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Hav­ing recently pub­lished our mis­con­cep­tions list about Islam, I prom­ised a com­men­ter that I would also pub­lish a list of mis­con­cep­tions about the Cath­olic Church – of which there are mil­lions. With this list I am hon­or­ing that prom­ise. I have taken ten of the most believed or writ­ten about mis­con­cep­tions about Cath­ol­ics or the Church and debunked them (with evid­ence wherever pos­sible). I cer­tainly hope that you all find it inter­est­ing and read­able. 10
Dis­cour­age Bib­le Read­ing
Vk805Mis­con­cep­tion: The Church dis­cour­ages Bib­le read­ingThe very first Chris­ti­an Bib­le was pro­duced by the Cath­olic Church – com­piled by Cath­olic schol­ars of the 2nd and 3rd cen­tury and approved for gen­er­al Chris­ti­an use by the Cath­olic Coun­cils of Hip­po (393) and Carthage (397). The very first prin­ted Bib­le was pro­duced under the aus­pices of the Cath­olic Church – prin­ted by the Cath­olic invent­or of the print­ing press, Johan­nes Guten­berg. And the very first Bib­le with chapters and numbered verses was pro­duced by the Cath­olic Church – the work of Steph­en Lang­ton, Car­din­al Arch­bish­op of Canterbury.At every Mass in the world every­day, the Bib­le is read aloud by the priest. In the tra­di­tion­al Mass there is one read­ing from the gen­er­al body of the Bib­le (exclud­ing the gos­pels), and two from the Gos­pels. In the mod­ern Cath­olic Mass, there are two read­ings from the gen­er­al body of the Bib­le and one from the Gos­pels. All Cath­olic homes have a Bib­le and the Bib­le is taught in Cath­olic schools (as is its per­en­ni­al tra­di­tion). This myth has come about because Bib­les were often locked away in Churches in the past, but that was not to pre­vent people hav­ing access – it was to pre­vent them being stolen. These were hand writ­ten Bib­les which were incred­ibly valu­able due to scarcity. Fur­ther­more, people think the Church for­bade people from read­ing the Bib­le by put­ting it on the Index of For­bid­den Books, but the Bib­les placed on the Index were Prot­est­ant ver­sions (lack­ing 7 books) or badly trans­lated ver­sions – the most fam­ous of which is the King James Ver­sion which Cath­ol­ics are not sup­posed to use.

Jsc-Stat13-LMis­con­cep­tion: Cath­ol­ics wor­ship Mary and are, there­fore, com­mit­ting idol­atry­In Cath­olic theo­logy there are three types of wor­ship – one of which is con­demned in the Bib­le if offered to any­one but God:1) Lat­ria – this is ador­a­tion which is given to God alone – giv­ing this type of wor­ship to any­one else is con­sidered to be a mor­tal sin and it is the idol­atry con­demned in the Bible.2) Hyper­dulia – this is a spe­cial type of wor­ship given to Mary the Mother of Jesus – it is only given to her and it is not con­sidered to be idol­at­ory as it is not ador­a­tion, merely reverence.3) Dulia – this is the spe­cial type of wor­ship given only to the saints and angels – it is also not idol­at­rous as it, too, is a form of reverence.The dis­tinc­tion was made by the 2nd Coun­cil of Nicaea in 787 AD. The coun­cil was called to con­demn the people who claimed that it was idol­at­rous to have statues and images of saints. The can­ons of the Coun­cil can be read here.Just to cla­ri­fy: Lat­ria is a Lat­in term (from the Greek ???????) used in Ortho­dox and Cath­olic theo­logy to mean ador­a­tion, which is the highest form of wor­ship or rev­er­ence and is dir­ec­ted only to the Holy Trin­ity.” – there are lower forms of wor­ship (as is implied here). A Cath­olic who may kneel in front of a statue while pray­ing isn’t wor­ship­ping the statue or even pray­ing to it, any more than the Prot­est­ant who kneels with a Bib­le in his hands when pray­ing is wor­ship­ping the Bib­le or pray­ing to it. The images of saints (wheth­er it be in statue form or paint­ing) serves as a remind­er of the holi­ness of the per­son depic­ted. 8
02064 Early Church Fath­er­sjp­g­Mis­con­cep­tion: Cath­ol­ics aren’t Chris­ti­ansIn fact, Cath­ol­ics are the first Chris­ti­ans. When read­ing over the early Chris­ti­an writ­ings, you can see clearly that their doc­trines and teach­ings are the same as the Cath­olic Church today. You hear of Bish­ops, vir­gins liv­ing in com­munity (nuns), priests, con­fes­sion, bap­tism of infants, the Bish­op of Rome as head of the Chris­ti­an reli­gion, and rev­er­ence for the saints. Here are some com­ments by the early Church fath­ers who were, in many cases, the apostles of the Bib­lic­al apostles:
Bish­ops: For it will be no light sin for us, if we thrust out those who have offered the gifts of the bishop’s office unblam­ably and holily. — Pope St Clem­ent, Let­ter to the Cor­inthi­ans 1, A.D. 96.
The Papacy: “[From] Igna­tius … to the church also which holds the pres­id­ency, in the loc­a­tion of the coun­try of the Romans, worthy of God, worthy of hon­or, worthy of bless­ing, worthy of praise, worthy of suc­cess, worthy of sanc­ti­fic­a­tion, and, because you hold the pres­id­ency in love, named after Christ and named after the Father” (St Igna­tius, Let­ter to the Romans 1:1 [A.D. 110]).
Holy Com­mu­nion: This food we call the Euchar­ist, of which no one is allowed to par­take except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the wash­ing for for­give­ness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as com­mon bread or com­mon drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarn­ate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our sal­va­tion, so also we have been taught that the food con­sec­rated by the Word of pray­er which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nour­ished by trans­form­a­tion, is the flesh and blood of that incarn­ate Jesus.” — St. Justin Mar­tyr, First Apo­logy”, A.D. 148 – 155.
Infant Bap­tism: Bap­tize first the chil­dren, and if they can speak for them­selves let them do so. Oth­er­wise, let their par­ents or oth­er rel­at­ives speak for them” (St Hip­poly­tus, The Apostolic Tra­di­tion 21:16 [A.D. 215]).
Con­fes­sion: “[A fili­al meth­od of for­give­ness], albeit hard and labor­i­ous [is] the remis­sion of sins through pen­ance, when the sin­ner … does not shrink from declar­ing his sin to a priest of the Lord and from seek­ing medi­cine, after the man­ner of him who say, I said, to the Lord, I will accuse myself of my iniquity.” ” (Ori­gen, Hom­il­ies in Levit­i­c­us 2:4 — A.D. 248)
From these quotes it is obvi­ous that the prac­tices of the mod­ern Cath­olic Church are the closest to the prac­tices of the apostles and early Chris­ti­ans. It should also be said that the major­ity of his­tor­i­ans accept that the Cath­olic Church was the first Chris­ti­an Church as it is veri­fi­able from ancient texts.