John Meoff wrote:
I am Catholic & am thoroughly familiar with my church's doctrines and the original names of all the popes of my lifetime, from Pius XII to Francis.
My church teaches peace, brotherhood, faith, hope, charity, love, honor, trust, the sanctity of the family & marital fealty. You take exception to those things?
Never said I do. I take exception to much of the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. But then I take exception to the Muslim Faith and the Latter Day Saints and the Atheists faith, as well. Congratulations to you for believing in those things-I would be interested to know if you have ever checked out all the results of the Councils of your church, and the statements made ex cathedra. If you have, then have you compared them to what the Bible says? Just wondering. The Catholic Church teaches that the Bible, Councils and the Ex Cathedra statements as well as the Apochrypha have standing as inspired by God. I have read parts of the Apochrypha, and some parts of Council proceedings particularly of the Council of Trent, and I have studied the Bible for years. Wondering which of these you have studied at length. I have not ever learned the names of all the Popes, though studied the rise of the Papacy as to history, and have some rudimentary knowledge of those that have been major historical figures. The growth of the church, the Reformation, all that is fascinating study-the great Schism, the political influence of the Papacy and the Church all quite exciting, I think.