“We need more than “conscience” and “plain reason” to fully and accurately understand the Bible”’ claimed a Cedar Park, Texas, Catholic priest in a local newspaper opinion article published today, May 25th, 2017.
It was the first hit piece I’ve seen directed at the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s defiance of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). In the article he tells of the falling out between Luther and a like minded associate which in this priest’s opinion demonstrates that without the Catholic Church alone interpreting Scripture nothing but calamity results.
My question is how or why does the Roman Catholic Church think God failed in inspiring the Holy Scriptures to be understandable to the common man? Where does such arrogance and elitism come from? Has any priest broke the bad news to God?
Of course now days that elitist attitude isn’t backed up with the torturing, maiming, and killing that for centuries the RCC used to kept the masses compliant, ignorant and bible-less. Why rather recently parishioners have actually been allowed to read the Holy Bible for themselves! ‘Course whatever opinions one may come to after words had better line up with official Church interpretation!
Men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and John Huss, known as Protestants, came along 500 to 600 years ago. They put their lives and fortunes in jeopardy just by having the opinions that much of the Catholic belief system had no biblical basis for it! Take any issue: The Apostle Peter supposedly appointed to be the first pope; the doctrine of purgatory; indulgences; penances; the priesthood, all are an abomination in God’s eyes and no where to be found in Scripture. Go ahead look for yourself!
You Catholics stop reading the Baltimore Catechism, the Ex Cathedra pronouncements, canons and decrees and Denzinger’s “The Sources of Catholic Dogma”! Read the Holy Bible by itself for yourself and see if what you’re a part of lines up with Scripture!
I think if they were alive today, Wycliffe, Luther and Huss would agree with Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel accounts reveal the undeniable fact that He despised the Pharisees of THAT day. It too was an elitist organization with an attitude that it and only it could interpret the Scriptures. It burdened the common man with onerous rituals and traditions all meant to benefit itself materialistically and put distance between people and God. But God is and was watching and waiting for each of these instigators over the centuries to appear for their appointed time to kneel before Him and his white hot anger! It wasn’t and won’t be pretty.