10 Frequently Questions asked of & to Catholics (and how Catholics can reply to them with Biblically charity)
Are YOU an IFPC? (Informed and FULLY practicing Catholic? Do you wish to be one / or a better one?
Right at the START of this, I profess that the idea for this lesson was pilfered from a pass-out that I had stuffed into my Bible some time ago and had forgotten about. However in reading it I had a few points that I think require necessary clarity. This information though is such that God Willing many (all) Catholics ought to be able to explain. I will use some Bible references, because what I share IS Biblically grounded, and because it is very likely that those asking are from some “Bible Church” (Sola Scriptura). Learning these responses will require some effort of your part; but then all “good things”, as a rule do. Don’t get hung up on the precise bible quotes, unless you’re able too, knowing what books they are in ought to be sufficient.
The frequency Pass-out listed these from #10 to #1; while I will do it from #1 to #10. The first thing to do when asked ANY of these questions is to thank the person or people asking them. Their interest is most likely Holy Spirit Inspired. The second thing to remember is that they WILL BE seeking Bible evidence for our replies; hence I suggest one beginning with a brief discussion about the Bible being a “Catholic birthed book,” by sharing these facts. ALWAYS say a brief prayer for guidance from the HS to assist you before you open your mouth in reply (Holy Spirit PLEASE help me) to any question about our faith beliefs or Church.
1 All of the authors of the NT are recognized today as being “Catholics;” five of whom were Catholic Apostles: Matthew, John, James, Peter and Paul. (This may be a bit of a shock to some.) This may then raise the questions where does one find the term “Catholic” in the bible which will be the 1st question addressed
WHERE IS THE TERM “CATHOLIC” IN THE BIBLE (Light-heartily I reply that you’ll find it “right next to” the terms “Bible and Protestant, which also are not in the “Bible.”
Here I reference John 20: 30-31 and John 21: 23-24 (these are the last two verses in both chapters, so it’s easy to remember.)
Jn. 20:30-31 “ Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.”
Jn. 21: 24-25 “  This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.”
Then I explain that the Bible was fully authored by the end of the 1st. Century; (before this theological term had evolved.) BUT because of SEVERE persecutions by both the Jewish Priesthood who were trying to protect their religions-base (the only religion of the Jews,) and the Romans who feared that they MIGHT become a threat to them if they grew too large, so the bible as a Single-Volume of 73 of carefully chosen, GOD-Inspired, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 books (46 OT and 27 NT) was not finalized with late in the 4th. Century. The first term of Christ NEW Church and faith was “The Way”:
Acts 19: 23 “  Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about “the way” of the Lord.”
Acts 24: 14 “  But this I confess to thee, that according to “the way”, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets”
Then towards the end of the 1st. Century that name evolved to “Christians:”
Acts 11: 26 “ And they conversed there in the church a whole year; and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians”
By the way, I don’t think that it is essential (although it is beneficial), that you know the exact verses to quote; knowing what books that they are in ought to be sufficient.
The TERM “Catholic” was introduced around 110 AD, shortly after the bible had been fully authored. And the term means “Universal”, in following Christ direct COMMAND to His Apostles to “go out into the WHOLE WORLD” and teach ALL that I have COMMANDED YOU.” Mt. 28:20. “  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” ( BTW, this was and is Direct, Clear and Exclusive to Them at that time.)You can just GOOGLE the term for verification. … and YOU can decide if you wish to share the exclusivity commanded here. So the Bible is a Catholic Book originally assembled and the NT fully authored by Catholics and at THAT time, exclusively for “Catholics” who were the original “Christians”, AND the ONLY Christians (except for some roaming heretics) until the “Great Eastern Schism” of 1054 AD. Just try to know the “Hi-Lights.”
Question #2 “Are YOU saved?”
Reply: Yes and I am still in the process of “being saved.” Because Justification is a life- long process; never just a single act. … A GREAT Many Protestants hold to an OSAS (One Saved Always Saved philosophy); granted “by a profession of faith; a proclaimed Belief is Jesus as ‘Their LORD and Savior” (an “altar call” of some sort, who through “Subsatory- Substitution” …ie. Jesus HAS ALREADY accomplished EVERYTHING needed for their salvation; which MOST assume “cannot then be lost.”) If this discussion gets deep enough ask THEM where THAT is in the bible.
1 John speaks very clearly about not sinning anymore.1 Jn. 5:18. 1 Jn.3:8 & 1 Jn. 1:6-7:
1 Jn. 5:18 “  We know that whosoever is born of God, sinneth not: but the generation of God preserveth him, and the wicked one toucheth him not.”
1 Jn. 3:8 “  He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
AND THIS: 1 Jn. 1:6-7  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he also is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (They may hold that this Act of Jesus in an “ungoing forgiveness”; in other words they can sin at will and whatever they do is automatically forgiven.” So here is how to invalidate THAT argument. The Bible is a Holy Spirit Book 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 ( THIS IS a PASSAGE that you should commit to memory) … “ All scripture, (is) inspired of God,(and) is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice,  That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” Once again if Prudence dictates ask them to prove that from the use of the ENTIRE Bible.
Here is a Rule for “Right understanding of the Bible that you can share with them:
Never ever, Can, May, or Does; Any- one passage or verse have the POWER or the Authority to invalidate, override, or make void ANY –OTHER passage or verse. (God simply cannot contradict Himself.) … Where this even the slightest possibility (it’s NOT), it would render the entire Bible as worthless to teach or learn one’s faith.
St. Paul Himself recognizes that ones salvation is a life-long-task: Phil. 2:12
Phil..2:12 “ Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.” … And then ASK; ”WHY would Paul teach THIS is he understood salvation could be, or was “assured”?”
Here’s some more evidence:
1st. Cor. 9:27 “ But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.”
1st. Cor. 10:12 “ Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, (Be ALREADY Saved) let him take heed lest he fall.” One might then ASK: are we to assume that Paul didn’t believe in Jesus? Hmmmmm
Clearly Paul understood that Salvation was a Lifetime effort and stuggle.
Question #3 “IF YOU died tonight would you go the heaven?
Catholics have a conditional-assurance of salvation. (As does all of humanity.)
1 Jn. 1: 3-5 “  That which we have seen and have heard, we declare unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship may be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write to you, that you may rejoice, and your joy may be full. And this is the declaration which we have heard from him, and declare unto you: That God is light, and in him there is no darkness.” (This means if we are “in the state of God’s graces,” previously supported by the earlier 1 John passages already shared.) But to enter into heaven one MUST BE without sin, literally perfect and holy:
1 Peter 1: 15-16 “ Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.  And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one’s work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here”
1st. Cor. 1:10 “ Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.” (BUT keep in mind they may THINK that Jesus has already ASSURED THIS for them for LIFE.) .. SEE replies for #2
1 Jn. 5: 16-17 “ He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask.  All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.” (Mortal and Venial sins.) Explain because God has to be “Just and Fair” that He cannot judge stealing a candy bar from Walmart the same as in ANY manner supporting an abortion. The first can’t send one to Hell; the second one can.
So in order to be assured that if “we were to dies today would I go to heaven” DEPENDS upon me being in the “State of GOD’S grace; with NO unforgiven Mortal sins.” HOW ARE CATHOLICS sins forgiven? John 20:19-23
Jn 20: 19-23 “ Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you.  And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.  He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.  When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.  Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” This is also taught in Mt. 16: 19 “ And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”
Question #4 “Why do you worship wafers/” (FYI: I have never been asked this, at least not in this manner.) …. “Why do Catholics believe Jesus is present in our holy communion?” I have been asked.
When asked this, the first I do is SMILE and go on the offence. I ask something along the line of: “are we to suppose that GOD cannot do this? That GOD cannot do any “good thing?” (And THIS IS the greatest of all possible “good things because it it Jesus Himself, in Person; “Really, Truly and Substanually Present.”
For your FYI, I’ll provide the Bible references; BUT I usually explain, unless they want of insist upon the evidence; that God simply CANNOT LIE. In Mt. 28: 20 He promises that He WILL be “with US” until the end of time. (They will likely know this, but think it means only “Spiritually.”)
I explain to them that five different CATHOLIC-authors of the NT, testify to this Reality. Mt. 26, Mk. 14, Lk. 22, John 6, and Paul in 1st. Corinthians. If they choose to then still want further evidence I tell them to read with the Literal Understanding those Inspired Authors intended John 6:46-57 & verses 68-70 “ Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away?  And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.” If they still don’t believe ask them to READ Paul, 1st. Cor. 11:23-30 “  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.  And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.  In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.  For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.  Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.  But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. (This terms HERE means have self -condemned themselves to eternal Hell.) LOOK at verse #27: and ask: Let me ask you a question; HOW can a person be GUILITY of the “body and blood of our LORD” If Paul is only speaking of ordinary bread and wine?… You many not convince them, but if they are being led by the Holy Spirit; they should have something to prayerfully ponder.
If they still are doubtful ASK to please GOOGLE “Eucharistic Miracles.”
Question #5 “Why Do Catholics “worship” Mary? (This is the one I have been most often asked.) With a HUGE smile I respond; “You almost asked the right question.” (what do you mean?”…. take out the word “worship” and insert in its place “reverence”, and you “nailed it.” We Catholics KNOW and are taught (Catechism #266 teaches) “266 “Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the Holy Spirit’s another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal” (Athanasian Creed: DS 75; ND 16). … So if you change your question to “WHY do Catholics “reverence” Mary; it then an accurate, and a GOOD question. Catholics reverence Mary because She alone was chosen by our Perfect GOD to be the Mother of “His Son.” GOD literally had BILLIONS of other options; other women that He might have selected; but NO, He choose Mary. … Everything (excepting Her freewill choices) were initiated BY GOD, not by Mary; NOT even by Mary’s request. So Her being born sinless; Her Virgin Birth of Jesus; Her Assumption into heaven; except Her sinless entire Life, which She HAD TO (and did) fully cooperate with God’s graces in order to accomplish; were parts of God’s plan for Her. The Biblical evidence of this is all in Luke chapter One. Verses 26-35 (all the parts of the “Hail Mary” prayer) and verses 46-55 show Her respect for what GOD had chosen to accomplish through Her:
“ And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.”……. (Some think that we Catholics hold Mary on the same spiritual-plane as Her Son Jesus. Verse #47 clearly corrects that thinking.)
Having now explained Catholics actual beliefs and practices regards Mary; it is a good idea to go on and explain WHY we reverence Mary with Prayers. (THIS APPLIES SIMILARLY TO Saints as well.)
We reverence and pray to & THROUGH Mary and the Saints to Jesus because we’re “family.” We Catholics believe in “the communion of Saints & saints.” Simply put this means that all the Souls in heaven + all the souls detoured to purgatory in route to heaven + and all of us Catholic-believers on earth are connected through Jesus, so WE’RE FAMILY. And families help each other in times of need. So Mary and the Saints being members of “our family” are anxious to assist us, and eagerly take our petitions; THEN they add their own on top of ours, and then present them personally to God on our behalf. Consequently they are made more efficaous (effective.) Amen!
Question #6 Why do Catholics Confess their sins to a priest? I love this question which I have been rarely asked; but I suspect that may be due to fear factors. (Do “I” really want to know the answer to this one?) I do suspect though that it is a lingering question for many non-Catholics, as the Holy Spirit is always prompting and seeking to share God’s Truths.
Once again I began with a big smile and thank them for asking me this question, “May I first ask you a question?”…. Are you familiar with the Old Testament? Perhaps you’ll recall that Moses was commanded to set Aaron and his sons aside to be “Priest for Yahweh / God? One of the specified duties of the OT priest was the “forgiveness” of their sins, testified to in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. So Jesus was not “inventing the wheel here”; no, He was only perfecting what had long been a normal function of the called and ordained priesthood. But what Jesus did was to “perfect” the New Testament Priesthood; actually sharing with THEM, to a lesser degree, some of His Powers as evidenced I Matthew 10: 1-8“ And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.  And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,  James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not.  But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give.”
So Jesus here clearly intends to share with His Apostles some of His Powers and authority. Then we see in (this one you need to memorize) Matthew 16: 18-19 “ And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”
These Godly powers granted by Jesus to His apostles and by necessity to their successors “to BIND” and or “to LOOSE” here are dual-authorities to make and amend, or even void laws, regulations and practices; BUT ALSO to forgive , or NOT to forgive sins.
Later John in chapter 20:19-23 (another one you should memorize) relates specifically and precisely when Jesus empowers them to actually forgive sin in His NAME…
 Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you.  And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.  He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. (This is a literal statement)  When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.  Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”
1 John 5: 16-17 tells us that we can and are capable of sin in a manner that is so grave that it actually separates us from our “personal relationship with God” until and unless it is confessed…(Theologians call it MORTAL sin)  He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask.  All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.”
“Unto death” means self- inflicted Eternal Hell if not confessed, forgiven and remitted. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY JESUS INSTITUTED THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION. He wants to give us every advantage possible to gain admittance.
Then I remind our friends that this is in the Bible; an INSPIRED book, 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (yet another one to be memorized) because GOD desired that it be there; that it be accepted and that it be advantaged. THIS IS THE ONLY MANNER PRECISELY, AND CLEARLY EXPRESSED IN THE BIBLE FOR SIN FORGIVENESS GOD’S WAY. …. Smile: If you choose to challenge God on this critical to our salvation; well I’ll pray for you
Exodus 28:1-3  Take unto thee also Aaron thy brother with his sons, from among the children of Israel, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office: Aaron, Nadab, and Abiu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.  And thou shalt make a holy vesture for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.”
Leviticus 17:16  And he shall make good the damage itself which he hath done, and shall add the fifth part besides, delivering it to the priest, who shall pray for him, offering the ram, and it shall be forgiven him
Numbers 6: 16 “ And the priest shall present them before the Lord, and shall offer both the sin offering and the holocaust”
Question #7 “Why do Catholics pray to Idols.” Once again I began with sa smile and a sincere thank you for asking this question. The short answer is that we don’t; we pray to and THROUGH the Saint or Mary in heaven that they represent. We’ve covered this in some detail. Then I ask with another smile; are YOU aware that God approves of IDOLS? ….. He commanded Moses to make a Brass Serpent and put it on a pole to for those bitten by the snakes to “look at” and they would be cured. Exodus 25: 17-19; and He commanded Moses to build Angels to be placed on both sides of the Ark. Numbers 21: 8-9
So what we learn here from GOD Himself that it is NOT the “image” but the purpose of that image that matters. Anything that can possibly lead one CLOSER to God is a “GOOD”; while anything that is intended to compete with GOD is “Evil.” … Statues of Mary and the Saints that we pray THROUGH, do lead us close to God and therefore are “very good.”
Question # 8 “Why Do Catholics pray for the dead?” Catholics frankly have a fuller understanding of the Natures of God, the nature of our Souls and the nature of Sin. I know this makes no sense to you because Protestants make some very dangerous assumptions that God will accept your dictating to Him just HOW he MUST save you. Whether or not God DOES accept these demands is a mystery. God can do any good thing; still NOT doing it His Way carries great risk. Catholics believe in purgatory and you don’t, so the question then is “WHY MUST purgatory exist?”
God can accurately and briefly be defined as “All Good things Perfected.” By this definition we are led to ask; “are being “fair” and “Just,” … “good things?” Of course they are, thus we can know that in an absolute sense GOD MUST “Be Good.” God in order to be our Perfect God cannot Judge me stealing a candy bar from Walmart and me choosing to commit adultery; both sins, which are a direct affront against the Sovereignty of God, as being of equal consequences for my evil choices. The first sin can’t send me to Hell, the second most assuredly can if not confessed and forgiven God’s way; 1 John 5: 16-17 & John 20:19-23.
When a person dies Divine Justice gives three options for where, by their life-choices, their Soul will be sent.
If we die in the “State of God’s Graces”; meaning without unconfessed; unremitted Mortal sins 1 John 5:16-17 we are assured of Heaven; HOWEVER, entry into heaven requires that the Soul be literally “perfect” without blemish as is Jesus, who’s Nature will neither tolerate or accept anything less.
The nature of sin is more complex than for many, is at first evident. Because all sin is an ATTACK of the Sovereignty of God; God even when and after forgiving us our sins applies a concealed penalty which theologians have termed “The Temporal Punishment that all sins accrue.” The amount of this debt, how it can be lessened, or even paid in full, and the accounting repayment of this debt is entirely up to and accomplished by and through Jesus alone..
The Catholic Church; Matthew 16: 15-19; 28:18-20 and John 17: 17-20 clearly, directly and exclusively commands and empower to do all that is possible to lead Souls to heaven.
Matthew 16:15-19 “ Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?  Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”
Matthew 28: 18-20“ And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
DOUAY CATHOLIC BIBLE EXPLANATION:  “All power”: See here the warrant and commission of the apostles and their successors, the bishops and pastors of Christ’s church. He received from his Father all power in heaven and in earth: and in virtue of this power, he sends them (even as his Father sent him, St. John 20. 21) to teach and disciple, not one, but all nations; and instruct them in all truths: and that he may assist them effectually in the execution of this commission, he promises to be with them, not for three or four hundred years only, but all days, even to the consummation of the world. How then could the Catholic Church ever go astray; having always with her pastors, as is here promised, Christ himself, who is the way, the truth, and the life. St. John 14. End Quoted
John 17: 17-24 “ Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.  And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me;  That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one:  I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.  Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me. End Quoted
God in order to Be GOD is and must be “perfect” in every way; consequently in order to enter into heaven; Our Soul too must either be perfect (no sins and no debt for sins still due upon death of the Mortal body, OR be ABLE to be made by Christ “perfect” (though purgatory; or condemn that unsaveable Soul to eternal Hell.
It is precisely because God HAS TO BE both “just” and “fair” that He HAD TO create a place of purification (purgatory) for the Millions of Souls throughout the ages who died still in “God’s graces” (without unconfessed or unforgiven Mortal sins); yet still imperfect because of lesser (“venial sins” ) unconfessed and unforgiven; OR the Debt all sins accrue still existing, and requiring full repayment on that Soul.
Similar to the terms “Catholic”. “Protestant”, “Religion”; and even “Bible”; which are not FOUND in the bible; though each of them is implied: Mt: 16:18; Mt. 7:21; Mt. 28:20; Mt. 5:2, the term “purgatory” too is a later teaching given a specific name.
Rev.21: 27 “But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Matt.5:26 “truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.”
Matt.5: 48 “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Heb.2:10 “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
1John.3: 2 – 3 “Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”
1Cor.3: 13 – 14 “each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.”
Each of the above teachings reference purgatory.
Purgatory HAS TO EXIST because of Divine Justice; God MUST BE “Fair.” Further because God desires that “All Souls” be saved 1st. Timothy 2: 3-4 (though He knows that will not happen); God out of Love for man created a manner to make perfect those Souls that were undeserving of Hell, yet ALSO not yet deserving of Heaven. THAT is how much He loves us.
Because Protestants do not believe this; they assume in serious error that purgatory simply does not apply to them. BUT just as “truth” is not, and cannot be changed by unbelieve; neither can the reality of Purgatory. Even “IF” GOD succumbs to their Dictating to Him, how He MUST “save them”; (which remains a mystery as to being fact), it is unassured that this would include full automatic repayment for the Debt all sins accrue; which we can know because God in order to be “Good”; must also be “fair.”
So we Catholics pray for our Brothers and Sisters (Souls) in purgatory; because the Church (and there God approved Mt. 16:19) permits us to assist the Souls of our Passed loved ones; and even those Souls we don’t know; though our “communion with these saints” by our prayers, sacrifices and good works offered up for their early entry into Heaven.
Question #9 “Why do you call your priest “Father?”
Matthew 7: 8-9 “ But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master; and all you are brethren.  And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.  Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ.
CATHOLIC DOUAY BIBLE EXPLANATION:  “Call none your father upon earth”: Neither be ye called masters. The meaning is that our Father in heaven is incomparably more to be regarded, than any father upon earth: and no master to be followed, who would lead us away from Christ. But this does not hinder but that we are by the law of God to have a due respect both for our parents and spiritual fathers, (1 Cor. 4. 15) and for our masters and teachers.” End Quoted
It is notable that both in the Old and the New Testaments “Abraham is called ‘Father.’”
Joshua 24: 3 “  And I took your father Abraham from the borders of Mesopotamia: and brought him into the land of Chanaan: and I multiplied his seed,  And gave him Isaac: and to him again I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave to Esau mount Seir for his possession: but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt
Luke 16-24 “  And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.”
What Abraham was to the OT Jewish nation; Our Catholic Priest are similar; but oh now though Jesus, so much more powerful than their Old Testament predecessors. Both were chosen by GOD to be His representatives: Exodus 30: 30-31; John 15:16.
Mt. 10: 1-8  And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.  And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,  James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not.  But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give” End Quotes
Paul 1st. Cor. 11:23-30 “  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.  And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.  In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.  For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.  Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.  But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.”
John 20: 21-23 “ He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.  When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.  Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”
Matthew 28:19-20 “ Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
Matthew 16: 18-19 “ And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee (all of) the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. “
It is precisely because Catholics Priest are called and Ordained; chosen, educated, and empowered not only to be another mirror image of Jesus; BUT in His Name and through His granted Powers; Catholic Priest Can and DO actually Make Jesus Present to us IN PERSON, in Catholic Holy Communion; are empowered to actually forgive our sins in the Sacrament of Known Forgiveness; can heal the sick; and directly and exclusively empowered to share the fullness of His Truths without even a possibility of error.
So todays Catholic priest take over in the Name and with the authority and some of the Power of Jesus who commanded and empowered them (John 17:17-20) directly, specifically and exclusively to:  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. End Quoted Similar to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets they are called to be our Spiritual “Fathers” and to lead as many as are willing to follow them on the Road to Emmaus, and beyond. The term is of a “Spiritual fatherhood.” Battling Satan and his Minions, in a perfect world without sin and sinners; a great many of them do so. These God selected “Fathers” do make Jesus present; forgive our sins and teach us the fullness of Christ One True Faith.
Question #10 “Why Do Catholics Obey the Pope?”
“POPE. Title of the visible head of the Catholic Church. He is called Pope (Greek pappas, a child’s word for father) because his authority is supreme and because it is to be exercised in a paternal way, after the example of Christ.” End Quoted: Father John A. Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary
Catholics Obey the Pope who is (or is supposed to be) our Spiritual “Father”; as the Direct Successor of Peter, he Holds all of the Key’s to Heaven’s gate (Mt. 16:18-20) and is directly, precisely and exclusively called and commanded to teach the entire world the fullness of Christ truths, (Mt. 28:18-20) and he is empowered and protected with the warranty of Jesus Himself, to be enabled to do so without error on all matters of Morals and Faith BELIEFS, so long as what he teaches conforms to the historical teaching of the Catholic Magisterium; the Churches teaching authority. (John 17:17-20). And the Pope can and may teach Infallibly conditionally.
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