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BeingJudgedByMyRelative wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a relative to runs down Catholics by saying:

  • Catholics don't go to Heaven
  • that we aren't Christians
  • that we believe we have to receive all seven sacraments which is utterly impossible for women, and
  • that we worship Mary by praying to her.

I am not good with words, although I have it in my head.

  • Can you give me the words to explain this to them?

BeingJudged

  { Can you help me reply to these false objections to the Catholic faith from my relatives? }

Bob replied:

Dear friend,

Your relative is simply ignorant. You are likely not to win her over with a battle of words but you can stand your ground.

Love her first, but simply refute her by saying that if Catholics are not Christians then there are no Christians. We are the Original True Church. We gave the world the Bible, which your friend wouldn't have without us and we have had the greatest saints and the worst sinners.

That is just how Jesus built His Church and we see that truth in the twelve Apostles, the foundation of His Church, then go study the faith so when you get into detailed discussions you can intelligently explain and defend your faith.

Start with Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism and also the Catechism and
the Scriptures. [On CD]

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear BeingJudged,

In line with Bob's answer, here is a list of CAR's.

(CAR) Catholic Apologetic Resources to defend your Catholic faith:

Web sites that assist beyond basic Catholic Catechesis and help answer common misperceptions, objections, and distortions to the Catholic faith.
   
AskACatholic.com AskACatholic.com Knowledge base
  AskAQuestion Today!
  Our AskACatholic.com Recommended Reading page
  Good Apologetic and Catechesis Sources from my AskACatholic.com Non-Wiki page
   
Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers
  Catholic Answers Quick Questions
  Catholic Answers Forum
   
Jimmy Akin The Nazareth Resource Library
   
Well-known and reliable Catholic Apologists who can help you.
   
Scott Hahn: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Patrick Madrid: Patrick Madrid
  Envoy Magazine
James Akin: The Nazareth Resource Library
  JimmyAkin.org
Tim Staples: Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Speaker
Steve Ray: Defenders of the Catholic Faith
Scott Hahn Rome Sweet Home
 
Books by Catholics that will help you defend the faith
Karl Keating
[A MUST READ]
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians"
Mark Shea By What Authority? an Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition
   
 
Books about converts to the Catholic faith
Patrick Madrid Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
  Surprised By Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons For Becoming Catholic.
  Surprised by Truth 3: 10 More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
   
Web sites that provide Catholic Catechetical, Informational, and historical information about the faith.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on-line Catechism of the Catholic Church
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia The New Advent 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic-Hierarchy.org Catholic-Hierarchy.org — An excellent resource for the current Catholic hierarchy within the Church down to the diocesan level.
   
Web sites and books on the Early Church Fathers
Web sites BibleBeltCatholics.com
  The Early Church Fathers on New Advent
   
Books Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set
 

The Fathers Know Best

   
On-line Catholic stores which provide good material
  San Juan Catholic Seminars
  St. Joseph Communications
  Ignatius Press


Pray and study! It's makes a dynamite combination!

I hope this helps,

Mike

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