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Why are there over 33,000+ different Protestant Churches in the USA and only ONE Catholic Church ?


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Initial post: Mar 28, 2012 3:46:21 AM PDT
We see new Protestant Churches (non-denominational and denominational) popping up on a regular basis -- why ??? Can someone explain ??? Is there new revealation I am un aware of ???

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:37:21 AM PDT
BV says:
There is a downside -

From a recent news story:
"Benedict visited the statue in a sanctuary near the eastern city of Santiago on Tuesday morning and prayed to her for greater freedom and renewal for all Cubans."

When the leader of the "one church" gets it wrong (in this case, publicly worshipping someone/something other than God), MILLIONS get it wrong!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:45:56 AM PDT
anne says:
There may be just one Catholic church in the U.S., but there are several in the world. And apparently none of any of the popes of them talk to each other.

At least the leaders of the thousands of protestant churches talk to each other.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:59:09 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:00:08 AM PDT
Hi BV, do you know where I can read that article from that recent news story?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:11:38 AM PDT
B. Josephson says:
Let me guess, you are Roman Catholic.

Best Wishes,
Shaamba Kaambwaat

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:18:07 AM PDT
BV -- gets it wrong (in this case, publicly worshipping someone/something other than God), -- where do you get this statement from ??? Your private opinion....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:19:28 AM PDT
Who is the Harlot ??? From where do you get this statement ???

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:23:43 AM PDT
The last time I checked there is only one POPE ... there may be OTHER Patriarchs ... that lead "other" schism divisions of orthodox christianity. "At least the leaders of the thousands of protestant churches talk to each other". -- what an arrogant statement ... how does the Churches (non-denominational and denominational) over 33,000 and expanding daily communicate with one another when they disagree with one another.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:25:12 AM PDT
anne says:
Justin: <We see new Protestant Churches (non-denominational and denominational) popping up on a regular basis -- why ??? Can someone explain ??? Is there new revealation I am un aware of ??? >

Alexander: <The harlot has many daughters>

<Who is the Harlot ??? >

anne: She's not a specific person. I think he's referring to equating the Catholic Church to a prostitute.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:27:52 AM PDT
Ambulocetus says:
Catholics respect tradition and ecclesiastical authority. The downside of this is the abuses often committed by said authorities, from the Inquisition on down to the international child sex-abuse scandals of recent decades.

Protestants, especially Fundamentalists, have very little patience for tradition and ecclesiastical authority, and instead feel that the individual believer should deal directly with God, with scripture, and so on. The downside of THIS approach is excruciatingly stupid ways of interpreting scripture which even St. Augustine knew were inadequate, as well as a pronounced tendency toward schism.

You pays your penny and you takes your ride.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:28:26 AM PDT
Where does this come from --- "equating the Catholic Church to a prostitute"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:29:00 AM PDT
anne says:
Justin: <The last time I checked there is only one POPE ... there may be OTHER Patriarchs >

anne: Nope. That's what I thought, too, until I read an article about the Egyptian Pope. He's called Pope by all the christians in Egypt, most of whom speak English. So it's not like they're calling him the Egyptian word for pope; they're actually saying Pope, as in the leader of the christian church. And apparently the Pope in Italy and the Pope in Egypt never talk.

I've also learned that there are even more popes on earth than just those two.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:30:16 AM PDT
B. Josephson says:
Justin: The last time I checked there is only one POPE ... there may be OTHER Patriarchs ... that lead "other" schism divisions of orthodox christianity

Response: Is the term "orthodox Christian" anything like the term "true Christian?" that people throw out to show why all who do not believe like them are inferior to them.

Best Wishes,
Shaamba Kaambwaat

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:33:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 6:35:40 AM PDT
anne says:
Justin: <where does equating the Catholic Church to a prostitute come from?>

anne: <shrug> Maybe from when the Catholic Church allowed prostitution. Have you tried googling it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:33:15 AM PDT
B. Josephson says:
Justin: The last time I checked there is only one POPE .

Response: Well the first time we know about when the term "pope" was used was when the Bishop of Rome addressed the Bishop of Alexandria as pope.

Best Wishes,
Shaamba Kaambwaat

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:41:24 AM PDT
anne says:
B. Josephson: <the first time we know about when the term "pope" was used was when the Bishop of Rome addressed the Bishop of Alexandria as pope. >

anne: lol. So the wise Alexandrian took it and ran with it. Where is Alexandria, btw?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 6:49:09 AM PDT
By the term Orthodox Christian I am referring to the Eastern Orthodox Church and its various geographical subdivisions (such as the Cypriot, Greek, Romanian, Serbian and Russian Orthodox Churches)

Pope MAYBE used by other religions BUT the is only one Supreme Pontif who can trace his apostolic roots back to Peter (considered the first POPE) whom Christ entrusted to lead his Church.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:00:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 7:01:18 AM PDT
anne says:
Justin: <there is only one Supreme Pontif who can trace his apostolic roots back to Peter>

anne: That's what I thought, too. So I went to rootsweb and looked up Peter who lived about 2,000 years ago. None of the entries led to any of the many popes living today. And such a high-profile person would have a solid chain, right?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:10:00 AM PDT
Anne: In Roman Catholic theology, the doctrine of apostolic succession states that Christ gave the full sacramental authority of the Church to the Twelve Apostles in the sacrament of Holy Orders, making them the first bishops. By conferring the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders on the apostles, they were given the authority to confer the sacrament of Holy Orders on others, thus consecrating more bishops in a direct lineage that can trace its origin back to the Twelve Apostles and Christ. This direct succession of bishops from the apostles to the present day bishops is referred to as apostolic succession. The Catholic Church also holds that within the College of Apostles, Peter was picked out for the unique role of leadership and to serve as the source of unity among the apostles, a role among the bishops and within the church inherited by the pope as Peter's successor today. Christ was the one that commissione Peter.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:35:15 AM PDT
Amon says:
Well if by "church" you mean the physical building than yes there's only one Catholic Church but there's only one Protestant Church. The function of a Church stays the same regardless of the denomination housed inside. Now if you use the word "Church" to mean the "body of believers" or "the body of Christ" than no. Catholics have disagreements amongst themselves just like all other people of different religions. Some Catholics agree with evolution while others don't, some are ok with contraception while others are not, some believe that the Pope is infallible while others do not, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:35:43 AM PDT
anne says:
So there were multiple church patriarchs until the Roman patriarch called the Alexandrian patriarch something higher than he was--probably as a sign of respect--and with that, the pope was born?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:49:42 AM PDT
No ANNE -- read my above statements on Apostolic succession. Talks about the POPE.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:57:14 AM PDT
"Catholics have disagreements amongst themselves just like all other people of different religions. Some Catholics agree with evolution while others don't, some are ok with contraception while others are not, some believe that the Pope is infallible while others do not, etc. " AMON ---

True statement AMON -- WE have Catholics from across the spectrum (orthodox -- liberal etc ...) Alot of "cafeteria" Catholics that pick and choose from the Catholic "Buffett". Those that are 100% in tune with the Holy Father and the Magesterium of the Church are "Practical" Catholics. Your point from above is ???

By the Church (big C -- body of believers // little c --- the building)

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 8:25:53 AM PDT
Iatric says:
What I find quite utterly silly that has been debunked already is the thought there are so many Protestant denominations. In reality, many differ on name alone. Of the remaining, many of the differences are on non-important issues such as whether or not to have music. By the time you get it down to that, they can probably be counted with one's fingers.

Truth is, I go to many different churches in the past and found no differences at all for the ones I do attend.

It's also silly to suggest there is one Catholic church as can readily be seen with minimal research. But since one denies the existence of all others being Catholic, you get the silly statements we see here.
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