Catechism Quiz for Dr. Kelly Bowring…

According to Catholic teachings, is it possible to remain in Full Communion with the Catholic Faith while at the same time defending the ‘PLAUSIBILITY’ of a Private Revelation which claims that Pope Francis is ‘wicked’ and a ‘false prophet’ as has been alleged by the ‘messages’ of Maria Divine Mercy’s entity?

Back in Catholic elementary school I remember our Religion tests where we would be given a long list of questions to memorize about basic Catholic teachings.  I wonder if theologian Dr. Kelly Bowring still remembers the answers to these quiz questions regarding the Marks and Attributes of our Church…

(in light of his recent comments regarding Maria Divine Mercy and other unapproved private revelations)

Let’s explore what the Catholic Church teaches on this subject based on the old reliable Baltimore Catechism

1. Which is the one true Church established by Christ?

The one true Church established by Christ is the Catholic Church.

2. How do we know that the Catholic Church is the one true Church established by Christ?

We know that the Catholic Church is the one true Church established by Christ because it alone has the marks of the true Church.

3. What are the chief marks of the Church?

The chief marks of the Church are four: It is One, Holy, Catholic or universal, and Apostolic.

4. Why is the Catholic Church one?

The Catholic Church is one because all its members, according to the will of Christ, profess the same faith, have the same sacrifice and sacraments, and are united under one and the same visible head, the Pope.

In this way, the Catholic Church possesses the mark of Unity.  Other sects and cults are separated from the unity of Christ by their rejection of the authority invested by Him in the Roman Pontiff, the successor to Saint Peter.

Any person who deliberately denies even one of the doctrines of the Church cannot be a Catholic. The Church is one in faith.

Also it is the Church that has the authority to determine points of worship in non-essential matters (such as approval of new Sacramentals like Holy medals or ‘cough cough’ … seals).

Catholics are subject to the authority of their bishops who rule them and they are obliged to recognize the supreme authority of the Pope in matters of religion. Any person who deliberately refuses to accept the legitimate and supreme authority of the Pope and the bishops in matters of religion cannot be a Catholic.

5. Why is the Catholic Church holy?

The Catholic Church is holy because it was founded by Jesus Christ, who is all-holy, and because it teaches, according to the will of Christ…

6. Why is the Catholic Church catholic or universal?

The Catholic Church is catholic or universal because, destined to last for all time, it never fails to fulfill the divine commandment to teach all nations all the truths revealed by God.

Catholicity is a mark of the Church because Christ commissioned His apostles to go forth and make disciples of all nations, and to teach all that He had commanded. Christ further promised to be with them all days, even to the end of time.  Jesus appointed his Apostles and their successor Bishops and the Pope to be our teachers.

The Church today teaches the same doctrine it received from Christ. It has existed uninterruptedly since the day it was established down to the present time.

Other Christian sects which began later have made changes in the doctrines of Christ without any divine authorization.

7. Why is the Catholic Church apostolic?

The Catholic Church is apostolic because it was founded by Christ on the apostles and, according to His divine will, has always been governed by their lawful successors.

The true Church is apostolic because it is the Church Christ founded upon the Apostles, and especially upon Peter whom He called the Rock on which the Church would be built. The supreme power of Saint Peter in the Church has been passed down through the unbroken line of his successors in the See of Rome.

8. How do we know that no other church but the Catholic Church is the true Church of Christ?

We know that no other church but the Catholic Church is the true Church of Christ because no other church has these four marks.

All other churches lack essential unity. They recognize no authority in religious matters vested in an individual who is the vicar of Christ.  They are not guided by objective Truths given to the world by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

No other Christian sect can trace its origin to the Apostles.

The Greek Orthodox or Schismatic Church began in the ninth century with its rejection of the authority of the Pope.  The Protestant churches began in the sixteenth century when their founders, rejecting certain doctrines of faith, broke away from Catholic unity.

9. What are the chief attributes of the Catholic Church?

The chief attributes of the Catholic Church are authority, infallibility, and indefectibility. They are called attributes because they are qualities perfecting the nature of the Church.

10. What is meant by the authority of the Catholic Church?

By the authority of the Catholic Church is meant that the Pope and the bishops, as the lawful successors of the apostles, have power from Christ Himself to teach, to sanctify, and to govern the faithful in spiritual matters.

Christ Himself gave this authority to Saint Peter and the other apostles when He bestowed the power of binding and loosing, of teaching and baptizing. He implicitly guaranteed the same power to the successors of the Apostles when He promised to be with them all days, even to the consummation of the world.

11. What is meant by the infallibility of the Catholic Church? 

By the infallibility of the Catholic Church is meant that the Church, by the special assistance of the Holy Ghost, cannot err when it teaches or believes a doctrine of faith or morals.

It is unthinkable that an institution established by God for the salvation of souls could lead men into error and turn them away from God. If the Church could and did err in matters of faith or morals it would not be a true teacher; it would fail in its ministry of sanctification and would not lead men to salvation but would be responsible for their condemnation.

The Church cannot change its defined teachings on faith and morals though it may restate them more clearly and more completely.

We know that the Church is infallible in matters of faith or morals because Christ promised that He would be with the apostles and their successors in their work of teaching until the end of time. It would be impossible for Christ to be with the official teachers of the Church and permit them to teach error.

12. When does the Church teach infallibly? 

The Church teaches infallibly when it defines, through the Pope alone, as the teacher of all Christians, or through the Pope and the bishops, a doctrine of faith or morals to be held by all the faithful.

The Pope can teach without speaking infallibly.

Catholics must accept such teachings, not on faith, but in obedience to the authority of the Pope and in respect for his wisdom.

13. What is meant by the indefectibility of the Catholic Church? 

By the indefectibility of the Catholic Church is meant that the Church, as Christ founded it, will last until the end of time.

This indefectibility of the Church is in conformity with the will of Christ, who promised to be with His Church until the end of time.

14. Are all obliged to belong to the Catholic Church in order to be saved? 

All are obliged to belong to the Catholic Church in order to be saved.

No one can be saved without sanctifying grace, and the Catholic Church alone is the divinely established means by which grace is brought to the world and the full fruits of Our Lord’s Redemption are applied to men.

15. Can they be saved who remain outside the Catholic Church because they do not know it is the true Church?

Those who are outside the Church through no fault of their own are not culpable in the sight of God because of their invincible ignorance, but we as Faithful Catholics have the duty and obligation of charity to do all we can to lead others to salvation.

Dr. Bowring, you are in an influencial position as a respected Catholic theologian and many people look to you when discerning the authenticity and Catholicity of purported private revelations.  While the Bishop is the final authority in determining Church position on such matters, it is certainly within your obligation of catechesis and charity to warn the Faithful of the Doctrinal contradictions of a private revelation which claims that the Pope is a false prophet and denies the basic premises of the authority and indefectibility of our One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church guided by our bishops and led by the successor of St. Peter and Vicar of Christ Pope Francis. I would hope you would use your position to speak out against the heresies of the Maria Divine Mercy Cult and also that you would consider a strongly worded retraction of any statements you have made in the past which could lend any semblance of credibility or plausibility to the schism being instigated by the MDM Cult.  

It is impossible to say that one is supporting the Pope while at the same time defending the plausibility of a cult which denies and mocks Papal authority and the indefectibility of our Church.  To do so puts one outside of Unity and Communion with the Catholic Faith.  It is a grave sin to even give the appearance of support for heresy.

Defend Pope Francis !

 

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Posted on December 4, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Excellent article! I love your blog 🙂

  2. “He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his Mother.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, 251, “On the Unity of the Church”

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    • That particular article was written mostly with information from EWTN and the Baltimore Catechism. It is my personal blog as I saw that many persons were falling away from their Faith due to the false prophesies and heresies of Mary Carberry (MDM). My goal with my blog is saving souls only and it is not a paid site of any sort. I just feel it is my duty as a Faithful Catholic to speak out in defense of Pope Francis and our One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Thank you for your nice note.

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