Catholics, Protestants need to unite as Church
Editor, the Advocate:
Protestants are very good people. They do more evangelizing than Catholics, and many are definitely more lively and dynamic. But the Catholics have the Eucharist. Most Catholics do not really understand the teaching and dogmas of the church well enough to explain church doctrine to other people.
But didn't Christ say: "We should all be one." God clearly wanted unity. How can we become one once more? There are things we agree on. For example, we all agree on the Trinity, the Bible, baptism and lots of other issues.
The Bible has a table of contents called the Canon. The Catholic Church established the Canon at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Protestants use the Catholic Bible and believe in it alone - sola scripture. But the Bible itself says we should believe in the written word, plus tradition and church teaching.
Another issue that divides Protestants and Catholics is Sola Fida - saved by faith alone. But St. James wrote that faith without works is dead.
Before 1930, all churches condemned the pill. Contraceptives cause abortions, take God out of marriage, cause cancer, lead to divorce, promote adultery and fornication and are the major contributors of venereal diseases, according to a study by Christine Durrance, assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 1930, all the churches have approved contraception - all except the Catholic Church.
The devil knows how to divide and conquer. Today's society is a culture of death that hates religion and God. Protestants need to examine doctrine, doctrine and doctrine. Any issue that they question can be logically and completely explained. Be it confession, infant baptism, the Papacy, Mary, Purgatory, The Eucharist, saints, the Inquisition, etc.
Protestants and Catholics need to unite. One has the much needed enthusiasm, and the other has the dogma. United we stand! Bishop Sheen, the dynamic TV personality of the '50s, once said: "Thousands of people hate what they think is the Catholic Church, but only a hundred hate what is actually the Catholic Church."
Wm. Paul Tasin, Victoria