Tuesday, September 9, 2008
CATHOLICISM AND LOGIC
There is a logic to Catholicism. While the innumerable protestant denominations struggle with issues such as embryonic stem cell research, abortion, same sex marriage, the Catholic Church has the advantage of the papacy which can speak to these and other issues by virtue of the apostolic authority of the successor of Peter. Even if one denies the notion of that succession, one must admit that the appeal of the apostolic succession and authority is a plus if true. Christ established the Church and said the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, that He would be with it always. Did He desire that the Christianity would be split into countless factions, each with their own monopoly on truth? I am convinced the answer is no. I think if one reads the earliest fathers of the Church, he or she will see that the primacy of Peter and his successors is evident. It is one of the reasons intelligent men and women throughout history have embraced the Church (Augustine, Edith Stein, G.K. Chesterton, Malcolm Muggeridge, Thomas Merton, John Henry Newman: converts all).