WARNING: I am not going to make friends with this series of articles. I will be ripping the band-aid off a very sensitive wound. However, I am not attacking any individuals within the Catholic faith. The parishioners of the Catholic Church are not to blame for the actions of the Catholic leadership — currently and historically.
If you are honest with yourself, you know something has been wrong with the Catholic Church for a very long time. You’ve heard the stories, maybe even taken part in the dark humor, of abuse, corruption, hypocrisy. You might have shaken it off as “isolated events”, “conspiracy theories” or “nothing that doesn’t happen in all religions.”
You’ve heard or even said “I’m Christian not Catholic” or “I’m Catholic but not Roman Catholic.” Let those statements settle in. What do they really mean?
There is something different about Roman Catholicism. The second statement — “”I’m Catholic but not Roman Catholic” — implies the need to separate from some practices or principles that don’t present a favorable image. That’s not unlike stating you’re a Reagan Republican.
However, the first statement — “I’m Christian not Catholic” — is an entirely different, far scarier declaration. It fully embraces the truth of Catholicism: it is NOT Christianity. And there’s that honest feeling again. That something you always knew was wrong.
This article is the first in a series which will show, not expose (because it’s already out in the open), the origins of the Catholic Church and its ferocious devouring of the Christian Church.
70 to 312 A.D.
70 A.D. the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, taking away the worship center of the Jews. It was effectively the end of formal Judaism.
This was prior to the Catholic Church as the 21st century world thinks of Christianity. Yes, there was Christianity prior to the Catholic Church. The term ‘catholic’ merely means “universal.” In the first nearly 250 years, the whole known Christian world functioned universally in doctrine and attitude. It was a unified spiritual experience, developed out of the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles. There was no Papacy, no Vatican, no rosaries and catechisms. There was only what was considered a sect of Judaism known as Christians, a term first used in the early 2nd century A.D.
Rome was not only not the center of Christianity, it was opposed to the Christians, who were seen as atheists because they did not worship or even recognize the Roman gods. Not until 312 A.D. did Rome accept the Christian doctrine and even then it was through forced acceptance by a converted Roman emperor — but that’s for a different discussion.
Now the Catholic Church tells us otherwise. Ask a Catholic clergy when Catholicism began, he will most certainly tell you 70 A.D. or with Peter, the apostle of Christ.
Paul established elders within the churches, or assemblies, of the various cities. By the 2nd century, the Church began to develop the idea of these elders as “overseers” and eventually named as bishops. The early stages of the Catholic Church were born.