Many people don’t believe that the largest Christian denonimation, namely the Catholic Church, is not, in fact, Christian, because they are either ignorant or bigots. I’ll assume our friend ImNotMad is simply ignorant. None of the things you list are “anti-Christian.” Oh, and you forgot transsubstantiation.
I’m sure some others can put it better than I can, but I can’t stand this kind of crap.
- The infallability of the Pope.
Not sure why the Pope being infallible on issues of Faith would be considered “unChristian.” Every Protestant I’ve ever met believes that they, in fact, are infallible on matters of faith. The Pope represents the concensus of the hierarchy of the Church, being voted by his peers as the one who most represents the ideas of the Church.
- Idol worship (prayer to Mary and the saints).
Catholics ask for Mary and the Saints to pray for them to God. Catholics do not pray to Mary and the Saints. Do you believe in Heaven? You don’t think the saints are there and can hear when you pray to God?
- The purchase of indulgences.
No such thing in this day and age in the church. The only Church that I know of that sells indulgences is the 700 Club.
Went away with Vatican II, but, again, I’m not sure why this is “anti-Christian.”
Point? Catholics believe that God’s grace can be carried through objects (blessed objects, the Host, holy Water etc.). So What? Many Protestants believe that flashy preachers can heal their diseases.
- Pursecution of non-Catholics (in some countries).
And Protestants have never persecuted non-Protestants? I think not.
- Salvation through Catholic membership & rituals, rather than by the grace of God through the death and resurection of Lord Jesus.
Untrue. This is a common mix-up of Causality. The Church teaches that one is, in fact, saved through “the grace of God through the death and resurection of Lord Jesus.” The fact that one is a Catholic and goes through rituals and does good acts are considered as proof of God’s Grace acting through Catholics and as proof of their salvation through Jesus. So, one is not saved through acts, but one who is saved will go to church and go through the rituals and do good deeds. The rituals require sincerity. Just going through the motions doesn’t count.
The fact is that ALL non-Catholic Christians owe their faith to the Catholic Church. They are all descended from Catholicism as much as Christianity owes its existence to Judaism. They simply adjusted their beliefs to weed out what they personally didn’t like about the Church. Remember, Catholicism was basically ALL Christianity until Mr. Luther posted his little sign.