The Inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

This is an article on the Inquisition by my friend and fellow Marian Catechist Phillip Bellini. As is typical of Phillip's work, this is magnificent! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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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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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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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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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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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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