“You Catholics think your Church is right and every other Christian Church and denomination is wrong. How can you be so arrogant?”
Before even beginning to wonder if there might be truth to this claim, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone thinks their position is right. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be their position. If they thought their position was wrong, they’d take another one. Baptists think they’re at least basically “right.” So do Lutherans. So do Presbyterians. And so do Catholics. This isn’t an argument against Catholicism any more than it is against any position a person might hold.
But it’s also not true that Catholics believe every other church is wrong in everything it believes and teaches. What Catholics believe is that in the Catholic Church, the fullness of what Christ and the apostles wanted us to know has been preserved intact and passed down through the ages. Other Christian churches possess much of that truth and the Church teaches us that the Holy Spirit uses those churches as “means of salvation.” With this in mind, Catholics are instructed to treat non-Catholic Christians “with respect and affection as brothers,” to love them and pray for the Church to be one day reunited as one.
There are many, many great resources out there for learning about the Catholic Church. Here are some of our favorites.
A FEW GREAT VIDEOS
A FEW GREAT TALKS
by Patrick Madrid
For those who aren’t Catholic, it may not be apparent why one should embrace the Catholic Faith. Here In Patrick Madrid gives ten reasons why he loves being Catholic. Digging into Scripture and history he shares valuable insights into the beauty of the Catholic Church and its claim to contain the fullness of the deposit of faith given by Christ.
by Scott Hahn
In the Creed we recite each Sunday we confess our faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In this series, Scott Hahn examines these four defining characteristics of the Catholic Church and how they are rooted in Scripture and in the ancient Christian Faith. A beautiful look into the true nature of the Church!
with Jimmy Akin & Dr. Anthony Pezzotta
In is a informative debate between two passionate experts with diametrically opposing views, former Evangelical Protestant Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers says, “Yes!” Former Catholic priest Anthont Pezzotta of Conservative Baptists International says, “No!” Listen and learn.
A FEW GREAT BOOKS
by Fr. Paul Haffner
Here is a beautifully systematic, clear and in-depth treatment of the Catholic teaching on the Church. The author covers the origin and nature of the Church, the Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, Peter and the Papacy, the necessity of the Church and tons more. Great book!
This is really interesting and enlightening read. Devon Rose is a convert to Catholicism. In this book he compares and contrasts Catholicism and Protestantism by showing the implications of rejecting the Catholic view of the Church. It’s really good.
by Fr. Louis Bouyer
Simply one of the best books on the Catholic doctrine of the Church you will ever read. A former Lutheran, Fr Bouyer looks at the Reformation views of the Church and focuses on how the Catholic Church has viewed itself throughout history and especially now after Vatican II.