My cousins family has fallen into schism. They call themselves Catholic but do not follow the Pope. They say the Church and the Popes lost their authority at Vatican II. In our discussions over these matters, I often find myself having no idea how to defend the Church. Here are some of their points that I would like some help with:
“John Paul II kissed the Quaran!” Really this does strike me as odd. I can’t reason why he would do that. Did he really do that?
They also pointed out instances when post VII popes had said something apparently heretical, so that proves they aren’t the Pope. My argument was that the imperfection of men doesn’t diminish the perfection of the Church itself. I know it’s a weak point, so help me out.
I’ll just keep it to those two for now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!