Maris Sanner's April 30 letter “Catholic catechism” was a distorted attack on Catholic beliefs.
Catholics did not change the Ten Commandments. There are simply two different ways of counting them, both of which are ancient and equally valid. The numbering that Western Catholics adhere to originated with St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430). The fine print of the catechism acknowledges the acceptability of the Protestant and Eastern Orthodox numbering.
Catholics do use images in prayer and worship. So did the ancient Israelites, who carved images of angels near the mercy seat in the temple and erected a brass serpent in the desert to heal the rebellious mob of their snakebites. They did this at God's command. They were not idolatrous and neither is Catholic worship.
Modern Scripture scholars agree that Peter, not Jesus, is the rock Christ refers to in Matthew 16:18. They differ on what this implies for the modern church, but none take Ms. Sanner's position.
Mary, the mother of God, is “blessed,” according to Luke 1:46. She is not an idol or a threat. She leads us to Jesus.
And the pope is not a dictator or an enemy. He is the apostolic successor of Peter, the bishop of Rome, the humble “servant of the servants of God.”
If one trusts in biblical inerrancy, one must trust the Catholic Church and pope. They have determined and approved the validity of Scripture, the canon of the Bible at the Council of Carthage (A.D. 397). The Catholic Church is the “pillar and bulwark of truth” (Timothy 3:15) and long precedes Sanner's Bible.
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