J.M. + J.D.
I think I am going to be doing a weekly post of Questions I have been asked throughout the week by Catholics and non-Catholics and my answers to them. I was thinking tonight after Vespers; about all of the interesting (and sometimes silly questions I have been asked already this week)
Do animals go to Heaven after they die?
While the idea of having fido or muffy in Heaven is very cute and actually very modern however; animals have a material soul and not immortal soul. Meaning that when the body of an animal dies, so too does it's soul. However, we humans we are gifted with immortal souls and therefore, when our bodies die, our soul does not. Since we have immortal we can go to heaven or Hell and animals can not............
Why do we Catholics pray a Hail Mary when its not even in the Bible?
Lemme guess, you go to the Novus Ordo don't you?
if you read Sacred Scripture (as you should) check out, Luke 1:28 & Luke 1:42
Now, regarding the last part of the prayer the (New) Catechism explains its significance thusly:
"Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the "Mother of Mercy," the All-Holy One. We give ourselves over to her now, in the Today of our lives. And our trust broadens further, already at the present moment, to surrender "the hour of our death" wholly to her care" (paragraph 2677).
Why do you think that the Catholic Religion is the One True Religion, afterall we are all Christians....
Pope Leo XIII condemned tolerance toward Protestantism under the name of Americanism, the heresy of Americanism, to be more precise not to mention to consider heretics as Christians has NEVER been the teaching of the Church.
Before the disaster of Vatican II, the Magisterium was always crystal clear: It is not a matter of an individual’s character or traits. No one can be in the Church of Christ without professing the ensemble of the truths of Catholic Faith, being in unity with the Chair of Peter and receiving the same Seven Sacraments. The only Christian is one who accepts Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Church he established.
In short, only those who profess the one Catholic Faith and are united with the Mystical Body of Christ are members of the Church of Christ. And only those members can legitimately bear the title of honor of Christian.
The Holy Bible provides an unambiguous defense that the custody of the vineyard has been committed by Christ to the Catholic Church alone. Here are a few verses.
- “He who hears you (Peter) hears me, and he who rejects you, rejects me, and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me (Lk 10:16).” It could not be clearer: the Protestant who rejects the head, rejects Christ himself, and should not be granted the name Christian.
- Christ establishes one Church with a single head: "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt 16:19).
- St. Paul is severe in his condemnation of false teachers, e.g. Protestants: “If any man preaches any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal 1: 9).
- In another passage he instructs Catholics to remove themselves from the bad society of non-Catholics: “And we charge you, brethren, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the Tradition which they have received of us” (2 Thess 3:6).
- The Apostle St. John forbade any intercourse with heretics: “If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house or welcome him” (2 Jo 1:10)”