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Melanie Pinales wrote:

Hi, guys —

If you read Exodus 20:1-17, you can find the Ten Commandments.

If you look at the Catholic commandments, Exodus 20:4-5 (which state below) is no where to be found.

"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in Heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me."

  • Why is it that the Catholic Church feels it has the authority to change or alter what God has literally set in stone?
  • Isn't God's interpretation of His own Laws not good enough?


  { Why does the Catholic Church feels it has the authority to change or alter what God has set? }

Mike replied:

Dear Melanie,

Thanks for the question.

This is a common misperception and question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base.
There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

The Catholic Church has no authority to change or alter any of Jesus' Teachings and She doesn't. The Church is responsible for safeguarding and protecting the Teachings Our Lord left us to believe in.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found these web postings that should answer your questions:

I hope this helps,


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