Why Can’t Protestants Receive Communion in a Catholic Church

Why can’t Protestants receive the Holy Communion in a Catholic Church? Why can Catholics receive the Lord’s Supper at Protestant services but not the other way around? That is a great question!

Protestants and Catholics! They have been at odds for over 500 years, yet they growing ever closer together and more tolerant toward each other. A good thing! In fact, many Protestant non-denominational churches welcome Catholics and even allow them to take part fully in their services, including communion. Catholics also allow other religions to participate in their worship service; however, only Catholics can receive Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. And, there are some good reasons for this.

First, we need to understand that there are differences between the religions. Most Protestants accept that the body and blood of Jesus in Communion is only a symbol while Catholics believe that the wafer (“the Eucharist”) is really and truly the body and blood of Christ (John 6:51-67; Mt. 26:26).

Lutherans are closer to Catholics and accept Consubstantiation, which means they believe God’s presence is there but in a spiritual sort of way. Whereas Catholics and Orthodox believe in Transubstantiation – meaning Jesus is actually (literally and physically) present. We receive Him into us in a real way. God is everywhere, but He was present in a special way in the person of Jesus Christ on earth, so God is everywhere but present in a very special way in Catholic Holy Communion.

Here’s the rub. Upon reception of Catholic Communion, everyone must say “Amen.”  If a Protestant were to attend a Catholic Mass, the priest would hold up the Communion host in front of their face and say, “The body of Christ,” to which the Protestant would respond, “Amen.” The word Amen means: “So be it, I believe.”

However, Protestants do not believe it’s the true body of Christ, but only a symbol. Thus, they could not receive Catholic communion in good conscience without being dishonest before God. It is just that we have different beliefs. In addition, every time Catholics say Amen, we are saying amen to everything we believe and adhering to the Catholic faith. So again, Protestants could not honestly say amen for they do not accept all the Catholic teachings. Otherwise, they would be Catholic.

For most Protestants, attending a service anywhere is fine. There usually are no huge differences in the Communion Rite. However, there is a real difference between Protestant belief and Catholic belief on this matter, and it’s a big difference. The Eucharist is the Pinnacle of the Catholic faith. It truly is Jesus communing with us and helping us to become one body with Him and each other.

A second reason: while Catholics see Protestants as brothers and Sisters in Christ, they are separated brothers and sisters. We have to remember that they left the Church Jesus started over 500 years ago in rebellion. Martin Luther separated himself and his followers from the fullness of the truth and the fullness of the New Covenant. Thus, just as in the Old Testament, a person had to be part of the Covenant in order to partake in the blessings, so in the New Testament times, one must still be a full part of the Christ’s Church and covenant to receive all the blessings. This always serves as an invitation for our Protestant brothers to come home to the fullness of the faith, to the one banquet table.

Many people do not understand these reasons and accuse the Catholic Church of being elitist or mean. However, this is Biblical. Unless you were circumcised and became part of the Covenant in the Old Testament, no person could receive the covenant blessings. Nor were they saved. God is serious about people following Him, and it’s on His terms, not ours. So, likewise, unless you are part of Christ’s true Church and are a full part of the covenant, you cannot receive the blessings. In the Bible, the only time that the words ‘New Covenant’ are mentioned are in relation to the Eucharist (For example, Mt. 26:26). Jesus says, “This is my body, this is my blood, the blood of the new and eternal Covenant” established in and through the Catholic Church He started. So the New Covenant comes together at its Pinnacle in the Eucharist, and the Eucharist symbolizes our unity!

That is what we believe as Catholics. And remember, that as wonderful as Protestants are, they have broken the Christian unity and do not share in the fullness of the covenant. Of course, more than anything, we would love to invite them home to this oneness that Christianity enjoyed for over 1000 years.

If Protestants do not accept Catholic teaching and authority, they should not even desire to receive the Eucharist and everything Catholic that it represents. However, if they do believe it is truly the body and blood of Christ (Jn. 6:51-67; Mt. 26:26; 1 Cor. 5:7) who is our new Passover lamb given for the life of the world, then I would to invite them to come home and join the Catholic Church and take part in the greatest gift they will ever receive on earth.

Soccer Standards!

This is not to be demeaning in any way, but growing up, I played soccer. Anyone at any time could join our team because we were awful. However, in order to be on a travel team or an elite team, a person must try out and be picked. These elite teams have standards and don’t just let anyone join. In the same way, Christ has standards and the Catholic Church has standards. It has the full truth. And people must accept that truth to join the banquet table. As Catholics, we pray that all Christians will come back to full unity of the Lord’s table as it once was and as Christ desired.

Come check out a Catholic Mass, even a Latin Mass, where you can experience the mystery and awe of God. As for receiving the Eucharist, you must first believe in everything the Catholic Church teaches and become part of the one Church of Jesus Christ. Then, you can receive the greatest gift of all. You are welcome anytime!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please put them below. If you would like to understand more about the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Eucharist, you can watch the 2 minute version here, or the 6 minute version here.

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Living Your Faith (How to live your faith anywhere!)

“What are you? Some sort of Jesus freak?”  “What, are you too good for us now?” “You actually believe in God?” “The Catholic Church is evil!”

Several people have asked me the question, “How do you live your faith in the world; like as a student, a scientist, a computer programmer or in another secular career? This is a great question!  How do we live our faith daily without being too overbearing, too fearful, or just plain compromising?” Here are just 5 pro-tips you need to live your faith anywhere.

If you would like to watch the YouTube video of this blog instead, click here.

#1. PRAY

The first thing you need to do every day is pray! People who do not pray everyday or keep God close to them are like soldiers going off to war without a weapon. They won’t make it. And, how can they defend themselves? Now, I’m not talking praying for a couple minutes before bed each night if you have time. I’m talking real prayer. Focused prayer. Praying with renewed fervor for at least 20-30 minutes a day. (Maybe 10-15 in the morning and again at night?)

Set aside intentional time for God each day is a must if we have any hope of living holy in an unholy world. So, carve out a good prayer time each day, or night, (or both) and beg God to help you to live your faith, to be holy, joyful, kind, and a good example.  Similarly, read the Bible, the New Testament especially. Take time to reflect on what you read (or another spiritual book). Pray the Rosary. Use this time too to reflect on your life too and areas you can improve in. This is key to keeping your faith in non-faith environments.

#2. Be a Good Example

Strive to live like Jesus all the time, and not just on Sundays. We do not want to be a good example of Jesus but a great example, and that includes being an example of: love, kindness, peace, patience, understanding, obedience; honesty, being trustworthy, and being a hard worker, etc. Since we represent our Lord, we do not want to be lazy or involved in things we should not be doing. (You never know who is watching.)

#3.  Do Not Act Like Everyone Else

If everyone else at your job curses, says the F word, gossips, tells dirty jokes, is dishonest, you have nothing to do with it. Now, you don’t need to judge them, look down on them, or be all awkward about it, but as we said above, strive hard to be a great example in every area of your life.

What merit is there in acting like everyone else does, and how is that living your faith and being set apart? It’s like what Jesus says in the book of Matthew, “If you greet those who greet you, and if you’re nice to those who are nice to you, what profit is that? Even pagans and tax collectors do the same.” So if you swear like everyone else, what makes you a Christian? If you gossip, are dishonest, look at dirty magazines, get drunk, or many other things, what makes you different? What says Christian to those around you?

The fact is we must not only talk the talk, but we must walk the walk. Then people will see that you are different and say things like; “Hey, what’s different about you?” Or,  “Why do you act like this?”  “I’ve never heard you swear or tell a dirty joke. You don’t even gossip.”

In past jobs, I have had people come up to me and ask, “Hey, are you a Christian because you do X, Y, or Z?” It is because I live my faith and try to be a good example that people ask me this question. Later on, they may ask more about it, and I can then share my faith if they are open. However, the major component here striving to be a good example and working on the areas you need improvement on. If you gossip, clean that up. If you complain all the time, start offering it all up to God in love. If you cheat on tests, start studying or getting extra help. If you are crabby or lethargic at work or school, begin serving others intentionally and work on being more joyful.

How can you be a better example and witness?

#4. Be Strong!  

To follow Christ and love Him in secular environments is difficult! No doubt. After all, who wants to feel like the odd man out? Think of it as living outside your natural habitat in an unfriendly environment with dangerous animals who don’t always like what you say or what you stand for. Question for consideration: Do we care about the opinion of God or the opinion of others more?

This too is difficult which is why we need to pray often to be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid to live your faith. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to be labeled as a Jesus freak, as a Christian, because it means you’re right, and that you are on the right track. If everyone else is driving with flat tires, don’t be embarrassed that yours are inflated! Jesus said, if people made fun of Him, they will make fun of us too. However, He also promised to give us the strength to overcome. Pro-Tip: If you are extra nice, kind, loving, and joyful, people will like you even if they strongly disagree with your views. Remember that.

If people make call you out on your faith, say something like: “Hey, I love my faith; I’ll live it every day of the week. You can make fun of it, but I love God and my faith a lot.” They may respond with “What? You like being Catholic?” And you can boldly say, “Yeah, I do, it’s awesome.” [Insert big smile]. This will make people think. After all, they are looking for something that is good, true, and beautiful.

They may push back saying something like, “But there are so many rules! Who needs that?” You could respond by saying, “We have rules everywhere in society and in marriages. We can’t go kill anyone we want. Likewise, we can’t go get drunk and beat someone up. Rules make society orderly and civilized. They are a good thing.” They may retort, “True, but the Catholic Church has too many rules.” Just respond, “Really, how many do they have in all, and how many is too many? Also, how many would you say our country has in all? There are a ton there too. Again, it’s a good thing.” [Insert friendly smile]

Now I’ve worked in many of these difficult environments where some people swear the F-word like 6 times in one sentence. They take God’s name in vain, talk endlessly about sexual grossness, and more. Sometimes, it was difficult to be around it all. So, I would eat lunch elsewhere from time to time and read my Bible. You know, that was so much more inspiring! And doing so gave me more peace, joy, and courage to go back to work and be a good example.

I have been made fun of for my faith and it’s expected. It comes with the territory. Just realize that. At a restaurant once, I slipped on a piece of ice and almost killed myself. Instead of saying, “holy sh..” like I would have in my old days, I cried out “Holy Moses!”

One of the big, psycho looking cooks was surprised. Turning to me, he said, “Did you just say Moses?”

Me: Um, yeah.

Him: “What are you? Some sort of religious freak or something?”

Me: Um, yeah, something like that. [Friendly smile]

He not only told all the other cooks, but he then nicknamed me Moses. Thanks only to the Holy Spirit, I did not back down or become embarrassed by this. God helped me to be strong and to own it. Every once in a while, I’d hear this same guy take God’s name in vain, and I would walk up to him and say super nicely but firmly, “Hey! I love God!” Then, I would give a big smile. He would almost always reply saying, “I don’t care church boy, get the F out of my face!”

This went on for a couple weeks until one say he almost broke down and cried right in front of me. We were prep-cooking in the back one day, and he opened to me some of his life story telling me that his dad never wanted him, and that he never had a dad since two years old. Because I was real and true and never backed down, He respected me and trusted me. A year later, this same person came to believe in God; he even bought a Jesus clock to hang in his kitchen! Even though he made fun of me, he confessed to me that I became one of only two people in the whole world that he respected… all because I was loving and never backed down in my faith. So you never know who’s life you will touch.

I was firm, loving, and never a jerk. I never shoved my faith down anyone’s throat nor was I arrogant or preachy. It all starts with prayer and having that relationship with Jesus and having Christ first in your life. Likewise, it is important to keep friends nearby who are faithful and live for God. They can be a source of strength and comfort too.

#6. Learn Your Faith

In order to do live our faith anywhere and survive being different, we must know how to explain our beliefs which presumes we know them well in the first place. So, pick up one book, or watch some of my YouTube videos here. Second, practice on your own what you will say if certain topics come up — or come up again. Practice a back and forth in your mind as to what they might say and what you will say in return. This is KEY! This will help you to be more prepared and not as nervous.

We also need to know how to listen to the Holy Spirit and pick our battles. Not everything needs to be said or commented on, but we should also not hide our faith in the closet for fear of being different. Get God. Get His strength. Be His light to the world always. Remember: if you’re living for the world, you can’t live for Jesus. If you live for Jesus, you’re going to come into conflict with the world. So be prepared, pray, be persistent in your faith, and  live for Jesus in your thoughts, words, and actions. Pray to the Holy Spirit for what to say and when, and let Him empower you more and more each day!

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Catholic Idolatry? (Do Catholics Worship Statues?)

Do Catholics worship Saints, statues, images– or Mary? Is it Catholic idolatry? I have this image to the left in my house painted on a piece of wood. Anti-Catholics think I pray to this piece of wood and worship it like it’s God. So, do Catholics worship statues?

(If you would like to watch the YouTube video on this same topic, click here).

The answer is of course not! Of course Catholics do not worship statues. Statues cannot hear us or talk to us… The fact that some Protestants and other religious persons assert that Catholics are idolaters and worship these images is pretty nonsensical, and utterly false. If you have read the catechism of the Catholic church which gives the beliefs of Catholics, (then you know we don’t worship statues and you need to be accurate about what you are speaking on. It clearly states that we worship God alone. Moreover, statues are made out of wood, plaster, and marble. In other words, they are dead, and no Catholic believes that some plaster or marble could hear them.

(See great resources at the bottom to help you defend and explain your faith)

As soon as you walk into my office, this is what you see: the St. Francis icon pictured above. It’s on my desk. This image is not for worship: it’s purpose is to recall to mind the life of Saint Francis. In a similar way,the first words of the national anthem “Oh say can you see”, immediately recall the rest of that song and its meaning to mind. So when I see this saint’s image on my desk, it reminds me of his story in the same way: that he was a rich Noble who God called to rebuild His church–how he left everything, exchanged his riches for rags, began preaching the word of Christ to others, and how he changed the world and reformed the church. The image is just a reminder of his life of holiness and how I’m also called to be holy and to follow Jesus in a similar way.

When we have a representation of Jesus, we know it’s not actually Jesus–including that it may not be an accurate reflection of Him, neither skin, hair, or eye color, etc. However, it is a reminder nonetheless. Looking at an image of the Divine Mercy (above); the red streak and white streak symbolize his unending Love and mercy of our Savior. So, every time I see the Divine Mercy image, its a visual reminder of Jesus’ Love & Mercy. I don’t need the images to know this of course, but they are a beautiful and helpful visual prompts. Every time I see the words that often come with this picture, “Jesus, I trust in You,” I am reminded to trust in Him alone..

Back in the day before the Bible was around, Bibles were extremely rare until the Printing Press, and people could not read. About 9 out of 10 people in the Roman Empire were illiterate. Since almost everyone was illiterate for well over a thousand years, do you really think that Jesus would start a Bible church? It wouldn’t make any sense. No. The images in the churches and in the stained glass windows recounted the stories of the Bible and the stories of Jesus for people who were illiterate. They were the stories of the Bible in picture form, so to speak, because most people could not read at the time or not crazy rich in order to afford a Bible which took three years to copy just one Bible. So, when we can gaze on an image, it’s only purpose is to encourage us to call to mind the whole story of the Bible and the stories of our Holy brothers and sisters who went before us and followed Jesus so faithfully.

Here’s one we all love as Christians: The Nativity. As Christians, we do not worship the statues of the Nativity, they’re just reminders of the Christmas story. Like pictures in our wallet or on our wall at home. You’re not worshiping the images, even if you take it out, hold it in your hands or kiss it. After all, if a husband takes a picture of his wife out of his wallet and kisses it, is he worshiping her? The kissing and a physical expression and symbolic gesture toward the person who it represents who is not around in person.

Some will quote Scripture saying, “There are no idols or graven images to be made,” as it states Exodus 20. True, but context is key! God was talking to the Israelites because they were around Pagan lands who all worshipped many gods and created false idols for the purpose of doing so. These pagans thought that trees and cows and many other things were all gods, and they build statues to represent that. The Israelites even fell into their pagan idolatry building a golden calf to worship.

Of course, God is a jealous God, and warned the Israelites that there is only one God and not to build idols and worship them! That was the catch. It’s not that statues could never be made, after all, five chapters later in Exodus chapter 25, God commanded that two huge statues be built and placed on the Ark of the Covenant. As we can see here, it’s possible that when used in the right way, statues can be used for the purposes of God. There were also many other carved images throughout the temple that God commanded for holy purposes. Likewise, in Numbers chapter 21, God commanded to have the golden serpent on the staff (a graven image) made in order to help the Israelites remove their diseases.

Throughout the Old Testament, God had images made for holy purposes. Likewise with the saints, these images are the pictures and representations of our friends and family who have gone before us and are alive in Heaven. People like St. Francis are models of holiness for us. The people in these images did extraordinary things and followed Christ passionately and unreservedly. And it is our hope to follow Christ just as passionately as they did.

They’re not Idols. They are examples for us.

Check out the links below for great books on defending the Catholic faith or just answering your questions. They will inspire you can help you in many ways as they have in my life.

Feel free to leave a comment below. Also feel free to let me know who your favorite saints are and why? Why do they inspire you and push you on to holiness? (If you would like to watch the YouTube video on this same topic, click here).

RESOURCES:

“Where is That in the Bible?” by Patrick Madrid (Where all major Catholic beliefs are found in Scripture) – https://goo.gl/auZ6bH

“Where is That in Tradition?” by Patrick Madrid (Catholic beliefs found in history and tradition) – https://goo.gl/HfGJgF

“Behold your Mother,” by Tim Staples: https://goo.gl/yTHxfs

5 CDs: “The Gospel Truth About Mary” (Part 1): https://goo.gl/s6edwk  This 5 CD set explains everything about the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Bible.

5 CDS: Catholic Tim Staples Debate vs. Protestant Steve Gregg. It’s a must listen to debate for any Catholic serious about defending the faith or learning more. https://goo.gl/ntJZj1

The Case for Catholicism – Answers to classic and contemporary objections. (This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print). – https://goo.gl/RwtpWy

Catholicism and Fundamentalism: Attacks on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” (One of the BEST books on defending the Catholic faith against Protestants and anti-Catholics. A classic and must read). – https://goo.gl/fNxXuB

 

 

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Catholic Church Sexual Abuse (Exposing the Lies, Defending our Priests)

With the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy, CNN and other news media outlets raged with stories about corruption, the papacy, the problem of priestly celibacy, and countless conspiracy theories.  “The Catholic Church needs to change!”

News stations and social media outlets are still ripe with gross charges that priests are rapists, that all priests are pedophiles, that Pope Benedict XVI was involved in the whole thing and tried to cover it up, etc. Others continually repeat the myth that priestly celibacy is the main cause for the sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. If the old men in Rome would just get up with the times and allow priests to get married, then the numbers would surge along with a drastic decrease in the number of children being abused.  It sounds pretty simple, no?

All of the above lies and accusations are, of course, false! This is what we will be addressing in this article.

***If you would like to watch my Youtube Video here on this topic with even more information, click the link.

The REAL TRUTH!

Sexual abuse is not an issue of celibacy, but a lack of it!Pedophilia itself is also not an issue of celibacy but a psychological disorder, a mental illness.  This goes for anyone, religious or secular.

While the media would have us believe differently – statistically and otherwise – the Catholic Church has been one of the least perpetrators of any institution in the world regarding sexual abuse.  What the media usually fails to announce is that 99% of the abuse cases they report are old cases that they have rehashed – most of them from 30-50 years ago.  Even though they are being presented today as if they were current, most of these cases took place nearly a half century ago.

Don’t believe me?  Check out the “John Jay College of Criminal Justice” who has rigorously performed all the major research on this issue.  Their latest reports from 2008 until at least 2014 onward show that there have been only about six or seven credible allegations each year involving minors.  Not seven-hundred.  Not seventy.  Seven.  And, this is six out of the forty thousand priests and tens of thousands of workers employed in the Catholic Church.   Obviously, one case is too many anywhere, but the charge that the Church still has a huge problem, or that priests are pedophiles, is a biased and unsubstantiated assertion.

MORE FACTS:

Let’s push the envelope a little more and blow open the dirty little secrets that either people don’t know or wants to talk about:

– It is a fact that the majority of all sexual abuse takes place in the family!  Studies reveal that about 85% of sexual abuse takes place in the family.  The highest abuse rate comes from family members, then babysitters, then neighbors and friends.

– After families, the next highest perpetrator of sexual abuse is the public school system. These make up about 15% of all abuse cases.

– Toward the bottom of the abuse list comes religious institutions. And, within that category, non-Catholic faiths have an equal or higher rate of abuse than the Catholic Church. And this takes into account that the Catholic Church has more than 10 times or more the amount of people these much smaller churches do.  If celibacy, not allowing men to marry, leads to so many problems including sexual abuse, then how does one explain families being the biggest perpetrators. Spouses get married.  They have sex.  Yet the child abuse rate is extraordinarily lower among celibates.  The proof is in the facts.

Again, one case is too many, and the Catholic Church should be held to the highest standard more than secular institutions. However, it is a fabrication to state that the Church is the biggest perpetrator of abuse. That is not credible or honest. For all the people who yell, scream, protest, and complain that we need to crack down on the evil, corrupt Catholic Church in order to protect children, they ought to stop turning a blind eye to families and public schools where the abuse rate is 100 times higher and more than the Church. 100 times!  If these same people were really concerned about protecting children wherever the abuse happens (and not just hating the Catholic Church), they would work to crack down on all areas where the problem is truly rampant. Instead, they reveal their apparent anti-Catholic bias.

Remember, that nearly all priests are good, holy and faithful, and have been for the majority of church history. People like Jesus, St. Paul, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II, to name a few, were all celibate and lived holy lives. Jesus himself (and also St. Paul) taught celibacy, also found in the Bible (Mt. 19:12; 1 Cor. 7:7-8). So, it’s not like the Catholic Church just made it up one day. People who have problems with the Catholic Church’s teaching on celibacy; do they  have a problem with Jesus and the Bible too?

 

RESOURCES FOR YOU TO READ:

If you are a Catholic, or for anyone interested in this subject, check out the links below. Be informed!

1. Priests and Pedophiles – https://goo.gl/ujHSD8 (This is one of the best books on the subject by one of the foremost authorities. He’s a non-Catholic and is un-biased. A must read.)

2. Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America – https://goo.gl/oZZdXD (This book, like the one below, give you all the dirt on one Alfred Kinsey and his disgusting legacy. If you want to understand the sex scandals more and a lot of the issues, check out this book or the one below).

3. The Kinsey Corruption – https://goo.gl/yH13MW (“According to his own personal correspondence, Kinsey was a homosexual with a marked preference for young boys. He was also an atheist and a confirmed bigot who refused to hire Jews, Blacks, Christians, and anyone who embraced traditional moral values.” Pg. 24)

4. Shaken By Scandals – https://goo.gl/QrQcXi (A great all-around book on the actual facts regarding the scandals, how to deal with them, and how to minister to others.)

5. GoodBye Good Men – https://goo.gl/4QQuSz (Want to know where the bad priests, corruption, and scandals in the Church came from? Read this book!! It’s shocking though.)

6. The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America – https://goo.gl/DXvAhv (This does not talk about the sex scandals per say, but it’s a history book detailing the downfall of the Church in America and where all the problems came from. Very interesting, enlightening, and in depth.)

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Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

  • Did Pope Pius XII do nothing to help the Jewish people in World War II?
  • Did the most powerful man in the world sit back idly while watching millions of Jews die needlessly?
  • Did Pius XII make deals with Hitler just to save his own skin?
  • Did the Catholic Church really side with Hitler and stab the Jewish people in the back?

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

Injustice! There is an injustice being spread around America and different parts of the world today. It’s in the form of a great lie! The myth states that Pope Pius XII, the man who did more for the Jewish people than anyone else, in fact did nothing at all. Rather, he stood by idly and watched them die when he was in a position of power to help them. It is stated that he even made pacts with Hitler to keep himself off the hit list. But this is so far from true, it’s amazing anyone ever believed it.

On the contrary, we will see that the Jewish people of the day praised the pope, celebrated all he did, and credited him with saving over 800,000 Jewish lives! So then, where did this revisionist emerge from? Where did these lies about a good and noble man develop?

It all began in 1963 with a theater production. That’s right, a theater play! In 1963, a show opened called “The Deputy,” which was written by a Protestant who accused the pope of complying with the Nazis through silence and doing nothing to help the Jewish people in their plight. Though just a play, after this on-stage accusation, severe criticism of the pope and the Vatican ensued. It eventually grew into a firestorm resulting in anti-Catholic and anti-pope sentiments along with the revisionist history we know today. This is the modern understanding of the pope we have, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

So, let’s set the record straight. What is the real story regarding Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust?

As stated, Pope Pius XII did more to help the Jewish people during World War II than any other person including organizations and political governments. Even when he was Cardinal named Eugene Pacelli, he spoke out loudly against the Nazi’s. Then, when Pacelli became Pope Pius XII, he continued to speak boldly which created a stir.  It is no secret that the Nazis hated the pope and wanted to do away with him. There are many letters which verify this fact and reveal their disdain for him.

Eventually, the Nazis warned the pope and all Catholics to cease from speaking out or face the impending consequences. And Hitler was always true to his word. One famous example was in Holland.  The Catholic church there refused to stop speaking out against the Nazis. As a result, not only did the Jews die (including Ann Frank), but thousands of Catholics died along side them (including Edith Stein, a convert to Catholicism).  The Nazis made true to their promises for anyone speaking out against their regime.

Seeing many innocent Catholics dying, Pope Pius XII stopped speaking out publicly and developed a new, much more effective strategy instead. In fact, it saved almost a million Jewish lives. Even the Jewish people of the day liked this strategy and believed that speaking out would endanger them and the Catholics and only make things worse. So, what was the pope’s new approach? How did he save so many lives and become a hero in his day?

The Pius Truth:

  • Pope Pius XII secretly opened the monasteries and convents around Europe (France, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc).  Even people’s private homes were opened, not to mention cloisters of nuns were opened (even though they had taken vows to not let the world in). In all of these places, the Catholic Church safely hid thousands upon thousands of Jews.  The pope himself opened up the Vatican to the Jews and thousands more took refuge there.
  • Working around the clock, the pope was also actively involved in secretive negotiations to help save Jews from being killed or deported. For example, through these negotiation deals, the pope helped save 20,000 Jews from some Italian prison camps, 8,000 Jews from Holland, and many thousands more of Jews in other countries.
  • The Catholic Church employed many avenues to save the lives of countless Jewish people, and the efforts absolutely did not go unnoticed.
  • As the book, Pope Fiction relays: The head Rabbi of Rome, Abraham Zolli, was so inspired by the example and work of the Pope that he ended up researching Catholicism and converting to the Catholic Church after the war ended.
  • Likewise, the chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Isaac Herzog, praised the efforts of the pope and didn’t hesitate to proclaim him and all the good he did.
  • After the death of Pius XII, there were many prominent Jewish leaders and laymen who praised his efforts and successes, and he was highly honored.  Even Golda Meir, Israel’s delegate to the UN and future Prime Minister of Israel, gave Pius XII strong praise for his outstanding work in helping the Jews and for his efforts in speaking out.
  • Most people don’t realize that shortly after the war, the World Jewish Congress gave Pius XII two million Lira as a gift of thanksgiving for all he did to help the Jewish people.
  • Even the Jewish scientist, Albert Einstein, published an article in Time Magazine praising the efforts of the Church in helping Jewish people everywhere.  He said, “I looked to newspapers and editorials, but they, like the universities were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for surprising truth. I had never any special interest in the [Catholic] Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom…” (Pope Fiction, pg. 304).
  • Perhaps one of the clearest signs is that after World War II ended, the government of Israel estimated that Pope Pius XII saved about 800,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust, more than all other religious organizations combined. In the pope’s honor, the Israeli government planted 800,000 trees to represent all the lives he saved through his untiring effort and hard work.

The myth that the pope turned a blind eye to the suffering and death of the Jewish people is the furthest thing from the truth.  To the contrary, the pope himself was in the trenches, on the front lines, and doing the undercover work needed to save as many Jews as possible. Thus, Pope Pius XII  should not honored as a hero. We should honor him in the highest for his efforts just as the Jewish people themselves did in his day. Let us follow their example!

For some more information on this interesting topic, check out the following resources:

Pius the XII and the Holocaust, by Robert Graham

Pope Fiction, by Patrick Madrid (Addresses this myth and 19 other myths regarding the papacy. I love this book).

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Religion and War (Is Religion the Cause of War and Violence?)

religion and warReligion and War! Is religion the cause of all war? Does religion by nature cause violence? Are not most of the world wars attributed to religions arguing over who is right, about whose holy book is correct? Perhaps if they did not just condemn things that differ from their worldview, there could be peace. Contrast this with science which operates in the realm of fact. Here it is acceptable to challenge people’s point of view in order to journey toward the truth. So, perhaps we should all become atheist, put our petty religions aside, and just work seek truth, peace and harmony. So speaks this atheist claim.

However, this claim of the “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins could not be further from the truth. Do not be deceived by myths that are repeated endlessly based on absolutely nothing. For anyone who has studied actual history and not just a bumper sticker adaptation of it, history itself paints us an entirely different picture of religion than you will often hear. It’s unmistakable as we will see below. We will also see that barbaric atrocities from atheists far outweigh those of all religions combined. So, learn this information, and the next time you hear this pitiful argument, you can respond with kindness, knowledge, logic.

The Religious GOOD that Atheism Ignores:

To be fair, there have been some religious wars and conquests through history carried out in “God’s name.” Whether they were or were not, religion can own up to the fact that there have been mistakes and atrocities in God’s name. With that being said, there is a whole world of good that nobody can deny, far more good than atheists could ever imagine or duplicate.

Just speaking of the Catholic Church alone. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world and does more good than any religious, secular, or atheistic organization. In other words, it feeds more people, clothes more people, and educates more people than anyone else. Over the last 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has started hospitals, orphanages, health clinics, and run away shelters; they run groups that combat human trafficking along with countless other organizations for every need of life. The Catholic missionaries can be found in the poorest countries side by side with the poor and serving them. Even in New York, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal serve the poor on a daily basis not to mention the Sisters of Charity and countless others.

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Remember the dreaded Dark Ages? These times were a period of instability and war because of the incessant conquests from the Vikings, Huns, Danes, Visigoths, and all the other Barbarians that ransacked the Roman Empire for hundreds of years. Yet, during this time the Catholic Church helped keep literacy alive and eventually civilized the Vikings and various barbarian tribes with the Gospel of peace and love. It was Christianity too who helped civilize the cannibals and other violent nations. Countless Catholics were martyred in the process.

Atheist rightly value education and school, yet they forget that it was the Catholic Church who who invented the University system, started countless schools, and widened the circle for who could learn at school, not to mention that the Church advanced science, created the invented economics, law, and some of the most beautiful art, music, and architecture that the world has ever known. Religion has done a lot of good, and that cannot be denied.  Based on just these things mentioned, religion has made civilization infinitely better and more prosperous. (If you would like to buy my book and see a real conversation I had with an atheist on this topic, check it out here or at the end. For other good book recommendations on this topic, see links at the end).

Myth: Religion Causes War!

Some will retort, “Well, what about the Crusades and all the religious wars that have happened?” (For the real truth about the Crusades, click here). The assertion regarding religious wars is also greatly exaggerated and full of myths. One might be surprised to find that the majority of all religious wars and atrocities come primarily from the religion of Islam, not all world religions.

The facts are these:  Since their founding, Islam has lived by the sword. Whereas Jesus preached his message in love and with non-violence, Muhammad led with the sword and war.  Nearly the entire history of Islam is one of committed warfare. Certainly, there are peaceful Muslims today. No one disagrees with that. However, this does not take away from the historical reality that Islamic wars lasted 1,200 years until they were finally defeated. What Christianity spent centuries building through peace, love, and sacrifice, Islam wiped out almost over night.  So, as much as this gives a bad rap to the religion of Islam, (and atheists love to harp on Islam), it does not give a bad rap to all religion. Atheists lamely lump all religions into the same category uncritically. Would people say Buddhism is violent, for example? Could they be put side by side with Islam? The truth is that most religions are not violent.

What about the Crusades?

The Crusades themselves were first and foremost a war of self-defense against the invading armies of Islam. Muhammad led armies onto the battlefield until his death, and after, Islam expanded even more. From 756 A.D. – 856 A.D. Muslims conquered everything from Afghanistan to North Africa and then pushed into Europe where they were finally stopped. When they laid siege to the Byzantine Empire laying waste most of it, the Emperor Alexius I begged the pope for help against these invading armies. The pope agree to come to their aid, and thus, the Crusades were started. And only after much prayer and consideration. The Crusades therefore began as wars of self-defense.  And, though abuses (which you can read in my other blog here), it is a gross misunderstanding to claim that they were merely conquering others who disagree with them, going to war just to get rich, or to conquer pagans which are all myths.

Even considering the extensive conquest of Islam and those of the “Old Testament” that some people like to bring up, these wars are next to nothing compared to the atrocities and “high body counts” found among atheists and those with no religion.

Atheist Wars

Something that is always overlooked by atheists is the fact that most atrocities were actually committed by atheists. Let’s look at some of these:

STALIN was responsible for murdering 20 million of his own people through forced starvations and other deaths. That is twice as many as Hitler ever killed who himself was unreligious for most of his life.

MAO was an atheist in China who was responsible for killing 70 million people.  Like Hitler and Stalin, Mao also targeted Christians and murdered them.

These unthinkably high numbers don’t even take into account the large amounts of senseless violence by lesser atheist tyrants like Pol Pot or Fidel Castro, or others around the world. Atheist Pol Pot, for example, wiped out nearly 2 million of his own people, 1/5 of his own country’s population. He killed a larger percentage of his own countrymen than Stalin and Mao and 10 times the amount of the Crusades and the Inquisition combined. Stalin too killed more people than all religious wars combined! That’s something atheists never talk about when pointing fingers.

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The Take Away:

The Crusades and the Inquisitions together killed not even a quarter of a million people over 500 years. Yet, the atheist violence above was all in a short span of time. Thus the violence, wars, and atrocities of people who don’t have religion far outweigh those who do. The senseless killings and violence that occur in the absence of religion, or of some moral code, is shockingly higher than when religion is present. In fact, the deaths caused by Christian rulers over this 500 year period amounts to only 1% of the total deaths caused by Stalin and Mao in merely a few decades, not to mention all of the other atheist regimes.

Does religion cause war?  It can. Sure. Have bad things happened in the name of religion?  Absolutely.  However, the moral code of Christianity and of most religions have inspired people to become better and make the world a better place as we discussed above.

The take away can be summed up perfectly by Dinesh D’Souza in his book, “What’s So Great About Christianity?” He says:

“Whatever the cause for why religious regimes do what they do, the indisputable fact is that all the religions of the world put together have in three thousand years not managed to kill anywhere near the number of people killed in the name of atheism in the past few decades. It’s time to abandon the mindlessly repeated mantra that religious belief has been the main source of human conflict and violence. Atheism, not religion, is responsible for the worst mass murders in history” (Pg. 221).

Book Recommendations:

1. “Why Do You Believe In God?,” by Bryan  Mercier (The themes above are discussed in this book along with more information on God, science, religion, and more.

2. What is so great about Christianity, by Dinesh D’sousa (Mentioned and quoted above)

3. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods (This book does a fantastic job of showing all the good that the Catholic Church did in the world and how so much of what we have we received from the Catholic Church. – A must read for all Catholics)

4. Answering the New Atheism, by Scott Hahn (Another book answering many of the claims of atheism, especially those of Richard Dawkins. It touches on what we discussed above in a different way)

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How Important is Sexual Compatibility for Marriage

Are you sexually compatible with you future mate? How important is sexual compatibility for your marriage and does it make a difference? Will it help you to have a truly happy marriage?  The wisdom of today proclaims that couples must live together before marriage and have a good sexual relationship before tying the knot. After all, you do not want to be with someone  you are not sexually compatible with, do you?

This desire may be sincere, but here is the reality.  This kind of thought process and discernment will actually have the opposite effect and kill your future marriage. The following real life conversation I had with a young lady reveals why:

Me: I’m a Catholic Speaker who also speaks on love and relationships. I travel around talking to people about how to find true love and happily-ever-after. I also address many potholes that prevent them finding love. I talk about dating, engagement, sex, marriage, and many pro-tips people are never taught.

Woman:  I’m actually a Catholic too, and I believe it is important to have sex before marriage! After all, would you want to marry someone that you have not slept with?  I wouldn’t for sure.  I mean, how do you know if they are good for you or not?  How do you know if you’re compatible?

Me:  So, what I am hearing is that people are like cars. One must test drive a person beforehand to see if they are compatible, to see if they are the right one to buy.  If not, you return them just as you would any product that doesn’t perform to your liking.

Her:  Well. Hmm. OK.  When you put it that way… I have never thought of it like that before.

Me:  Here’s my problem with that line of thinking. People are not cars. They have feelings, hopes, dreams, and cannot be treated like dead objects to dispose of at our will.  When food doesn’t please us, we throw it away. When a song doesn’t please us, we change the station. When a car doesn’t perform, we test-drive another.  That’s such a poor way to treat actual living-breathing human beings.

I also find it may be helpful to think about it this way.  The majority of all marriages are not sexual. Perhaps close to 99% of a marriage is not sexual. So, even if you have sex every day of your life, that only accounts for a fraction of what makes up the marriage. So, in other words, sexual compatibility is not what you should be basing your future spouse on.  It’s all of the other things in a relationship and in a marriage that are far more important.

For example, are the two of you compatible in your beliefs, morals, and values?  This is one of the top reasons for failed marriages.  Failure to properly communicate is another one, not sexual incompatibility, is always a top reason for divorce.  (http://divorcehelp360.com/top-five-reasons-couples-divorce/)  Also, it’s far more beneficial for compatibility and a happy marriage to find someone you can trust, who has the ability to sacrifice when times get tough, who is always faithful, who puts you and the family before their own selfish needs, someone who is hardworking and virtuous, and doesn’t have destructive personality traits. Being best friends is far more important than being good sexual partners, and so on

All of these things are far more important than a sexual relationship, for these are the qualities needed for a lasting and happy marriage. People who focus on the sexual relationship usually miss all of these non-negotiable items.

Her:  I see what you mean.  That actually makes a lot of sense! [She things about about it quietly for a minute. Then, she seems to get a new thought.)  So, do you believe sex is important in marriage?

Me:  Absolutely! But love is the most important thing in a marriage. And sex is not love.  Sex in marriage is the expression of a deep love that is already there (or should already be there).  It’s the visible sign of love between two spouses which is why sex before marriage is a lie. When you get married, you look your spouse in the eyes, and before God, you verbally promise to give your whole self to him forever in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, until death. Then, each and every time you have sex with your spouse, you renew that promise of love made on the altar, not with words, but with your bodies. Your body speaks the language, the unspoken language of unconditional love.  So, sex is not just for kicks, but it’s sacred and

Here’s the bottom line: if you truly love a person, you would marry them no matter what the sex life will be like.  Love is love independent of sex.  And if your sex life isn’t so good in the beginning, well… you have the rest of your life together to develop a beautiful, wonderful, and fulfilling sex life together based on love, not utility. If your relationship is based on love, then the person will mean the world to you no matter what. It’s only a lack of love that treats other people like objects, reduces them merely to their sexuality, and disposes of them if and when they cease to please.

Her:  [Kind of blown away at this new understanding] Wow! That is a whole different way of looking at it, and it makes a ton of sense. I find it much more beautiful!  I can’t wait to share this with my boyfriend.

Me: Awesome! I’ll say a prayer for you! (smile) Bye.

End conversation

There is much more that could be said about this and the beauty of love and relationship, along with the many reasons so many marriages and relationships fail today. But, I would love to hear your thoughts on the conversation and ideas above. Feel free to leave a comment below. Strive for love! Real love. Not the counterfeit. To learn more about this awesome love and many pro-tips, feel free to check out my YouTube channel and the Love and Relationships folder found here. I will also be coming out with some videos on the best books and resources for dating, engagement, and marriage. God bless!

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