I am a Catholic.
AM A CATHOLIC . . .
the founder of the Catholic Church is the God-Man
Jesus Christ, Who was foretold by the prophets,
and Who proved the divine character of His mission
and teaching by wonderful miracles, especially
by His Own Glorious Resurrection from the dead.
Christ established upon Peter and the Apostles
The Church, His Church: One, Holy, Universal, and Apostolic,
with which He declared He would remain all days
to the consummation of the world, and against
which the gates of Hell would not prevail. (Foretold in Isaiah
22:15-25; See Matthew 16:13-19)
Christ gave this society certain well-defined
doctrines which all men everywhere must believe
under pain of damnation, [CCC 846|In Context] to
which they may not:
- add to, or from which they may
- subtract from.
Christ the Author of All Holiness, promised to
guard this society from error and preserve it
until the end of time.
the Catholic Church possesses all marks of this
Church established by Christ:
Catholic Church is ONE because
she everywhere professes the same faith,
has the same sacrifice and sacraments,
and is governed by one and the same visible
head, the Pope. All non-Catholic sects
lack unity. Because of the principles of
private judgment they are conditionally
splitting and subdividing. They have no
central authority to hold them together.
Their doctrines and practices are changing
from day to day.
Catholic Church is HOLY because
its Founder, Jesus Christ, is all-holy;
because it doctrines are holy; because
its means of sanctification, the sacraments,
are holy; because it produces holy, saintly
men and women.
Catholic Church is UNIVERSAL because
it subsist throughout the ages, teaches
all nations, and maintains all the truths
given to it by Christ. The sects are not
spread over the whole world but rather
localized, nor do they teach everything
that Our Lord taught the Apostles.
Catholic Church is APOSTOLIC because
it was founded on Christ's Apostles, because
it is governed by their doctrines through
their lawful successors, and because it
never ceases to teach their doctrine. The
sects cannot trace their origin to Christ
or to the Apostles. [CCC 857|In Context]
- Finally, I
am a Catholic Christian because God Who is Supreme
Truth and Holiness could not possibly be the
Author of the countless sects with their mutually
destructive and contradictory teachings and practices [CCC 855|In Context]
- The Catholic Layman's Guide' A Brief
outline of what he should know and do
The copyright on the booklet is 1942. At that time
Pius XII was the Pope. I wanted to share this because
I believe is it a good refresher for practicing Catholics
and may be of interest to non-Catholic's or curious