When Will They Learn?

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Peter’s Conflict with Simon Magus by Avanzino Nucci

Catholicism seems to have a deep mystery to it, which it is why Protestants love to mock something they don’t understand (rf. Jude 1:10).  Again we see the passage repeated in Holy Writ’s warning about false teachers.

“But these people, like irrational animals born by nature for capture and destruction, revile things that they do not understand, and in their destruction they will also be destroyed, . . .” (2 Peter 2:12)

As I have mentioned before, Protestants — not all but many — criticize articles of the Catholic faith, not because they know them because they do not know.  This mixed with their attractive Bible alone doctrine makes it easy to misconstrue Catholicism as a paganized Christianity or even a christened paganism.  I also mentioned that Protestants did not come later in the scene until the 16th century and that the only critics of Catholic things like the Real Presence before then were anti-Trinitarians like the Gnostics who even had their own entirely different canon of scriptures to counter ours.  Therefore, they have no credibility on interpreting the same Scriptures their ancestors rejected based on the hatred for the same doctrines.  We see the Holy Scripture’s warning about future false prophets.

“[T]here will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.” (2 Peter 2:1)

This is a warning that is not exclusive to any heterodoxy, so “deny the Master” may not necessarily apply to Protestants, who are Trinitarians who affirm the Jesus as the Messiah and profess the Incarnation, Nativity, Passion, Resurrection, Ascension, Holy Trinity and the Chalcedonian Declaration, but they did come later to “introduce destructive heresies” which have led many astray and these same ones “revile things that they do not understand”.  However they do “deny the Master” in the sense they deny Him to themselves in the form of bread and wine which we profess to become the actual Body and Blood of Our Savior Jesus Christ as Scripture and the Church Fathers clearly show.  They do not understand it, so they attack it; much of it may have to do with how Catholicism is portrayed in cinema or how Satanists have implemented into their own Black Mass.  Many things have been wrongly affiliated with Satantism due to their profanation in their services: e.g. the Eucharist, Baptism, priestly vestments, Saint Peter’s Cross, and the Sign of the Cross, only to name a few.  We must “retain what is good” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:21), namely the traditions we were taught (rf. 2 Thessalonians 2:15), which would be what is taught by the Church Fathers.  “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant” [1] as Blessed John Henry Newman once wrote.

[1] Newman, Bl. John Henry. Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Introduction, no. 5. <http://newmanreader.org/works/development/introduction.html&gt;.

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