Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

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Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

A response to the video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”. The purpose of this video is to do a response from a Catholic perspective, in a spirit of love, but also with a spirit of passion to defend our Mother the Church. The things that are said are not meant to offend, but we do have to be direct about what we believe and what we stand for.

Video Created By:

Director & Editor: Rob Kaczmark
Lyricist: Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns aka Fr. Pontifex
Producers: dUSt, Danny Hidalgo, Kyle Escamilla, Rob Kaczmark
Re-Recording Mixer: Manuel Lopez III

Special thank to Queen of all Saints Basilica and Monsignor John Pollard for allowing us to film in the church.

Lyrics:
What if I told you that Jesus loves religion
And that by his coming as man he brought his religion to fruition
See this had to be addressed, the use of illogical terms and definitions
You clearly have a heart for Jesus but its fueling atheistic opinions
See what makes his religion great is not errors of wars and inquisitions
It’s that broken men and women to participate in his mission
Clearly Jesus says I have not come to abolish
I came to fulfill the law and I came to fulfill the prophets (Matthew 5:17)
And lines about building big churches and tending to the poor
Sounds a bit like Judas when the perfume was being poured (John 12:5)
See His religion is the largest worldwide source of relief
For the poor, the hungry, the sick and repentant thief
Oceans of compassion, opening wide the doors
For single mothers, widows and orphans, married and divorced (James 1:27)
We all detest hypocrisy, and empty show is just the worst
But blaming religion for contradiction
Is like staring at death, and blaming the hearse.
See the teacher will teach when the students are ready to listen
But those that choose to sit in the pews and refuse the good news
Is not the fault of religion.
And If I have the Jersey and I’m playing for the Bulls
There’s going to be some boundaries, regulations and some rules.
You can’t have Christ without his Church; you can’t have the King without his Kingdom
Sins of the Body and internal treason will never ever make me leave him
And that Jesus said it is done, is absolutely true
But he also gave us a mission with many things to DO.
Jesus says if you love me, you will Do what I command. (JN 15:14)
Go and Baptize in the name of the Father, Son & Spirit in Every Land. (MT 28:19)
And on the night he was betrayed he took his men in the Upper Room
Take at eat this is my body take and drink my blood for you.
A New covenant you see, an act connected to the tree,
Do this time and time again in Memory of Me. (Mt 26:26-28)
And at last with crown of thorns beaten beyond comprehension
His eyes were looking for yours and mine; it was divine, no human invention.
So as for religion I love it, I have one because Jesus rose from the dead and won.
I believe When Jesus said IT IS FINISHED, His religion had just begun.

Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns

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Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

 

 

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    • Sunny, please research your options and the truth behind the Catholic church. I am a non practicing Catholic because I love what the Church USED to stand for, but unfortunately has not in many years. No other religion comes closer to those beliefs, so I practice my faith with my friends. God Bless

      • Kristie, the sad truth about fallen away catholics is that they never truly studied their own faith before leaving it and only started looking at it again after they were brainwashed by their protestant “friends” loong after they stopped going to church…Read the Cathechism of the Catholic Church, you will see the truth there plain as day…God bless Kristie, I hope you find your way back home, we’ll be waiting..

        • I agree with you Enrique. In America today, people think that “Freedom of Religion” means you get to choose for your self HOW God is to be worshiped. When a person decides for them self HOW God will be worshiped by them, it is idolatry. They are making their God fit their beliefs. Protestants are VERY good at “one liners”. But if you do even just a little studying about Catholicism, you will see we DO still believe everything just as we did in the beginning. All our Moral Truths are still the same. When Kristie said “so I practice my faith with my friends”, a couple of things I hear are: her friends are more important than the Eucharist, and that she can do a better job of a service than what God laid out for us to do in the Mass. Satan has a plan, and that is to destroy Jesus’ Church. He began his efforts back in 1597! Ask yourself two questions: Had no one ever broken away from the Catholic Church and we all were under one roof, just as Jesus had instructed the 12 to do, so much more could be done for the poor – how much money do you think is spent on all the other Church expenses? Two: Since the Catholic belief is so strong against abortion & same sex marriage, if everyone were under one roof, do you really think these issues would be today? Baptism; their way is to wait until people decide for themselves IF THEY want to have Jesus in their life to be Baptized. Time slips away and they don’t receive Baptism. BUT through the act of a “brother” who leads them to Christ and they get Baptized, usually fall right back into their rut. WHY? Because at Baptism, they receive the Holy Spirit. As a child they GROW up WITH the Holy Spirit and satan doesn’t have a chance! I feel it is nothing more than ego that the Protestants do not Baptize at birth and this is what happens. Kristie; you don’t have the 7 Gifts God gave to us, you rejected them, just as those who rejected the “cornerstone” Jesus Himself talked about. Study the Sacraments and ask a priest to talk with you, NOT a Protestant, to get the truth about Catholicism.

      • Go to the Latin Rite Mass Church, the priests are FSSP, Fraternal Order of St. Peter. Be careful of the other one, St.Pius X group, they are in flux with the Vatican.
        But the FSSP are wonderful priests.

      • WHAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS: WHY DO THE NON-CATHOLIC OR THE ANTI-CATHOLIC TELL US WE ARE NOT TO TELL THEM HOW TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH
        – YET THEY CAN TELL US HOW WE SHOULD?!?!?
        AND THEY TRY AND DO THEIR BEST TO KILL OFF THE CHURCH.

        WHY THEN DO THEY EVEN COME ON TO A CATHOLIC WEB SITE?

        HONESTLY – WHY? IF IT ISN’T BUT TO PULL PEOPLE AWAY FROM MOTHER CHURCH AND INTO THEIR OWN? UNLESS, DEEP DOWN THEY ARE NOT TRULY CONVINCED ABOUT WHERE THEY HAVE GONE AND REALLY WANT TO COME BACK HOME? I MEAN, I DON’T GO ONTO A SITE I KNOW IS MORMON, OR ISLAMIC OR BUDAH AND TRY TO “CONVERT” THEM. ALL THEY TRY TO DO IS UNDERMINE CATHOLICISM.

        WHY?

        WE BELIEVE IN THE SAME JESUS, THE SAME GOD AND THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT. YET THEY HAVE THIS “NEED” TO PROVE US WRONG! FOR WHAT PURPOSE? TO PROVE THEY ARE RIGHT?
        WHY DON’T THEY JUST STAY OFF OUR SITES? ALL OF US WHO DO IN DEPTH STUDYING ON THE CHURCH AND BIBLE CAN EASILY SEE WHEN A PERSON WHO HAS NOT BEEN EDUCATED VERY WELL IN SCRIPTURE OR IN THE EARLY CHURCH (FATHERS) IS ONLY REPEATING WHAT OTHERS HAVE TOLD THEM, THEY ARE SIMPLY REPEATING WHAT THE OTHERS SAY AND DO NOT HAVE ANY OPINIONS OF THEIR OWN BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR OWN. YES, WE NEED TO PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM THAT THEY WILL COME HOME TO SIT AT TABLE WITH ALL OF US ONE DAY, JUST AS JESUS WANTED US ALL TO DO.
        THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ALSO DO NOT BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS THE POWER TO LEAD HIS CHURCH OUT OF TROUBLED TIMES AND THAT THEY CAN DO A BETTER JOB, SO THEY BREAK AWAY AND DO THEIR OWN THING. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS FULL OF PEOPLE THAT GOD CHOSE HIMSELF, WHO LET GOD DOWN – DID THEIR OWN THING AND GOD HAD TO GO IN AND FIX IT!! MARY IS THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN’T LET GOD DOWN, SHE DID AS GOD WILLED HER TO DO – BUT THE POINT IS, THAT EVEN THOSE WHO GOD CHOSE FOR HIMSELF MADE MISTAKES, DO YOU NOT THINK THAT HUMANS WOULD CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME? BUT THAT GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL AND WILL FIX WHATEVER GOES WRONG? PENTECOST!!!!! JESUS SAID HIMSELF; “I WILL BE WITH YOU UNTIL THE END”. I BELIEVE IN HIM!!!! I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THAT THEY WILL BE WITH US ALL THE WAY AND WILL TAKE CARE OF ANY CHALLENGES THE CHURCH MAY COME INTO. FROM NOW INTO ETERNITY!

    • God bless you Sunny..

      and as Kristy said, research the truth.. because it will led you to the Catholic Church.. the one institution that Christ established over 2000 years ago..the church that has an unbroken line of bishops since its inception by Christ. the one that has never changed.. research it and know the truth, not what you hear about it.

      what ever happens, before, during and after your conversion, just know that the church is and will always be the bride of Christ and the new EVE.. “Look not on our faith but on the faith of your CHURCH”. we (you, me, priests, bishops even popes) may fall away from the church through mortal sin, however THE CHURCH is always 100%. and through confession we rejoin in this faith.

      anyway, God bless brother!

      • Thank you. I have researched for months. Even sitting in RCIA, I’m the kid in the back going, “but wait, this doctrine says this.” I have had so many more eye opening experiences in this journey than I ever did as a Protestant. I have been lead back by the grace of God.

        My husband and I have prayed long and hard about this. We are still researching convalidation, and our confirmation is during the Easter vigil this year. I am beyond excited.

        Thank you again.

        • Sunny,

          God Bless you in your journey. I am excited for you that you found the Catholic Church!

          Let nothing deter you. You are home!

          Jim H.

        • Thats excellent news. I pray that your faith and your husbands only gets stronger from here – ” the more I know, the more I know I could know more” .

          As Jim H wrote, you are home. Welcome!

          Pray for me a great sinner…

          God bless

        • I loved the RCIA class..my husband is now taking it..I am very peaceful about my decision to become Catholic…wish it hadn’t took me so long..I am home!

        • Thank you Kristie. I hope that you find peace in all that you do. I will be praying for you.

          Thank you everyone. It means so much to have support from so many people. Even those who have never met me. God bless you all.

          Pray for me as I will continue to pray for all of you!

          <3 Much love.

  1. These words are marvelous in every way. Oft times I hear complaint against ‘Organized Religion’ then think how my own wonderful body is ‘organ-ized’. It’s way too easy to walk on through one’s Life continually honing your skill at criticizing one thing or another. I have read the Early Church Fathers and what the Original Sacred Deposit of Faith is about. It remains intact to this day which is a humungous Miracle in and of itself. Thank you so very much for a loving and passionate response to the “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” video.

    • Daniel, just because someone has a different view point does not make them confused. How do you know we aren’t clear headed and you are confused? I respect you for your beliefs, please respect us for ours. Isn’t that why this country was founded? in part to escape religious persecution? The wonderful thing about America, is our first amendment right to believe as we choose….

      • Because someone does not speak the Truth makes them confused. All things are not equal in this world, despite our American tradition of individualism.

        Some things are right and some things are wrong. Period.

        You have free will. The ultimate freedom is to choose the Truth and follow the Master through the teachings of His Church, not just a piece written down 80 years after he founded the Church.

      • actually, you are partially correct. the first amendment does give us the freedom of Religion, that is, we are free to join whatever religious group we choose. HOWEVER, H O W we are to worship God (the Trinity) is up to GOD, not us! This is the very reason why there are over 30,000 different Churches today in America! ALL claim to have “the Truth”! As I said above, talk to a priest, get the facts from the people who know what they are talking about. or, listen to Dr. Scott Hahn’s cd on his conversion to Catholicism! his web site: http://www.salvationhistory.com

  2. I grew up in the Catholic Church and still practice most of the traditions I learned and value. But he says we can’t have Christ without church and I refer you to Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” The Catholic church actually taught me this meant church. There is unfortunately much corruption in our church, Instead of going to mass, I pray, listen for God’s guidance and spread the Word every chace I get. God still loves me and will welcome into heaven, even if I never step foot another day in my life. Please take time to educate yourselves instead of taking the Chruch’s views as the Gospel truth. They are NOT the same.

    • You are rationalizing your falling away by cherry picking scripture. Consider the entirety of scripture and tradition.

      Jesus in the Eucharist is waiting for you. Come Home, Kristie!

      • Jim,

        I believe it is you guys cherry picking scripture. I have taken the time to educate myself and I commune with God 24/7. He has helped me make a decision that is best for me. I believe the church has twisted His words from the Bible to mean what they want. The church of today is much different than the one founded by Jesus 2000 years ago, and that is my opinion. You can believe it or not, I am simply trying to express my views. I will never go to a Catholic Church again unless major changes are made in the Vatican. Period.

        • Kristie,

          I understand where you are coming from as I USED to be Methodist. However, the church was not built on the Bible, it was built on the rock of St. Peter. Jesus handed Peter the keys of the Kingdom. This is when Apostolic succession began in the New Covenant. This is clearly prophecised in Isaiah chapter 22 and handing the keys over to Peter is the fulfillment of tht prophecy. Jesus never promised us a book but he did promise us His Church. Also the Bible clearly states that there is only one Church and it also clearly states that we need someone to interpret Scripture to us (Acts, ). Jesus not only handed down the keys to Peter he also had given to the disciples in the upper room the authority to forgive sins and not only that, he also handed on His ministry to teach and heal. This was not something he spoke to the crowds that followed but to those who he had called to follow him more closely and he taught them special things about himself so they could minister in His name after he was cruicified. Have a nice day Kristie and may God bless you! Love Alesia

        • ok, what “twists” are you referring to? can you give us some examples? and, HOW is it different today than it was in Jesus’ day? And, what changes do you think need to be done on the Vatican level? Since the Catholic Church is the one who gave us the Bible, do you not think it is she who is suppose to interpret it?
          What I have found in those who say these same things about the Catholic Church, can’t come up with anything from their own thought, just those thoughts from other people repeating the same things, without any kind of explanation.
          Read the very last line of the Bible. then, think about what Luther did in the “King James Version” Just ONE word and it changed the beliefs of thousands! J U S T O N E W O R D!!!!!!!!!! ( by the way, our Bible is still the same as it was when the Catholic Church compiled it back in the early 400’s!! It was Luther and Calvin who did all the changing!!)

    • Kristie, “Jesus said to them Amen, Amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (John 6:53). He established the Eucharist at the Last Supper and commanded them to “Do this in remembrance of me.”
      I agree that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” can be considered to be church. How do you and your friends obey the commandment of Jesus to eat his flesh and drink his blood without established church? Being without church is like being a branch that has been cut away from the vine…eventually you are going to lose the fullness of life that is offered to those who “remain in Me.”

      • JC, I respectfully disagree. After 30 some years in the Church, I feel closer with God now than I ever have. His loving guidance has kept me from a darkness I would not wish on anyone and has put me back on a path to peace. I love many of the traditions I was taught growing up. I still regularly pray the rosary. I have chosen to develop a more meaningful relationship with God than I was able to find in any church. It is exactly this kind of “YOU MUST” attitude that puts so many people off. I am glad you are so strong in your faith, but I assure you mine is just as strong. I simply believe the church has made some shady decisions. Besides, are you aware that the translation we know is a bit different than the original Bible written in Arabic?

        • Kristie, I try to avoid these internet frays mostly for lack of time; but hey, I have a free Saturday here… First off, the old testament was written in Hebrew and some Aramaic (in Daniel), not Arabic.. that would be the Quran you’re thinking of. The new testament is written in Greek with speculation that the original of Matthew was probably Aramaic (or at least a translation of the events as spoken in Aramaic). My main point however, is this: How can you really use Matt 18:20 to define the church? Consider: If three Mormons gather in “Jesus’ name”.. Is that the church? If three excommunicated Arians (who deny Christ’s divinity) from the fourth century gathered together in Jesus’ name, was that a church of Christ?

          If you look through the new testament and early church history, you will see that everyone who brings their own “interpretations” apart from the consent of the church (organized) usually end up on the wrong end. Consider, as one example, the circumcisers of that were responded to in Acts Chapter 15: “men came down from Judea and were teaching..” verse 1.. “men whom we [the church] gave no instructions [or did not send]”.. verse 24. Consider Appollos of Acts18:24-26; who, although he was well versed in scripture, and accurately taught things concerning Jesus, still needed correction or instruction from Aquila and Priscilla. The list goes on throughout history.

          If the Church is wrong, you should probably have as little to do with her as possible, because it is probably the Whore of Babalon as the Seventh Day Adventist church insists (who also gather in Jesus’ name). If She is the real Church and teaches the way of Jesus accurately, you would do well to listen and obey. One the the many good things I learned during my protestant years was “Obedience brings blessing.” Only now as a Catholic do I really understand the fullness of that statement…

          Shalom!

        • I would also encourage you to consider the manner that pastors, deacons, elders, episcopoi (biships/overseers) were selected in the new testament. They were all “appointed” by an apostle or an apostles appointee. No one was ever put in charge based solely on an “experience” with Jesus and never by a “voting” of laity. Even Paul was “sent” by the church and had to prove himself. First was conversion and baptism via Anaias. Later, proving himself and then being supported by Barnabas in order to join the disciples. Finally, being sent out for ministry in Acts 13. Saul/Paul, in turn, appointed Titus with the authority to appoint elders in Crete (Titus 1:5)… And so on. Only two Church groups have this chain of succession; the Catholic Church and the Orthodox.

        • The key to what Matt 18:20 means has to do with what it means to “gather in [His] name”.. It means his AUTHORITY, not just pronouncing a name (which we mispronounce anyway both with regard to our Lord’s name and the “ineffable name of G_d” in the old covenant) or “believing” in him, which are only secondary. The authority is Apostolic and magesterial and is embodied in the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”.

        • Jesus spoke Arabic, but the Old Testament was written in Hebrew. All the Letters (which are now the Books of the New Testiament) were written in either Hebrew OR Greek. When the Apostles wrote about what Jesus said, they translated His Arabic into either Hebrew or Greek or both, as some words in the Arabic couldn’t be changed into the Greek such as Adelphos, meaning “brother” which also meant cousin or kin.
          It was the Catholic Church that compiled all the Books into the Bible. They were the ones who thought so diligently about the importance of this Book, that it took them over 300 years to compile it. THAT Book that they did Canonize as the TRUE Book of Scripture is still the same one we use today in the Catholic Church. Read the very last line of the Bible, what does it say? Then, think about exactly what Luther did! ONE word, that was all it took, and look at what we have in today’s world of religion? It was Luther who took Books out of your Bible, the very one God Himself said to not change one word! (we still have all the original Books!!) Kristie, do a little more studying on your own. God wants us all under one roof, sitting at one table – at the family banquet! (and when you are reading just the “one-liners” they want you to read, read it – but read the entire Passage, as the Bible was intended to be read. In it’s original form, it wasn’t dissected into Chapter/Verse as it is now, it was to be read from beginning to end of each Book)

        • aramaic and hebrew are much closer (almost identical), than arabic 😀 Thanks for the correction… All the new testament was written in Greek, FYI. It is theorized that matthew MAY have been originally penned in aramaic or hebrew, but this is just theoretical. Also, while we DO have very early manuscripts and manuscript fragments, he DO NOT have any of the originals. However, we have enough different manuscripts, quotes from early fathers, and manuscript fragments to know with great certainty the authenticity of the biblical texts.

          The Protestant old testament is written almost exclusively in Hebrew, except for portions of Daniel starting at a letter from Nebuchanezzar. The Catholic canon contains the fuller list, which includes the texts that were found only in the Greek Septuagint (the bible of the Apostles). Those portions (“additions” to Daniel, and all the other “so-called” apocraphal books) are only in Greek (until more recent finds in the dead sea scrolls).

  3. Sunny; you are welcome… As the other said.. Research on the truth… And thanks You have done that…. That some of our (clergies not all)have failed doesnt mean we should as well leave the Church…. The church has never failed…. Like one said the church is still 100%…. What failed was Human weakness…. The truth of God’s word is Evergreen… One shouldn’t base his/her failure on One another… We are responsible for our actions…. And we are to be Judged Individually…not as a Church…. yet the Church is indespensible for our salvation…. The church is were we recieve our sacraments… iron sharpens Iron by Beehavioural modification…. The list is Endless…. Dear you made a right decision… Kudos

  4. A great answer, a very modern rendering of that great answer as to whether I need the Church and not just my own faith in Jesus can be found in Father Barrons’; Catholicism video series . its amazing and it does amazingly well at showing the value of that faith in our Lord

  5. You meet them where they are at and you ministered to their needs at their level of understanding… very compassionate Father!! God Bless You in all that you do!!

    • Jesus is the universal king,he did to mankind what no other person can ever do by dying on the cross and there he said it is finished. Catholics let no man decieve you,we have the best of faith and that is why the church is universal with a universal king.Jesus I love you do with me whatever you will.

  6. Brilliantly done…..thank you.

    What the original “Why I hate religion” video should have done is draw a distinction made by Gordon Allport over sixty years ago now, but is as old as human behavior itself: the difference between mature and immature religious outlooks. Writing in The Individual and His Religion, Allport points out that three things distinguish someone who is mature in their religious convictions from those who are immature.

    They possess:

    values that transcend infantile desires

    the ability to reflect deeply on one’s own life, seeing it in cosmic perspective (and with a sense of humor)

    a coherent (though in all likelihood, never complete) and unifying religious world view that aids in personal integration

    Arguably Allport’s categories apply imperfectly to Christianity, or to any other religion, for that matter. They are, after all, a modern attempt to identify a phenomenon that has ancient roots that doesn’t yield easily to a one-size-fits-all analysis. But at a minimum, Allport points us to the real problem: It is not religion, but the way in which we appropriate it, that subverts the virtues of the religious life.

    You can call that failure the product of immature religious sensibilities (as Allport does), you can describe it as immaturity pure and simple, or you can describe it as hypocrisy. But it’s simplistic, misleading, and even a bit immature to describe the problem as the difference between religion and Jesus.
    When it surfaces, I don’t like hypocrisy any better than the video’s rapper. I’m an Episcopal priest. I have years’ worth of reasons for wanting to walk out on religion, as does anyone who has ever spent time in the church — any church. But as Karl Rahner points out, “sinners still belong to the church.” To offer the self-righteous criticism that the church fails us masks the fact that we fail Jesus as well.

    One could argue, of course, as the rapper implies, that he doesn’t compound his failure by trying to be religious. The answer to which is, “No, he makes a video trumpeting the presumption that he is too righteous to be religious.” In other words, he does precisely what we cannot do, because none of us can claim to be without sin.

    By all means, we should be critical of the church. That kind of criticism, like the criticism that Jesus offered of the Temple leadership in his own day, is a necessary (though not the only) piece of what it means to listen to God. But we cannot be spiritual alone and, to coin a phrase, no one is a self-righteous island.
    It feels good to visit that place. I’ve always enjoyed trips there. But Allport and Rahner are both right. It’s an immature and spiritually dangerous place to live.

    http://experts.patheos.com/expert/frederickwschmidt/2012/01/14/religion-jesus/

  7. Well done!!! This is just the type message the Church needs to send today!!
    The message is timeless – the method is today. As St. Paul said, “I will be all things to all people that I might win a few.” Rap music, soup kitchens, bag pipes, Gregorian Chant, visible prayer gatherings in public, beautiful paintings and clothing drives,…….like St. Paul , we each, both lay and ordained, must grasp our God given talents and reach out to the unsaved – be all things to those who do not know Christ and his saving grace.

  8. Speaking as a proud ex-catholic, this poem rings false at almost every level. Yes, the Jesus of the Bible did come to bring upon his religion, but who’s to say it is the Catholic Church? When it was said it was one of the greatest sources of relief I laughed at the irony. What organisation has done more damage and scarred the face of the planet more than the Catholic Church? In the entire 1600 years of organised history of the Church from its adoption by Constantine it has brought nothing but misery, ignorance and death to everyone it could touch. Even to this day the damage it is doing far out ways the pitiful charity it does for its size. Just look at the obscene wealth and power of this organisation. Do you really think that was Jesus’ plan? The Church makes it almost impossible for anyone to leave, its a vice on the mind that I’m so glad I’m rid of.
    Tell the people of Africa dying of aids due to Catholic enforced ignorance that the organisation is a source of relief. Tell the homosexuals that are kicked out and persecuted for their nature. Tell the children who have been abused beyond belief. Tell it with a straight face when you explain the tithed tens of billions of dollars in their bank accounts are used for charity. Why this organisation still has authority in the modern world is truly odd.

    • To be Catholic is to be the most persecuted in the world for outside of the Catholic Church those protesting against Catholicism are really the ones Jesus said would be the persecuters Jesus did however say that the world would hate us because of Him. Isn’t that what is being said here? It is. Have a good night and God bless you. come home

    • The Body of Christ is made up of people who commit sins. :-) Even the Pope goes to confession on a weekly basis because he also commits sins.:-) The Catholic Church TEACHES without ERROR. That doesn’t necessarilly mean that it has never made any mistakes, it means that its teaching is perfect not the people that make up Chist’s body however mistakes must be made in order to bring change for the common good.

    • Catholic enforced ignorance spreading AIDS? you mean like telling people to only have sex within the confines of a monagmaous marriage that is exclusive for life?
      Homosexuals kicked out of the Church? No- they are accepted the same as any other non-married single person. They are called to abstinence (just like any single heterosexual). The church acknowledges that many people have such an orientation. They are not rejected. They are simply called to practice their faith and not perform illicit sexual acts.
      Children abused beyond belief? I guess this problem only exists in Catholicism, and not in other churches, schools, homes, and daycares? I agree that is is horrific, but when you consider the numbers of priests, nuns, etc, it really is rediculous to label this as “beyond belief”… How about perfectly believable, and “thank God it is not worse”… Those other places (our public schools, homes, etc) are far worse off than the church. Yes, they can do better and if you really paid attention to this subject lately (without just swallowing media spin), you would see that they are correcting this.
      As far as tithes and what gets spent where; He addressed that perfectly – “[you sound] just like Judas when the perfume was being poured” – Judas said – “Why all this waste? – it should have been spent on the poor!”

  9. That is why I reverted back to Christ’s Church. I have never before then experienced life in it’s fullest living outside of His church, because outside of his church there is no life only llies and false doctrine after false doctrine which brings forth eternal damnation!

  10. Thank you so much for this awesome piece of work. It comes at the right time as the Church led by the Holy Father in his Petrine Authority is praying for the unity of all those who profess Christ. The beauty of our church is immense! How I pray that our beloved brothers in the protesting wing would benefit from the graces in the sacraments especially Confession! I cannot imagine myself without this sacrament! Please let us pray and not critisize them bearing in mind that before our Lord Jesus, we are all sinners! God bless you all! Welcome to the Church of Christ Sunny and there you will encounter Him in His body, blood, soul and divinity every time you attend Holy Mass.. The Sacrifice of the Altar…

  11. Kristie,

    I understand where you’re coming from, but I get the others as well. There were years of corruption in the Church and that is what led to the proliferation of Protestant faiths. On the other hand, I believe the Church learned and grew from that. Yes there are still case by case instances of less than ideal circumstances, and there are some things I don’t like about the politics that go on in the Vatican. Nevertheless, I stay, and remain faithful to attending Mass weekly. I found a parish where I fit in, The main reason I don’t leave, is the Eucharist. We can’t get that anywhere else. I also believe that with the apostolic succession referred to earlier, there is a reason that the Church still stands. All things are possible with God, if he felt the Church was no longer serving His intended purpose he would have struck it down; just like he has allowed corrupt priests be brought out and face justice.

    I recommend you read “My LIfe on the Rock” by Jeff Cavins. He was raised Catholic, left the Church, became a Protestant minister and throughout his studies came to realize that indeed the fullness of truth was within the Catholic church. He left his ministry and was confirmed Catholic. He now travels around offering Bible study sessions and speaks of his experiences. The book really tackles many of the issues that people have with the Church and goes into great detail about what he believed and what he came to understand.

    Yes the Church is flawed, but it is still the one commissioned by Christ. Just like our families may not be perfect, they are still the families we’ve been given.

    Peace.

  12. Dear Kristie,
    If you wish to slap us with your protests then we will turn the other cheek until you are tired but understand that we the Catholics who defend our faith are united here on this site and your protests are heard, responded to but are in vain. You tell Sunny to research options? What options are you talking about? Christ loves his Church like a bride but he was not a polygamist so there can only be ONE Church, the Church which God allowed to exist from the day The Lord gave the keys to Peter. Was it a lie that Jesus said that the gates of hell would not overcome it?why would God allow the church to exist for 1500 allowing all those souls to end up in hell just to let Luther establish the true church? It all rubbish.
    And just on that, you speak of corruption? Well, Peter was given the authority and then he committed the worst kind of corruption by denying Jesus in public. But Jesus shows is that even corrupt people can be turned to truth as The Lord told Peter after His resurrection to “feed my flock”. I mean Paul went from murderer to Saint so the Church has seen corrupt sinners in charge from day one. Let me ask you if you would defect to another country because yours has corrupt politicians??? You’d have nowhere to go because all countries have corrupt politicians. Or would you be like Martin Luther King. Using Kings thinking, would strive to make the Church live by its rules???Yes you’re right we are told when three or more are gathered, that’s true so does that mean because we are told to pray in private in our rooms that Jesus is not present??? understand that everything in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the new. Just like in the days of Moses, when he came down with commandments the Jews had then as we do today, Moses (the majesterium or Pope) the commandments (written Word) and what they did on Passover before it was written (oral traditions). God cannot condone what is not in his order. There are Jews converting to Catholicism after they first going through the Protestant experience. Look it up on YouTube in “Journeys Home: from jew to Protestant to Catholic” a lot of Jews who are coming into the Church say the Catholic Church feels like a Christian Synagogue.
    Sister please stop and come back to us.

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