Those who would defend the Catholic Church seem not at all reluctant to crow that, while there are tens of thousands of Protestant denominations, there is but one Catholic Church. As just about anyone who has ever attempted to counter this argument soon learns, it would be easier to teach a duck to talk than to disabuse a Catholic apologist of these fantasies. It does no good to explain that, while indeed there are a number of so-called Protestant denominations, there are not nearly so many as the champions of Catholicism claim. To point out that many of the groups Catholicism identifies as Protestant are not even Christian is a waste of time. And it is useless to inform one's Catholic antagonist that the various Christian denominations may differ in religious practice and theological emphasis, but are in agreement concerning foundational doctrine
If it is difficult to deal with the urban legend of virtually uncountable Protestant denominations, it is next to impossible to crack the façade of monolithic Catholicism. It does no good to point out that what we know as the Catholic Church is actually a group of churches, practicing a variety religious rites.
Though 98% of all Catholics worship according to the Latin Rite, we are assured that all rites are equal in status; that no one rite is superior to any other. Supposedly, they share common foundational beliefs.
Then there are the smaller Catholic groups that seem to be sheltering under the wings of Mother Church, yet are not in fully submitted to the Roman pope.
As I mentioned above, some of the churches gathered under the umbrella of Protestantism cannot be considered Christian; their foundational doctrines and religious practices cannot be supported from the Scriptures. As it turns out, there are a number of religious bodies identifying themselves as Catholic that do not appear to have many doctrines in common with what Catholicism. Examples of these abound and include the Liberal Catholic Church, the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, the Old Roman Catholic Church in North America, the Old Catholic Church – Matthew Succession and the Orthodox Catholic Church in North America.
Now, if the Catholic apologists who so delight in tossing out the thousands and thousands of Protestant churches charge were to apply the same criteria to Catholicism as was applied to Protestantism in developing the information defenders of Romanism so love to misuse, they would discover that Mother Church may be just as fractured as they claim Protestantism to be. The fact of the matter is, I am convinced, that not one Catholic apologist in a hundred has any idea where the numbers he gleefully points to originate. As it turns out, a Christian evangelist/apologist, Eric Svendsen, did the research and not only identifies the source, but presents and explains the data in that source. I encourage all to go to his New Testament Research Ministries web site to read his informative study. The URL is:
One might ask why the Vatican isn't working as hard to bring the "non-Catholic Catholic groups" under her control. Certainly, she is and has been working hard to enclose Muslims, Buddhists and others within her apostate embrace. Rome's efforts to sweet-talk pagans seem to be upsetting to hard-line traditional Catholics, such as those affiliated with the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI). Some years ago, a CMRI bishop wrote a pastoral letter in which he addressed what he clearly saw as inappropriate changes in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. In his letter, the bishop provided an example of how far some Catholic bishops are willing to go to further RCC ecumenical efforts.
In his letter, Bishop Pivarunas also asked a couple of quite provocative questions that, I suspect, would be ignored by Rome and more traditional Catholics:
One might ask how the leadership of a segment of a church that ostentatiously labels itself as Christian could recommend such a prayer to its members. Likely it wasn't difficult at all, given the following teaching in the Catechism:
It is good that Paul, Peter, John and all the Apostles and other early leaders of the Christian Church are in their heavenly abode, for if they were still around to see what has become of the churches they planted in Christ's name, I do not doubt they would weep at the sight.
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