Thursday, February 28, 2013

If this is the One True Church®, I'd hate to see a false church

Once again, this makes me ask, how does a Catholic know he’s not a member of a cult? Is there anything that would falsify the claims of Rome? Is there anything that would cause him to lose faith in the claims of Rome?

Perhaps a Catholic would say that if the church of Rome taught heresy or immorality, that would falsify its claims.

Of course, even that leaves an escape clause, for it would depend on how formally Roman Church taught heresy or immorality.

Moreover, the verdict is ultimately circular. What is a Catholic’s frame of reference for distinguishing between orthodoxy and heresy? Well, he looks to Rome for guidance. He has no independent standard. Orthodoxy is whatever Rome says is orthodox. Morality is whatever Rome says is moral.

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