Responding to Standard Anti-Catholic Nonsense Claims…

by Steve Ray on October 14, 2015

The other day a young woman who has decided to live the life of a Catholic and follow the teaching of the Church was accosted by her family who are very anti-Catholic. They have her a list of questions from a standard “Quick Reference Guide” which you can see on this page. She asked for help in responding.

 My good friend Gary Michuta (www.HandsOnApologetics.com) and an apologist par excellence took the time to answer the questions in a brief and pithy manner.

 GARY STARTS: Here are a few quick  responses to the “Quick Reference Guide” in your pictures. Some are stock objections while others are so weak (and wrong) that I’m surprised to find it in print.

 “1. Catholic Claim: The Pope is the visible head of the Church

 Bible truth: Jesus is the only head of the church, and all Christians are members of his spiritual body (Eph. 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18-24).”

RESPONSE: Before I begin, the author’s claim of the “Bible truth” really means “What truth HE BELIEVES the Bible teaches.” I’m sure that many of his “Bible truths” contradict, not only what Catholics see as “Bible truth” but also self-identified “Bible Christians.”

Of course, Christ is the head of the Church. No problem there. It’s equally biblical that Christ appointed Peter to have a primacy among His Apostles making him the “visible” head of His Church (Matthew 16:18-19, Luke 22:28-32, John 21:15-17).

It’s also interesting that he speaks of Christ’s Church, not as a “body” (which is visible and structured) but a “spiritual body,” which Scripture NEVER calls the Church. The only place I found in Scripture that speaks of a “spiritual body” is 1 Cor. 15:44, where Paul is talking about our resurrected or glorified bodies. So his “Bible truth” is incorrect. Christ’s Church is a body, not a “spiritual” body – that’s unbiblical.

He must say this, however, because if Christ’s Church is a body then it must be visible, identifiable, and have a set structure and if that is true Christ’s Church can only be the Catholic Church. To avoid this uncomfortable conclusion, Protestants turn Christ’s body into a spirit, an invisible collection of like-minded people or the elect.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason October 14, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Hey Steve… Heads up…. First sentence has a typo….. “Follow the teachings” you wrote twice….

Andrea October 14, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Thank you Steve for clearing that up. I hear my protestant family members say they are the spiritual body of Christ all the time and I could never think of how to answer.

Edward A. Hara October 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM

I guess this stuff is never going to go away, is it? After all, these people breed and then teach these same “truths” to their children, who will do the same to their children, who will do the same to their children ….

*sigh*

John G. Boulet, M.D. October 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

“The worst this author can say about Our Lord’s mother is that she might have been “weak in faith,” but even here it is not a slam dunk. First, being weak in faith is necessarily a sin.” I think that you forgot the word “not” in this last sentence… “NOT” necessarily a sin.

Poor Knight October 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM

In the same vein, I got tired of being handed “Rome vs the Bible”… So I created a pamphlet to hand back called “‘Rome vs the Bible’ vs Reality”…. http://fideidefensorgb.blogspot.com/2015/10/rome-vs-bible-vs-reality.html

I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on it.
God Bless,
Poor Knight for Christ and His Church

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