Many modern people have the notion that the principal mission of the Catholic Church is to impose belief on unbelievers. The reality is that most of its time is spent trying to restrain belief in everything from spoon-bending to the aliens who allegedly speak to us through a cat in Poughkeepsie.

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For instance, after five centuries of being told by Protestant polemicists that we “Romanists” do not trust the saving grace of Jesus Christ and ignorantly seek salvation by the works of the law, it is a weird thing for a Catholic to see the spectacle of kooky apocalyptic Protestants eagerly excited about the birth of red heifers because this will (they hope) be the prelude to rebuilding the Temple of Solomon and the re-institution of the Mosaic sacrificial system. Just how that Temple will be rebuilt when the Dome of the Rock is situated on the site of the Temple is not quite as clearly worked out.

Various forms of Protestantism attempts to deny real biblical truths such as the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and infant baptism, while at the same time, they invent their own “biblical truths” and impose them on their congregation through their charismatic preachers who are apparently more infallible than the Pope can ever imagine himself to be.

- the full article here

How do Protestants teach the truth without a magisterium?

Without a magisterium, that is, a teaching body of the Church, how do Protestants distinguish between what is truth and what is deception? They have no way to tell whether what one pastor says is truth or his own theories. At least in the Catholic Church, Catholics are able to tell when a priest’s teaching goes rogue by checking it against the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) produced by the magisterium.

You got a question about the place of Mary, the mother of God, in the mystery of the Church, you can refer to the CCC. You wonder why Catholics confess their sins to a priest, you can refer to the CCC. You curious about under what specific conditions the Pope is infallible, you can check the CCC. What’s more, the CCC draws not only from scripture, but from the writings of the early Church fathers, who lived so much closer to the time of Jesus than we do today.

Protestantism gets a lot of its teachings from the Catholic Church, while modifying some, including modifying the contents of the Bible, but thankfully, there is still some similarities in our belief in Jesus Christ. If I have to point out a difference between Catholicism and Protestantism, it would have to be this:

Catholics who do not know their Christian faith leave the Catholic Church to join Protestant churches, whereas Protestants who know their Christian faith well leave their church to join the Catholic Church.

One well-known recent return into the Catholic Church is Dr. Francis Beckwith, who was president of the Evangelical Theological Society, an association of 4,300 Protestant theologians. Above is the link to his blog, and here is the link to a news article on his return to the Catholic Church.

On the final comment on his blog, he points to an interesting article, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church, which hopefully settles the question of justification by faith alone or faith and works.

This post has been made as an addition to my comment in another post.

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