Catholics

April 23, 2008

With all of the attention that the Pope is getting this week by making the first papal visit to the U.S. since 1979, here is a little primer on a few major doctrinal distinctions between Catholics and Southern Baptists.

Catholics believe:

— the same as Protestants about God’s nature and about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

— in the same 66 books of the Protestant Bible, but they also affirm the apocryphal texts. In addition, they hold that authority is found in the teachings of the apostles as they’ve been preserved in the Catholic Church apart from the Bible. Thus the office of the pope has “full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church” (CCC, no. 882).

— “through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ” (CCC, no. 1213).

— priests can forgive sins

— grace is administered through sacraments during Eucharist (Mass).

— Mary was perfect.


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