The Catholic Church is the Church which Jesus Christ founded and He gave it the Authority to make those determinations when He said to the Apostle Simon in Matthew 19"I will give you (C)the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." This giving of the Keys of the kingdom of heaven and the Authority to bind and loose is symbolic of giving all authority to make these decisions. The Church practices are based on the pre-biblical practices of the first christians. The New Testament did not exist until the Catholic Church produced it that the Councils of Hippo and Carthege. Before that, there was the oral teaching of the apostles and their followers. The practices were documented in certain first century books such as the Didache (Teaching of the Apostles). Here is something else for her to think about.
Do you have any idea when your church was founded and by whom?
You may find this enlightening:
If you are a of the Catholic faith, Jesus Christ founded your Church in the year A.D. 30.
If you are Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk in the Catholic Church, in 1517.
If you belong to the Church of England (Anglican), your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.
If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded when John Knox brought the teachings of John Calvin to Scotland in the Year 1560.
If you are Unitarian, your group developed in Europe in the 1500s.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion branched off Puritanism in the early 1600s in England.
If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1607.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
If you are an Episcopalian, your church came from England to the American colonies. It formed a separate religion founded by Samuel Seabury in 1789.
If you are a Campellite Christian Church, your religion was started by Thomas and Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone at a revival held at Bushy Creek.
If you are a Mormon (Latter-day Saints), Joseph Smith started your church in Palmyra, N.Y. in 1830.
If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.
If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year your religion was founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, your religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pennsylvania in the 1870s.
If your Church of Christ, your church broke of from the Campellites in 1906.
If you are Pentecostal, your religion was started in the United States in 1901.
If your organization is “evangelical nondenominational christian” your group started in the 1960s
Pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen your faith and remember that the Bible says the Church is the “Pillar and Foundation of Truth”
Let us go now to love and serve the Lord.