What is a Catholic response to the below message? The person I am discussing this with is a Catholic who is practicing as a Protestent and thier beliefs. He is conducting a bible study which I have stopped attending because of errors or slant that he is putting on the bible. His email is shown below without any reference to names per your rules.
Not sure I understand all your objections, as I have been trying to make the purposes of God in history understandable to the average church goers and house wives. I am teaching that the Holy Eucharist becomes the Body of Christ for all believers who partake in faith and obedience; so where are you in your understanding of what was discussed?
I know that it is normal for Roman Catholics to say there is no other way to God except through the church at Rome; this was the basis of the dispute that brought about the Great Schism in the 10th century, when many of the church elders split from Rome to form what we know as the Eastern Rite Church. They believed that Jesus ordained all his disciples to go out and preach the gospel, give Holy Communion, starting at Jerusalem, and that the bishop of Rome was one among equals.
St John -stayed in the Jerusalem region most of his life.
St James , -the Lord’s 1/2 brother was leader of the Church in Jerusalem much of his life.
St Thomas -went east to India, where he was martyred.
St Phillip -went to the south near Ethiopia.
All were ordained directly by Christ, so they would all disagree with you that only through Rome can a person be saved from sin or receive Holy Eucharist; the church at Rome was formed many years after the church in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is where Jesus taught, did miracles of healing, where His death and resurrection occurred, where Pentecost occurred.
Peter and Paul went to Rome as part of their missionary journey, not specifically to make Rome the seat of the church.
Please remember, it is no surprise your views and mine do not coincide exactly as we each have 40 years adult life before meeting. Anything you may hear me teach I will submit to examination to see if it is consistent with the Holy Scripture; if shown to be wrong, I will submit to the scripture.
I would like to see the time line you mentioned, so have a pleasant day!