Did the Catholic Church Change The Ten Commandments? Catholic Answers

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Many Protestants and quasi-Christian denominations believe that the Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments in order to try to “justify” certain Catholic practices (praying to Mary and the Saints, having religious statues and other art, percieved idolatry etc.). However, a close look at the differences between the two lists of commandments and the reasons they exist will reveal this perception as being false.

Basically, the Protestant version of the commandments splits the First Commandment into two separate commandments. In doing so, in order to keep the number of commandments at ten, they are forced to combine the Ninth and Tenth commandments into one, resulting in the reduction of the status of your “neighbor’s wife” to that of your “neighbor’s property.”  I’m pretty sure that God didn’t intend for that to be the case…

Despite appearances, we know Exodus 20 is not a prohibition against making “any likeness of anything” in a strict sense because we clearly see God either commanding or praising the making of images and statues in multiple biblical texts (see Exodus 25:18; Numbers 21:8-9; I Kings 6:23-28, 9:3). Just five chapters after this so-called prohibition against statues, for example, God commands Moses to make statues representing two angels to be placed over the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant:

And you shall make two cherubim of gold… The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another…. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark… There I will meet with you (Ex. 25:18-22).

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Knights of Columbus launch novena for peace in response to US shootings

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We are all saddened by the violence and racial tension that has come come
about in our nation. We can point fingers, make accusations and, generally,
be angry over what is going on. (And I feel that righteous anger is
justified.)

However, we also need to take positive steps toward peaceful solutions. The
Knights of Columbus has announced a national Novena to take place between
July 14 and July 22 and I would encourage each of us to participate.

Please click the link below to learn more about it.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/knights-of-columbus-launch-novena-for-peace-in-response-to-us-shootings-51153/

St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

An Excellent Tour of The Catechism of The Catholic Church

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New page on the site.

This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.

Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.

If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!

For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.

http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#prologue

BK

Same-sex marriage and the fascinating “empty set problem”

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… well, I find it fascinating! Not sure if anybody else will. lol

People who argue for same-sex marriage often, if not always, rely on what I call “the infertility argument.” This argument posits that because some opposite sex married couples do not bear children, this means that marriage is not procreative. This becomes the door, so to speak, that people use to justify same-sex marriage.

empty setThe argument has a really fascinating problem, one that is little-known. In fact, I’ve never seen it addressed so I think I am the first person to identify it. I call it, “the empty set problem.” The argument depends on a definite set of infertile opposite sex couples, but I will show how it is not possible to identify the actual members of the set. That is why I say it is an empty set. Let me be clear: the set of permanently infertile opposite sex…

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Jehova’s Witness Roundtable – The Journey Home

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In this special Jehovah’s Witness Roundtable episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses, with two former Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dr. Jeff Schwehm and John Davis, as well as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, the unique doctrines of this group and how Catholic Christians can respond to them in truth and love.

 

Why Do We Celebrate The Birthday of John The Baptist?

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Most saints days are celebrated on the date of their death. Not so with John The Baptist – we celebrate his birthday.

The only other birthdays we celebrate are those of Jesus and Mary. 

So why do we celebrate John’s birthday? I’ll let Dr. Italy explain it…

https://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/media/podcasts/birth-baptist-johns-birthday/

Divine Mercy For The Dying – The Power Of The Rosary

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Divine Mercy for the Dying

The mission of the DMD’s (Divine Mercy for the Dying) is the conversion of the whole world especially those who are Dying.  The moment of death is the most critical moment in a person’s life.  This is where the final decision of a person is made to either love God forever or not.  Our Goal is to give the dying as much grace as possible through our members praying the Chaplet everyday for them and each other.   

 

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Patty Bonds: Baptist Who Became Catholic – The Journey Home Program

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Patty was born and raised in a staunchly Baptist family. Her father was the pastor. When she was six years old she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. She continued to follow the Lord throughout her life coming into an even deeper relationship with God in the mid-90’s, when he called her to forgive those who had hurt her. Her Baptist congregation was a very narrow Calvinist group, believing that they were the chosen remnant. She was taught that the Catholic Church was the Whore of Babylon and the Pope would be the Antichrist. Her journey to the Catholic Church began through Patty’s and her daughter’s rediscovery of their Irish and Scottish heritage. Reading the “Confessions of St. Patrick” opened her eyes to the fact that Catholics could be Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ. She discovered, upon reading what the Church actually taught, that she had been brought up with a false and distorted view of the Catholic Church. Patty is the sister of a well-known anti-Catholic apologist.

 

How Not To Respond To A Comment Or Post On This Page

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While I certainly welcome comments from anyone who wants to say their piece, I request that any dissenting remarks be made with something other than a Jack Chickian or Loraine Boettnerian method of logic and evidence supporting the views of the person submitting them.

Normally, I would simply moderate these comments out of existence. However, I have decided to share an example of what doesn’t work here, just so you have an opportunity to know where not to go in the future. 

I have taken out the identity of the author of the responding comment, as well as the identity of the author of the original comment (and its content).

I have also decided that I will hold my own comments to short requests for evidence backing up the commenter’s statements.

:-)

In reply to (Original Commenter’s Name Here).

They are NOT one and the same at all.
I am Christian, and I do not follow catholic dogmas, as they are of the devil and Satan.

BK: Evidence, please

For a catholic to say they are Christian is totally offensive, and an outright lie.

BK: Evidence, please

How can you say you are Christian, when you are a member of an abusive,ungodly ,blasphemous, Mithraistic,Babylonian Cult ??

BK: Evidence, please

There is so much about catholicism that is not biblical, that it really should be referred to as satanism..

BK: Evidence, please

The two commenters above, really need to get themselves
a ‘ Reality check ‘ !!

BK: Evidence, please

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