"May I inquire as to what this "full revelation" is that the Catholics know, yet the other sects are clueless about?"-your quote
The Church has been around fro nearly 2000 years. Protestant sects around 500 or so years. How many Protestant sects are there? A whole lot. How
many Catholic Churches are there? Just one. Protestants broke from the original Church for human motives and goals, they didn't give the Church a
chance to reform and were impatient, and broke off.
Why isn't there one Protestant church? Why so many sects? It is because of people's own private revelations and interpretations which they had no
authority to proclaim, more on this latter. Some sects do away or belittle the Sacraments (part of the revelations of Jesus). Jesus gave us all of the
Sacraments of the Church except marriage (marriage is blessed by God and between an man and a women, a covenant). The sects can't agree on anything
and it seems if things get tough, they bail and make their own "church". No continuity.
I see it as the Catholics have the full stain glass window while our Protestant brothers and sisters have the same stainglass with little opaque
pieces inserted in key spots.
The Catholic Church is active in ecumenism and it is a top priority for the Church.
It is "an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does"-That All Be One.
I acknowledge, respect, and praise what we have in common with the Protestant sects. We all have faith in one God,his Son, and the Holy Spirit. We
believe the Bible is the living word of God. We both believe in the power of prayer,grace, hope, and love. We have baptism and we commemorate the
Lord's Supper, we work for the coming of the kingdom and we strive to follow God's morale laws. Protestants are saved by their faith and baptism,
they are my brothers and sisters in God.
There is a wounded unity in Christ. This happened because humans chose and still choose to preach their own message instead of heeding to the Gospel
call of the Lords to repentance and service. The Holy Spirit can bring about things that us humans can't and we are united together in the love of
Christ. We stand together as a beacon in a world searching for the Truth, if we aren't united we will fall.
"I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with the Catholic Church keeping Jesus' teachings fully. Please show me where Jesus taught of
Protestants don't believe in confessions or Purgatory as Catholics do. Indulgences link to the Sacrament of Confession. I'll give you link about
indulgences for you to read: www.catholic.com...
and another link dispells the myth about them:
Let me know if it explains it to you, and if you don't understand I'll try to break it down to you.
"My mother was Catholic for a time and I attended a Catholic highschool, and most of the people (not all) seemed to have a "holier than thou"
I'm sorry to hear this about the attitudes. By concentrating on Jesu and letting go of these attitudes on both sides we can be the beacons of light
in this world as we are called to be.
[edit on 10-14-2004 by Cearbhall]