Doesn't the Bible require faith and repentance for baptism? How can babies be baptized?

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Space does not permit the extensive answer this question deserves, so I recommend that readers obtain a copy of Karl Keating's book Catholicism and Fundamentalism, in which Mr. Keating devotes an entire chapter to this question. Still, I'll attempt an adequate defense of the Church's teaching on the subject of infant baptism.

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Why do you Catholics arrogantly claim your pope and Church are infallible?

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Truth is humility, not arrogance, and the infallibility of the Church is truth. But before addressing this question, let's first define what infallibility is not.

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Charge: The Catholic Church forbids Catholics to read the Bible.

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This is one of the more absurd charges made against the Church. Catholics are strongly encouraged to read the Bible. Such has always been the Church's stand.

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Isn't the Bible the sole rule of faith?

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This is yet another heresy from the Protestant Revolt called sola scriptura (scripture alone). It was condemned by the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the ecumenical council called to refute the errors of Martin Luther.

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Isn't one Christian religion as good as another?

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Such a notion is offensive to scripture, history, and reason. This idea is a heresy, called indifferentism by the Church.

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Can we be saved by faith alone?

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No, we cannot be saved by faith alone. This is a heresy begun by Martin Luther in the year 1517.

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Does the Catholic Church have the authority to make laws and precepts?

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Yes, the Church does have the authority to make laws and precepts, an authority granted by Christ Himself.

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Does the 1st commandment allow us to make use of statues and images?

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Yes, provided they do not become objects of false worship. God forbade the Jews to make graven images because they lived among pagans, and that influence made them inclined to worship images.

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Why do Catholics call the priest "Father" when Jesus commanded us not to call anyone Father, except God in heaven?

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The implied objection in question refers to what Christ said in Matthew 23:9:

"And call no man father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven."

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Isn't the Sacrament of Penance (confession) just an invention of the Church?

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No. That the Sacrament of Penance was instituted by Christ can be proven in the Bible.

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Didn't you Catholics invent transubstantiation in the 13th century?

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This is a false charge levied against the Church that finds its origin in a book by Loraine Boettner called Roman Catholicism. This book is often referred to as the "anti-Catholic bible."

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Why do Catholics believe they recieve the living Christ in Communion?

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We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist because He promised to give us His Flesh as food and His Blood as drink. In order to see this we must turn to the sixth chapter of St. John's Gospel.

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Should infants be baptized?

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The early Christian Fathers are unanimous in insisting upon infant baptism, basing it on the universal command of Christ to baptize all (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; John 3:5), and on its divine power to cleanse original sin from the soul.

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What is purgatory?

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"All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030-1031). It is in purgatory that the last vestiges of love of self are transformed into love for God.

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How can we know that the Catholic Church is the one founded by Christ?

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We can know that the Catholic church is the one founded by Christ because it is the only one with all the characteristics (marks) that Jesus gave to His Church; that is, He made it one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

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Why is the Church called the Mystical Body of Christ?

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St. Paul refers to the Church as the body of Christ repeatedly (cf. I Corinthians 12:12), but in order to understand why he does so, as well as its significance, we need to focus on Paul's conversion (Acts 9:1-6).

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When did the Church become known as Catholic?

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Although the name Catholic is not applied to the Church in the Bible, Christ and the apostles had the concept of catholic in mind, as catholic comes from a Greek word meaning universal. The Catholic Church is certainly universal; that is, for all people.

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Is there any biblical evidence that Jesus made St. Peter the first pope?

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Yes, the biblical evidence is overwhelming! Following the logical presentation of Karl Keating in his classical work Catholicism and Fundamentalism (Ignatius Press, 1988), we find the evidence to be irrefutable.

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What does "He descended into hell" mean?

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When we say that Jesus descended into hell we mean that after His death on the cross, while His body remained in the tomb, Jesus' soul descended "into the lower parts of the earth." Since the gates of heaven were closed with Adam's original sin, and could not be reopened until the Redemption, the patriarchs and other just of the Old Testament (i.e., all people since Adam) who were not condemned to the hell of eternal punishment were sent to the so-called vestibule of hell, what Catholic Tradition calls the Limbo of the Fathers.

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Why is Mary the Mother of the Church?

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The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ; we are its members, and He is its head (cf. Romans 12:4; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). By the mere fact that the Church is a living, breathing divine organism, and that a mother cannot give birth to a head without giving birth to the whole body, Mary is the Mother of the Church.

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Why is Mary the Mother of God?

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The Bible plainly declares in many passages that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God.

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If Mary was perpetually a virgin, why is it that the Bible speaks of the "brethren of the Lord"?

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The word "brother" in itself proves nothing.

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Was there any human person ever preserved from original sin?

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Yes, the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception in view of the merits of Jesus Christ. This privilege is called the Immaculate Conception.

Let me explain it.

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How do we know God exists?

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There are several ways by which we know that God exists… and we can prove it. Of course, for those who already believe, and for whom no explanation is necessary, we can know God exists because He has revealed Himself to us (Hebrews 1:1-2).

But what of proofs for His existence? Well…

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What is Truth?

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What Is Truth was a #3 song for the late Johnny Cash (RIP) in 1970. Even though I was just an adolescent (and this really tells my age), I knew he borrowed the title from a line out of the Gospel of St. John. This famous question came from an exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate at Jesus’ judgment.

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