I was drawn into a debate with a friend, of you will regarding my religious beliefs as a catholic. He claims to be a precticing episcopal. He started questioning me about the hierarchy of the church. He said he didn’t understandthe whole idea of bishops and so forth, that they were to far removed from the…
After reading about the first 8-10 lines, it looks like the question is about the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church looks like this.
2. The Church, the People of God love and serve the Lord
3. Religious sisters (nuns) and brothers (monks) serve God and the People of God
4. Deacons serve God and the People of God (including religious)
5. Priests serve God and the People of God (including religious and deacons)
6. Bishops serve God, the local Church (the diocese, the People of God including religious, deacons, and priests)
7. The Pope serves God and the entire Church (the People of God including religious, deacons, priests, and bishops). This is why the Pope is called the servant of the servants of God.
Men who become Pope serve in lower and lower roles until they are the servants of everyone.
The hierarchy of ordained ministers in the Catholic Church mirrors how Jesus and the Apostles set up the original Christian Church. There are three levels of Holy Orders, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop.
Deacons serve the Church by assisting the bishop and priests in the celebration of the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.
Priests serve the Church as co-workers of the bishops and can lead a parish. A special title for a priest is monsignor. Priests are called presbyters in the Bible.
Bishops are the Apostles of today. Each bishop serves the Church by leading a diocese which a group of parishes centered around a large city. Special types of bishop are archbishop, cardinal, and pope (who leads the whole Church).
For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt2s…
With love in Christ.
There is a fine line and people get confused a lot. I think I do have the right to say something is a sin. That does not mean I am judging anyone or anything. Taking a life is a sin and if you disagree than we disagree. Just because someone takes a life doesn’t mean I am judging them, that is not my responsibility, that is God’s.
Some people thing that Catholics and the Traditions are all wrong and made up. People like your friend who follow scripture only have there own Traditions like scripture only. No where in scripture does it say or even hint towards scripture only. Most people like to pick and choice it is human nature.
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Debates come from people defending their own personal beliefs.
Instead of defending or not defending religion or homosexuality defend Jesus, your relationship with Him and what He tells us which is the word of the Bible.
The Bible was written by God. Many men were used to script His words. This took place over 1600 years and the evidence is in the events and the purpose of the scriptures. The purpose of the entire Bible is to tell us about our condition of being separated from God because of our sins, God’s plan to bring a Savior to die in our place for our sins, Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, that God’s prophecy has taken place and about our invitation to belong to God as His adopted children through acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and our Savior.
Very hard to read that wall of words, but ..
Just an FYI for you: Other things that are also sins or abominations according to the Bible:
– Eating shellfish
– Wearing clothes made of more than one fabric
– Getting raped (this only goes for the ladies, but you can smooth things over by marrying your rapist, so…)
– Trimming your beard or sideburns
– Getting remarried
– Planting more than one crop in a field
– Having a wet dream
– Eating rare meat
– Touching a dead animal
– Menstruating and/or earning your “red wings”
– Getting a tattoo
first off, you need to learn how to spell gospel if you intend to go passing it around. secondly, there is no way of deciphering your actual question here. thirdly, you need to remove a tonne of this text, because no one else will attempt to read this, and because there is a lack of relevance to a lot of it, i think, again, hard to say because of no apparent question here. you had the last word to what he said, are you asking what we think you should have said? clarity, please.
seeing as i prefer to believe a person should never condemn any action as wrong if it does no immediate harm, i feel your friend is correct. it’s no one’s place to judge.
With a giant wall of text obviously.
Whoa to the tower of text.
Somehow I managed to muscle through it.
I’m on your side.
Your friend is an idiot.
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maybe this will answer you some day soon.
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