ninyo masasagot nito.

      • Anonymous

        No thanks, I will not be wasting my time on man’s teachings but rather hold on to the pure and unadulterated teachings of the words of God – the Bible!

      • Anonymous

        kaya nga wasting time sau, kc pagbasa nio sa bible kung ano-anong interpretasyon ang imunungkahi nio.  Eh di ba kanino ba iniwan ni Jesus Christ ang authority sa Church eh diba kay San Pedro na he is commanded to build a church on the rock. At sino ang sumunod kay San Pedro diba ang Santo Papa.  Aminin nio man oh hindi, it is the only one Holy and  Apostolic Catholic Church.  Pero at the end of the day everyone has the freedom to choose that they believe in.  Kaya marunong din tayong mag-respect sa pananampalataya ng iba.  Kung di maiintindahan magtanong ka huwag mang husga at kung ano-anong paninira kc gawain yan ni taning. 

      • Anonymous

        You have such a myopic knowledge and view of history, you better be reading more.
         
        As for reading the Bible, don’t scare ordinary people who are sincerely seeking the Truth about God from His words, for the Bible is not that difficult to understand as most detractors would like people to believe. They scare people that if they will read the words of God as plainly as is, they will going to end up with a myriad of interpretations, and worst go crazy. Taking note that people who disparages the Bible and set it aside do so because they themselves have never read nor understood the good Book.
         
        With a seeking and humble heart the Bible is very clear and easy to understand, for it is not written for theologians, scholars, pastors or priests but for the ordinary people who believe and truly seek God.
         
        That is why it is written in Deuteronomy 30:11-14:
         
        “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”
         
        Now realize this, that any form of Christianity that is not based on the words of God is nothing but a Christianity of their own making. Thus we have the following stern warning:
         
        “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8-9)

      • Anonymous

        i, dont scare anyone about seeking the truth.  Im only saying is be careful in all your interpretation with what the bible says.  Because more or less the bible portrays of what happened with the past, present and future. So how can you well interpret the bible if you don’t look back of what had happened before the times of our ancestors when the bible was written in account of their lives before.  So when all these things started and its origin?  The bible nowadays have different versions made by man and I cannot exactly say if their versions is also inspired by the Holy Spirit.  I just hope and pray that your own interpretation of the bible be guided by the Holy spirit.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WT5ZX5O7ZBC6Z3LXFA4UIQZC3I emajega

        anung version version sinasabi mo? baka translation from original written language to native tongue languages so we can understand it easily. sige kung hindi na translate subukan mo aralin sa tunay na ginamit na salita ewan ko lang di umusok dila mo. Kung naniniwala ka sa Holy Spirit dapat pumasok sa isip mo na may ibang tao na binigyan ng kakayahang mag translate ng ibang wika para sa iba. gift yan. kung wala ka nyan pareho tayo. pero wag ka magtampo.gift din kasi yung marunong kang makinig sa paliwanag ng iba. Wag ka mag rely na i explain sayo ng Holy Spirit baka di ka karapat dapat eh baka ibang ispiritu ang mag explain sayo then akalain mo na si Holy Spirit yon.                                        

      • Anonymous

        emajega, common sense bakit nangyari iba-ibang sect ng religion ngaun? dahil sa ibang-ibang interpretasyon ng bible. tanuningin mo sarili mo kanino ba inihabilin ang simbahan diba kay St. Peter?  Kung alam mo lang ang mga Katilko may mga version o translation para sa iyo na hindi namin ginagamit.  Alam mo kung bakit? kc binabago na nila ang original na bible o di kaya may hindi isinasama. Kaya kung may gift ka ng pag translate ng bible or ang mga kasamahan mo.  Huwag ka masyadong sensitive kung di ako sumasang-ayon sa sa interptretasyon mo. Kc hindi basta-basta mo lang ini-interpret ang bible.  After all Rome was not build in one day.

      • Anonymous

        emajega, common sense bakit nangyari iba-ibang sect ng religion ngaun? dahil sa ibang-ibang interpretasyon ng bible. tanuningin mo sarili mo kanino ba inihabilin ang simbahan diba kay St. Peter? Kung alam mo lang ang mga Katilko may mga version o translation para sa iyo na hindi namin ginagamit. Alam mo kung bakit? kc binabago na nila ang original na bible o di kaya may hindi isinasama. Kaya kung may gift ka ng pag translate ng bible or ang mga kasamahan mo. Huwag ka masyadong sensitive kung di ako sumasang-ayon sa sa interptretasyon mo. Kc hindi basta-basta mo lang ini-interpret ang bible. After all Rome was not build in one day.

      • Anonymous

        Hehehe, so nag advertise pa po kayo, ako na rin po, sa aming simbahan po e less than 100 pesos lang po, 75 lang po ata if I remember right, in tagalog version “Katesismo ng Pilipinong Katoliko”.  Ngayon po ata e pinamimigay na po ng libre if you will be claiming it while offerring your tithes.  But I’m not sure with that, ‘coz I got mine thru the initial sale just to cover the publication cost.  All of you are invitied to come to us every saturdays before the 6pm Anticipated Mass at the El Shaddai International House of Prayer, AMVEL Business Park, N. Aquino Ave., San Dionisio, Paranaque City.:::)

  • Anonymous

    common misconception sa mga hindi katoliko (at kahit sa mga katoliko) na 1 lang ang santo na pinoy. actually 1 pinoy pa lang ang na-canonized ng vatican pero that doesn’t mean na wala ng iba pang pinoy na santo! sa catholic church, lahat ng nasa langit ay santo kaya bukod sa mga na-canonized ng vatican napakarami pa ring santo na nameless at kailanmaý di macacanonized. para din yang mga bayani ng pililipinas, ang mga kilala lang natin sina rizal, bonifacio, etc kasi officially recognized sila ng bansa pero di lang sila ang mga bayani diba, ung mga nakipaglaban sa mga kastila, amerikano, hapon, sa diktaturya…

  • Anonymous

    pedro calungsod,
    pray for us.

  • Jakeson Florido

    Don’t meddle on what Catholics are doing if they have nothing to do about you. If you don’t believe in what we believe, let us be. If we give respect to those who lived lives according
    to the footstep of Christ serving as an example to Catholics, then it’s none of your business. Why are you all bitter when we have something like this?

  • Anonymous

    with Philippines having two saints now…we’ll be having less typhoons, less earthquakes, less landside..etc,. let’s get rid of the old saints (Sn Roque, San Pedro, san juan, sto nino, etc. they’re outdated and have not done anything. We are the most punished country in Asia (or World) in terms of natural disaster..according to UN.

    With St. Pedro Calungsod (a Bisaya),,Visayas and Mindanao will less likely to be hit with Typhoons, Flashfloods, landslides..and other disastrous calamities…Allelujah!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m proud to be a bisaya…!!

    St. Pedro Calungsod is holier than Pope John Paul II…

  • Anonymous

    @mhertz:
     
    True believers of God thru the centuries have learned that they should let the Bible interprets the Bible. The Bible encourages people not to believe anything credulously but prove whether such a thing (be it teaching, prophecy or whatever) is true or not.
     
    That is why we have the following words with regards to this:
     
    “You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. No one should be alarmed.” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
     
    “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
     
    “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)
     
    Do take note that in the last quote from the Bible, it is no other else than the apostle Paul who was teaching, yet he was not offended when the Bereans even verified his teachings from the Bible (which at this time is only the Old Testament as the books in the New Testament is still being acted by them – the earliest Christians preached the Gospel using only the Old Testaments only thus demonstrate the continuity between the two writings and the kinship between Judaism and Christianity, I mean biblical Christianity), in fact the Bereans were even commended by calling them “more noble”.
     
    With this may I encourage everyone who wants to know more about God and who sincerely seeks Him to grab a Bible and with a prayerful and humble heart read and study it. For the Bible itself declares its purpose when it said that:
     
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
     
    Praise be to God and to His Son Jesus Christ!
     
    Don’t let religion hinder you from knowing the Truth my friends!

    • Anonymous

      2 Timothy 3:16-17 does not say that the bible is the sole basis for our faith.  The bible is profitable for those four uses but it does not claim it is sufficient.  Nowhere in the bible does it claim that the bible is the sole basis of faith.

      On the other hand, there are several verses that say that the traditions taught by the apostles should also be followed:

      I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you. (1 Cor 11:2)
      So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thess 2:15)
      Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. (2 Thess 3:6)
      What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)

      The apostles also acknowledge that Peter has the final say on what should be considered authentic christian teaching.  The unbroken line of succession from Peter to Pope Benedict XVI is a guarantee of the Pope’s authority. 

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate and admire you for taking time and effort to share with me your thoughts about the bible. And of course I have my own bible. And I believe that there should be a proper and directive/guide on what the bible has to convey to its reader. I  believe and its evident that people’s action are greatly influence on their thoughts on what they read in the bible. Take for example the Adventist, they are more on the Old testament like they don’t eat foods like pork, shrimp etc.. as what have written in the old testament. Meanwhile in New Testament it is already mentioned there that everything you eat is clean, what comes out from your mouth makes it unclean etc.. and stuff like that. I believe that not everything was written in the bible. Most specially after the period when the bible was written already. There were instances of new visions/apparitions/messages that the faithful most specially the saints that has been witnesses to these.  And to add Catholic faith adheres on the bible and tradition.  Maybe that is why there are things that we do that you just don’t get it.  Just feel free to ask a Catholic who knows to answer why, not a Catholic in name only.  And most importantly hoping that you don’t bad mouth and  spread the lies of misconception about Catholic faith.  And lastly I wish that God will enlightened you and grant you wisdom in your bible reading. And able to share it most specially to those who are not able to hear the good news.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you also for replying to my post, I want you to know that I am not a roman catholic basher per se, it was not my purpose to bad mouth any particular Christian religion for I am very aware that the Lord Jesus Christ love us all believers in Him though He will surely point to us what is wrong in us, all for our own good (see the Lord’s letters to the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2&3).

        My purpose is that beside sharing the Good News to people I want them to appreciate the whole counsel of God – that is the entire Holy Scripture and putting there the verses so that people will be able to check for themselves whether what I am saying is true or not (which the Bible itself encourages people to do), as in the Acts of the Apostles:

        “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

        Regarding the words of God Moses said:

        “They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.” (Deutrononmy 32:47)

        Whereby the Lord Jesus Himself encourages familiarity of the words of God so that we won’t be walking in error, thus He said:

        “Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)

        From my experience, it has always been a sort of alibi for the catholics to say that not everything is written in the Bible, yes indeed and the Bible itself readily admitted that as we will see in Deuteronomy:

        “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

        The Bible even recognizes differences in faith among believers when it says:

        “Accept those whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat everything, but another person, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted that person. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master they stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
        Some consider one day more sacred than another; others consider every day alike. Everyone should be fully convinced in their own mind. Those who regard one day as special do so to the Lord. Those who eat meat do so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and those who abstain do so to the Lord and give thanks to God. For we do not live to ourselves alone and we do not die to ourselves alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:1-9)

        Having said all that it behoves us to sincerely consider the following admonition from the Bible:

        “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

  • Anonymous

    //The apostles also acknowledge that Peter has the final say on what should be considered authentic christian teaching.  The unbroken line of succession from Peter to Pope Benedict XVI is a guarantee of the Pope’s authority. //

    And your basis for that I reckon is the following verse: And I also say to you that you are Peter (petros), and upon this rock (petra) I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.”  Matt 16:18.
    Yet interestingly 5 verses down in the same chapter this is what Jesus called Peter: Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns. Matt 16:23.

    Since you claim that Peter is the first pope and that line of succession is unbroken to the current pope can you therefore say that the current pope is SATAN and the whole catholic church is a SATANIC cult? ……………..Just a thought!!!

    • Anonymous

      Your line of reasoning is an example of what happens when people rely on their own interpretation of the Bible. 

  • Anonymous

    @just_anotherperson:
     
    Tradition is not bad per se if it is based good and true teachings and practices. Thus God Himself encourages us to find what is right and to follow and keep it, hence it becomes the tradition of those who truly worships and obey God.
     
    Now we should realize that God is consistent and faithful and true to His words and promises. Having said that we can fully trust that whatever God wants us the same and consistent and transcends ethnicity and the passage of time. Also God’s word are not mutable so that those who claim to follow God can just change them to whatever whims they have so as to make the words of God becomes “relevant for our time” as some would put it who thinks that God’s word are already obsolete and so have to be reinvented. No, God’s words are always relevant in whatever era we are in for it not only deals with the past and the present but as well as the future.
     
    Thus whatever tradition you hold dear (as all of us have), see to it that it is still in line with the words of God – the Bible, otherwise you will end up inventing your religion. We all know that it is no other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who vouches for the veracity and sanctity of the written words of God when He said:
     
    “Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19)
     
    On the other hand if you’re the type of person or group of people who thinks they can promulgate what is truth by whatever they can agree on, then I guess I can do nothing about that because as for me and those who sincerely hold on to the words of God – the Bible is the repository of all Truth.
     
    We don’t want to end up walking by our own lights but rather by the light of God.
     
    “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let those who walk in the dark, who have no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.” (Isaiah 50:10-11)

    • Anonymous

      You are wrong if you think that the Pope or the Vatican promulgate what is the truth by whatever they can agree on.  The Pope’s main duty is to preserve and defend the truth passed on from the apostolic times.  

      One example is the veneration of Catholics to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Christians from the earliest times venerated Mama Mary.  Even Martin Luther is a known Marian devotee. Then how can it be that most protestants do not venerate Mama Mary?  How can the fruits be so different from the tree?

      • Anonymous

        I don’t mean to insult your knowledge of history, nevertheless if you will do an honest research you will find out that this ‘Mary’ thing of yours have been inserted only in the year 400’s during the council of Chalcedon and never was the teachings of the apostles much more of the Bible itself.
         
        The preposterous claims of supposedly unbroken link between the apostle Peter and the roman Pope is itself a wishful thinking. For the apostle Peter never was a bishop of Rome nor was he infallible (for the apostle Peter was himself even admonished by the apostle Paul). This claim of papacy and the claim of Rome’s supremacy began to creep in only after about 300 years from the lifetime of the apostles. If you will only have an open mind and will set aside your biases and do look into the history of Christianity you will find for yourself that the Roman Catholic Church did indeed strayed from the way of Truth. It has been in constant apostasy, to the point that a first century Christian would be appalled at how much it has gone astray.
         
        In fact Roman Catholic Church is properly named as such, for first it was roman, second catholic and third a church but not necessarily a Christian one.
         
        Council after council, dogma after dogma the Roman Catholic Church steadily strayed from the path of righteousness (not only RCC but other organized religions as well). So if you remember from geometry that a straight line can be made thru two points, so it is with the words and teachings of God, the past and the present should be consistent immaterial of the passage of time.
         
        Let civil governance teach us a lesson, our lawmaker and leaders would readily cry out ‘unconstitutional’ once a law or an ordnance is found to be deviating from the land’s constitution, so it is with those who claim that they are Christian, the words of God – the Bible is our constitution wherein we will be guided as to what is right and true before the eyes of God.
         
        That is why we can say that any form of Christianity that is not based on the words of God is at best a Christianity of their own making, not a biblically correct one.

      • Anonymous

        In this age of the internet, just search primacy of peter and you will find irrefutable proof that Peter holds the preeminent position among the apostles. Of course, there is nothing we can do if a person refuse to read catholic sources.

        Perhaps you do not know where the tomb of Peter is. The Bishop of Rome is of course, entombed underneath the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. To learn more of this and the unbroken link from Peter to the current pope, the best source I encountered is the audio series “Glory of the Papacy” which you can download at EWTN’s audio library.

      • Anonymous

        There it goes my friend, it is no wonder why you only what you know because you don’t have an open mind. Should you be willing to widen your horizon then you should read more from different sources, in fact even if I refer you to one of the Roman Catholic Church’s favourite historian, dubbed as the Father of Christian History – that is Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260-340 AD) in his History of the Christian Church, you will not even find those preposterous claims you are so confident about.
         
        Or if you are willing, try Wikipedia on the different ecumenical councils thru the centuries, there you will find how RCC goes farther and farther from the Truth as revealed in the Holy Scripture. Even history will not lie, if you are only willing to accept the fact that the Roman Catholic Church legislated its way away from what is revealed in the words of God – which in itself should be the true traditions that each true believer of the Lord Jesus Christ should cherish.

      • Anonymous

        I find it amusing that a person who believes that the bible is the sole basis of faith would say that I do not have an open mind. Anyway, thank you for sharing your opinion and I will learn more of Eusebius of Caesarea when I have time.

      • Anonymous

        No offense meant there my friend but if you are really after the truth, at least when it comes to history, you should be willing to read from different sources, which I see you seem to agree also, and not just solely rely from a highly biased source, say your church’s catechism.
         
        Wikipedia is a fair enough source if you are willing to read as any knowledgeable source from a wide range of influence and inclination can contribute.

      • Anonymous

        I guess you have not read the Catechism of the Catholic Church or any other encyclical by the popes. All explanations of catholic teaching refers to either the biblical source or writings of church fathers. It should be easy to refute it if you can.

        I hope you can overcome your bias or fear that you may be converted. Faith and reason comes together.

      • Anonymous

        As I’ve mentioned I would rather spend time reading and studying the words of God – the Bible in its pure and unadulterated form than to peruse those voluminous teachings of men.
         
        Besides I’ve been a roman catholic for many years of my life, so you see how thankful I am to God for making me worthy to know His wonderful words of Truth. Indeed the Truth set me free, free from those rituals and superficial form of religiosity and the lies that has so pervaded the entire world for almost 2000 years already.
         
        Yet the Holy Spirit thru the written words of God have guided and taught the saints thru the centuries till the Lord Jesus comes back again.
         
        Let God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be praised!

      • Anonymous

        I still think that if you have read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you would not have left the church.

      • Anonymous

        The truth is it is the very opposite, though I haven’t read all those catholic catechism there is, yet since I am also sincere in truly knowing and obeying God I did read the Bible also.

        There the revelation began all those teachings in the roman catechism pale in comparison to the wonderful truths revealed in the Bible. That is why I am this day so prevent in telling people who truly seek God to meet Him in His words, for only there we can find the Truth in all its fullness.

        Add to that the enlightening truth from history and you will know that indeed the Roman Catholic Church has been in apostasy for this past 2000 years. If it is not for the revealed words of God in the Bible we could have been thoroughly lost in the jungle of deceptions and scheming of some organized religions (that is not just RCC).

        So you see, though I belong to some group of Christians but when we preach, we don’t preach our group on the forefront but rather what is the Truth revealed in the Holy Scripture so that the Good News will not be tainted.

        Be a Catholic if you will but at least know the Truth.

      • Anonymous

        correction “pervent”

      • Anonymous

        “fervent”

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