Does every roman catholic interpret the pronouncements of rome in exactly the same way?
Inasmuch as interpreting is concerned, esp. in matters of doctrine, all the faithful catholics, whether one belongs to the Eastern tradition or Western tradition, should adhere to the interpretation of the Magisterium. You may ask why?–so that there will be no cause for divisions which in the Protestant communities is very rampant.
But even their interpretations need interpretations.
Can you quote one that needs to be interpreted so we can interpret it the way the Magisterium interprets it? Please be specefic and not be generalistic.
Yet rome is not alone in this, since the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim the very same thing.
I say don’t try to single out the Catholic Church and compare it in the same way as JW or Mormons. Definitely, we have a very sharp contrast in doctrines.
What about the Protestants? You can’t see the numerous, or I may say, countless differences in doctrines and beliefs in your own circle? You must need a lense to see that. I say to you"wake up and see!"
Don’t catholics have opinions?
Catholics may vary in our own opinions to some degree, as long as it doesn’t affect our belief in general. Meaning if one is giving an opinion that is way out what the Church teaches–they needed to be rebuked and corrected with charity. We’re not saying that catholics, per se, are perfect. We, too are human beings, and that’s why we need the guidance of the Magisterium and the Pope, who are definitely guided by the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus. We are assured by this in that " the gates of hell WILL NOT PREVAIL against the Church."
Ah, yes, the Church claims to go back 2000 years! That surpases the Mormons and JW traditions. But the Jews claim an even longer tradition than that of Rome - more than 2000 years!
My friend, you are right when you say that the Catholic Church is almost 2000 years old and NO OTHER so called “christian” organizations/religions apart from Catholicism can compare with that. Don’t you agree with Jesus?–He will be with the Church until the very end–and the gates of hell will NEVER prevail against it? Scripture never lies.
As regards the Jews, they don’t cease to exist just because Christians came to be. In fact, as St. Paul tells us, they have a special role in salvation history. In the end, they too will come home to the Catholic Church before the end of times as a nation, although not every single one of them ( I mean a considerable number will see Christ Jesus in the Church and will accept Him as Saviour and be baptized). That’s how the Church Fathers view escathology.