""I am not Catholic because**
- I also feel that Jesus is real in our midst and active in the lives of individuals.
I agree: “Where 2 or 3 are gathered their AM in their midst” Mt 18:20; BUT my friend, what we Catholics proclaim as GODS Truth is that it is REALLY GOD in person [Jesus] who IS in our Midst; not the ‘Spirit} of God, But GOD in Person. And there is no more compelling reason to be Informed and fully practicing Catholic
- We practice our Christianity as a brotherhood not a beaurocracy
While the RCC does have a bureaucracy on a worldwide scale, and perhaps on the Diocesan levels; on a parish level it is usually no more than what one would find In an active protestant church community, with different men’s and ladies groups, and parish wide catechesis
- I also sort of dig in my heels when I think about how the Catholic Church in centuries past tortured and killed many of my ancestors for not registering as Catholics. I know that the interwoven times of church and state complicate the understanding of what really took place. I also read here often what was a new concept for me and that is the statement that the Catholic Church never ever killed anyone for conceived heresy. ?
Can you understand at all why so many have a hard time seeing the CC in a positive light?
The only solution I see is acknowledgement and forgiveness.**
My dear friend in CHRIST, at last I am able to understand your vehemence towards Catholicism. Thank you for sharing.
My friend, the “CHURCH” cannot sin; ONLY the people within Her can [and sadly at times Do] … You claim to be “Christian”; BUT can anyone be a true follower of Christ and not LOVE.
Many years ago when I was still actively teaching one of my young students asked me: MR. M, IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE THE ENTIRE BIBLE IS A SINGLE WORD; WHAT WOULD THAT WORD BE: I REPLIED “LOVE.”
Matt.5 43-46: “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same”
Matt.22: 37, 39 “And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Jn.13: 34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another"
The Lords’ Prayer: FORGIVE Us [ME] for our [MINE] trespasses as we forgive[ALL] others who have trespassed against us [ME[“… My friend GOD will only forgive us to the exact same degree that we forgive ALL others. Mt 6:12-15
Mt 18: 21 – 22,35 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times? Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven” …”So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."