The following is a comment from an ex catholic viewer. We definitely feel that this is a post everyone should read. We know that most Catholics can relate to this comment:
The problem is Catholics are not encouraged to read the bible. In fact, I remember when I was in catechism years ago, we were told if we read the bible it would make us go crazy! Now, i know the reason why we were told not to read it, they were afraid we would find the truth. Till this day MOST Catholics I know have never read the bible!!!
If they believe it is the word of God then why are they not encouraged to read it? Why do they not bring bibles to church to read scripture from or to check to see if what the priest talks about during his homily, comes from scripture? That is because they just rely on this man and believe he is all knowing!!! Priests, pastors, ministers, etc, are only human just like you and I. Yes, they have been called to preach the word(some of them) but they sin just like you and I. They are not infallible! Everything your minister says should be checked with the word of GOD. this also goes for confessing to a man!
How can you possibly believe that a man who sins the same as you do, can forgive you of your sins!!! That is ludicrous!!! Only God can forgive you of your sins! In fact many of my Catholic family and friends no longer go to confession! Also, many that claim to be great Catholics break about every man made rule the Catholics have. Here are a few:
1. MOST OF MY CATHOLIC LADY FRIENDS TAKE OR TOOK THE PILL
2. MANY OF MY CATHOLIC FRIENDS THAT ARE DIVORCED GO TO COMMUNION AFTER REMARRYING, WITHOUT ANNULMENTS
3. SPEAKING ABOUT ANNULMENTS, HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT! I KNOW SOME PERSONALLY WHO HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND GET AN ANNULMENT. WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THE KIDS? YEP, ILLEGITIMATE!!!!
4. MOST I KNOW, DO NOT GO TO CONFESSION
5. MANY I KNOW, THAT SERVE AS EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS ARE ADULTERERS , DRUNKS, WIFE ABUSERS, AND DIVORCEES
6. MANY GET MARRiED OUT OF THE CHURCH…YIKES!!! YOU SEE THEY ARE TOLD THEIR MARRIAGE IS NOT BLESSED IF THEY DO NOT MARRY IN THE CHURCH, PUTTING THEM UNDER UNNECESSARY CONDEMNATION
7. NOT TO MENTION THE NUMBER OF PRIESTS THAT HAVE BECOME PEDOPHILES BECAUSE THEY CANNOT MARRY!! MANY HAVE LEFT THE CHURCH FOR THIS REASON, THEY WANT TO BE MARRIED INSTEAD OF LIVING THE SINFUL LIFE AS A PEDOPHILE
I could go on and on but it would take up too much room on this page! I have had some catholics reply to me when I speak of the above that those that break these rules are not TRUE CATHOLICS!!!! Well from my observation 95% of the Catholics I know are not TRUE Catholics! No, they just do not know the truth, they continue to try to live the Catholic tradition and not the biblical truth. My prayer is that they seek
God with an open heart and get set free from the traditions of men!