What it Means to be Catholic

By | September 6, 2019


Have you ever tried to teach someone
something and notice that while they’re in that learning stage they have this
tendency to try to jump ahead or even compensate for their weaknesses. Like,
when I was learning to play the guitar my teacher had to keep correcting these
little things that I was neglecting like I might started getting good at my
scales but then my rhythm playing would lag behind or I might learn how to play
these really fast riffs with my left hand but then my right hand would start
not holding the pick properly to try and compensate for what I was trying to
do. With any skill or knowledge there’s this completeness that is hard to keep in
perspective. There’s something in human nature – whether it be impatience or
vanity or just laziness that tempts us to settle for some lesser version of the
whole thing. Like some lesser version of the skill as long as it looks like we
know what we’re doing or some lesser form of knowledge as long as we still
get our credentials at the end. All the great religious traditions have
been this attempt to penetrate the mysteries of ultimate truth and ultimate
reality and come up with some understanding of it that can then be
taught to others. And just like other forms of knowledge we’ve always had this
tendency to settle for an incomplete picture about the things that we believe. But with religious truth it gets even harder because of this dimension of
mystery because the truth, the whole truth, is far bigger than we are. Whether
or not God exists, one thing that is for sure is that there is a God sized
something behind all reality. Like the universe, they tell us, had a beginning
and whatever initiated it was some incredible power and that power either
has to be someone or something but whatever it was it was God sized – as in
too big for our limited comprehension. And this is a problem for us because it
means that we have to put up with the role of mystery in accessing this idea
of truth and this makes us feel small and humble and vulnerable and for
whatever reason we really don’t like that. GK Chesterton has this great quote
about the difference between poets and logicians. He says the poet only asks to
get his head inside the heavens but the logician tries to get the heavens inside
his head and it’s his head that splits. Whatever our picture of ultimate
truth is, it should be big and it should allow room for mystery. As soon as we
realize that the heavens don’t fit in our heads, though, we have this temptation
to settle for a incomplete version that does fit in our heads and this is what
the Catholic Church has always tried to push back against and admittedly not
without its own stumbles along the way. The word Catholic was first used by
Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the year 107 AD in a way that described the universality of the church as found in the ministry
of its bishops. Now, he was portraying a Church that was united as a whole rather
than one isolated by its constituent parts. Fast forward a few centuries and
St. Augustine used the word to differentiate between heretical factions
and the true Church because by then there had already been several attempts
to try to reduce the scope of the Christian faith to cheaper
rationalizations. You see, Catholicism describes itself as the fullness of the
faith, but from the very beginning there were people who wanted a faith that they
could rationalize; one that would fit within their limited capacity to reason;
one that didn’t accept the residency of mystery and this is what all the major
heresies attempt to do. So among the earliest heresies there was Arianism
which couldn’t make sense of how Jesus could be both divine and human so they
just went with human. And then there was Gnosticism which was this sort of
strange regression of Judaism and Christianity into a kind of quasi
pantheism which is like the default human spirituality. Then there was
Pelagianism which couldn’t make sense of God’s grace as a necessary component of
salvation so they just went with this idea that you can save yourself through
your own moral effort. So then, fast-forward a thousand years or so and
we come to the Protestant revolution which was grounded in the Sola doctrines,
Sola being Latin for alone and the alone doctrines were these kinds of reductions
where they said things like we are saved by faith alone or scripture alone is our
authority and this created a more simplistic and narrow view of the
Christian faith. And with each new proposition the Catholic Church’s
response is always to say, “No, the truth is bigger than what you’re offering here. You need to widen the scope of your lens to account for the need for mystery. Stop
choosing a version of truth just because you can more easily manage it
intellectually.” So the definition of the word Catholic that I’ve always felt best
represented this dynamic is “According to the Whole” because the church has always
maintained and preserved the whole vista of truth even when we wanted to narrow
our gaze and focus on one small aspect of truth. So, it’s not something like
faith alone – it’s faith and love. It’s not something like scripture alone – it’s
scripture and tradition. Catholic in this sense means not narrow-minded. It doesn’t
accept some counterfeit, small, compromised version of the truth just
because it’s more palatable. And this isn’t just with religious
doctrines. Whenever you hear two people arguing from polarized positions on the
political spectrum don’t you just feel like they’re missing the bigger picture? Because truth isn’t some small point on a spectrum of ideas. It doesn’t acquiesce
to the fanaticism of false dichotomies. And this is what it means to be Catholic:
you’re someone who refuses to be narrow-minded and tempted away from the big picture. You’re someone who refuses to be seduced by polarized ideologies. So
when someone tells you that you should be a socialist because you believe in
caring for the marginalized, you remember that confiscating other people’s private
property isn’t the path to justice, when someone tells you that you should be
Protestant because they have less rules, you remember that less doesn’t
necessarily mean more in this case, and when someone tells you that science is
the only way to know what is true, you remember that there are dimensions of
truth that exists outside our intellectual capacity. Thanks so much for
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86 thoughts on “What it Means to be Catholic

  1. Caleb La Grange Post author

    this is the 2018 version of burning heretics at the stake, keep 'em coming Brian 😆

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  2. Nick Boldan Post author

    Your message – that what can't be explained about the world is a mystery that one should accept – can be (and has been) used by just about every religious, spiritual and philosophical system in history to dodge the illogical, inconsistent, nonsensical elements of its system.
    There are so many questions raised by Christianity that deserve clear answers, and if someone refuses to accept your claims because your arguments and evidence don't hold up to scrutiny, that can't just be brushed aside with a Chesterton quote about man's inability to accept mystery.
    All I hear is, "We don't know how to explain our bullshit, so just take it as a mystery".
    Was there a historical Adam and Eve, which Evolution seriously calls into question? Doesn't God's perfect foreknowledge invalidate free will? Does the Bible have any errors or inconsistencies (to which most modern historians and scholars would say, "yes")? Why did God order innocent women & children to be slaughtered in a genocide in the Old Testament?

    You talked about being open-minded. So would you practice what you preach: are you willing to consider the possibility that Christianity is not true? Would you ever question a certain Catholic dogma if you seriously felt it was untrue?

    I offer you a much better vision of the world, a much better explanation for many of the questions we seek. It is a system of thought called Process Theology, one that has helped me and many others, including former Catholics, tremendously on my spiritual journey. It makes no divine claims for itself, offers a holistic picture that incorporates scientific, moral, aesthetic, philosophical and religious ideas in a beautiful way, and has no dogmatic requirements – only your interest and willingness to learn. Here is an awesome little video that gives a lovely introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=SlZlBhYgw14

    I would love for you to engage in a discussion with me on this. Let's move closer to truth together @BrianHoldsworth

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  3. Mfundo Mzolo Post author

    This is so powerful,the most inspiring video I've seen to date

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  4. tipofmytongue1024 Post author

    Do you attend a Traditional Parish or a Novus Ordo Mass? I grew up in the Novus Ordo and recently discovered the Latin Mass. Always was aware of it like it was this big secret in the Church but never attended it until now. The difference is astounding.
    I never really ever liked the "Let us offer each other a sign of peace" even when I was a kid. So when I attended the Latin Mass and that wasn't there, I was overjoyed. LOL or even when the Pastor would make jokes in the sermon..or people clapping after Mass is over, it even happened in Adoration, people clapping….I'm like y'all know The Lord is present right? I was guilty of joining the clapping when I was younger, now I know better. Just my two cents rant.

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  5. Ok Catholics Post author

    Dude this is great! Next talk about Molinism!

    But seriously, I'm probably going to reference this in another video. This is excellent.

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  6. lapalabrasinfin Post author

    Hello, I'm a catholic woman living in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Are you a member of Opus Dei?

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  7. buffdrink Post author

    another great video, Brian! 🙂 I dont understand why your channel is not growing faster…

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  8. Dallas McQuarrie Post author

    Brian, you spoke for seven minutes about 'What it Means to be a Catholic.' and never once broached the topic what being a disciple of Christ means, our relationship our relationship to Jesus as the Incarnate word, the love of God and love of neighbor as self as being the two greatest commandments. Yes, we seek truth and acknowledge mystery, but it was Jesus who declared 'I am the way, the TRUTH and the life.' It's easy to say 'Scripture and Tradition,' but when there is a debate over what Tradition really is, who decides (that's why the Petrine Ministry is so important to Catholics)? Yes, we are a religion that seeks truth while embracing mystery, but to even imply that people who are not Catholic are somehow 'narrow minded' and less open to truth than we are is uncomfortably close to the position taken by the Pharisee in the temple thanking God that he was not like other men. While we as Catholics are anxious to share what we have, we can also learn from others because the flow of God's grace is not limited by sectarian boundaries.

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  9. Regina Smith Post author

    Wow, thanks Brian, I already agreed with all your points but I love how you presented them and you widened my appreciation of these truths. God bless you and your family and your mission.

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  10. Paul-talk Post author

    great video – but the hucksterism… well, good for you! ☺

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  11. Be A Saint Post author

    Love this! Well said. History and Mystery – amen!

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  12. Tom Rosete Post author

    word of the day,,take note people,, MYSTERY,,God bless
    m/

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  13. J M Post author

    Brian, with your growing channel that deals with media and religion, have you learned about St Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculatae? I think you could do such good for the church as a Knight for the Immaculate Virgin, promoting devotion to her, encouraging devotion to the Miraculous medal, discussing the errors of Freemasons.

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  14. Martin Horvatić Post author

    Great argumentation, love it. Keep up the good work, Brian!

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  15. Paulo Ícaro Post author

    Man, you just have read my mind. It is basically a compilation of my insight. Great to see that someone else did it too. God bless you very much.

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  16. Tim Wik Post author

    when i see a catholic speaking, I can't stop thinking that he got about 3 iq. Even when he's trying to say intelligent things. 🙂

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  17. Elspeth Silverstar Post author

    Awesome. I'm going to offer this to a pagan friend who is going to have some questions about my reversion to faith.

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  18. acat543 Post author

    Religion is a scam, God is a scam, Jesus is a scam, the real truth is on the website TheyFly.com. research it, and wake up people!

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  19. Joseph Stine Post author

    I'M NOT CATHOLIC!….I'M NOT CATHOLIC….I'M NOT CATHOLIC!…..I'M NOT CATHOLIC!….I'M NOT CATHOLIC!

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  20. Romas Tautavičius Post author

    Pray
    Lord Jesus,I'm sinner.Please save me. I believe you died for me sins. Please come into my heart and be my personal saviour

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  21. Craig Fetter Post author

    It means your lost and dedicated to following an antichrist and Mary. Heck, even SHE KNEW SHE NEEDED A SAVIOR.

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  22. Craig Fetter Post author

    I confess I didn't watch the whole video now that I have you were definitely lost in dribble drabble and defining words that you have no business defining Catholic means Universal. The Catholic church plans to bring all religions together that's why they created Islam because they couldn't get them to come over so they just made them separate and then they'll bring them in the fold late and that's why the pope is speaking and telling atheist that they'll go to heaven and tell him gay people go to heaven you're all sick the Bible is the truth the truth is found nowhere else it's in 66 books you should read them cover to cover

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  23. Daniel Ketler Post author

    Hey! At 5:12, you say, "it's faith and love," and then, "it's scripture and tradition". The second, scripture versus tradition, is a popular disagreement among Christians. Following that train of thought, I'd expect you to say "faith and works". Why do you say "faith and love"? Or am I reading too much into this?

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  24. James Marvin Post author

    I remain a protestant, although a lot unorthodox I suppose. One of my favorite things to see is catholics acting in roughly the manner you are in your video sets. You see I believe there are christians in all walks of faith and there are those who are not in many christian walks of faith. But it's not my place to determine which is which. In the last ten years I have learned a lot about what makes liturgy important to my Lutheran mother in law. The many ways those traditions reinforce her position making her family feel safe in their faith. I have an appreciation for that coming from a protestant background which is incredibly chaotic. This is admirable in your people and to be held up. And more importantly something to be sought by those who have lost it in large part. However lest I give a dishonest praise and artificially "puff u up" which by my interpretation of the gospel is to be avoided for what I see as obvious reasons; The struggle you pointed out concerning calling men father is a real thing for a lot of people. And I think most sit on either a catholic side of "it wasn't literal" or a protestant side of God is father and no other no not even our biological in the end only God. Although that itself is seen un-literally by Protestants. The thruth I believe is that it was a warning after adoration. Similar to the warnings concerning wolves in sheep's clothing. And the Catholic Faith comes dangerously close for a lot of those practicing it to outright adoration of the pope.So there are some criticisms but we should try not to let those make us assume none exist in either camp of right mind or of zero likeness to Christ. Try not to be too rough on us in your quest to support your own faith brother. We don't need to consolidate Denominations to simply achieve simply not judging and hating a vessel we are not privy to the whole of. Anyhow, God Bless your road if your intentions are true.

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  25. Smeaton Lighthouse Post author

    It means that you are being deluded by a corrupt system of religious hypocrisy and lies. A system which denies the Headship of Christ by having an earthly head in the Pope. A system which denies the Holy Spirit by having Priests with the power to forgive sins. A system which denies the Lordship of Christ by having Mary on a par as regards prayer and worship. A system which is condemning millions of followers to a lost eternity by trying to add the law and works to the finished work of redemption by Jesus Christ and thereby making Grace to be of non effect. A system which present faith as what man can do for God, instead of what God has done for man in Christ Jesus. I could go on, but there you go . . . .

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  26. SurfK9 Post author

    1:39 Had to pause right there. "The universe they tell us, had a begining". Who are they? Are they qualified? Most likely you are referring to the Big Bang. While it is considered an event, it is in no way determined to be a begining. The begining of the universe as we see it now, yes. But the universe had a form prior to the Big Bang. Please rely on cosmologist for information.

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  27. More Love Post author

    Take the Eucharist, Chris will manifest in you. Christ has he offered himself to us, he's pure love. Without his love we would cease to be.

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  28. Stan Stevens Post author

    Catholicism… billions of dollars worth of assets while people go hungry.

    Safe haven for child molesters.

    Selling salvation for money.

    Perpetuating a mythological dogma without proof.

    Catholicism, intellectual cancer of the human race. The Pope actually whispered to Stephen Hawkins not to delve beyong the Big Bang as that was the realm of god… open minded? I think not.

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  29. kat cogge Post author

    I enjoy your videos, but you do not know very much about what non-Catholic Christians believe, or you would not  make most of the comments you do in this video. You are making extremely generalized statements about what non Catholics believe, as if you interviewed everyone and have come to a consensus. Absolutely no one I know would say to a Catholic " you should become a protestant, it's easier , less rules'. That is absurd. Kind of reminds me of the Jewish converts who wanted all the gentiles converts to perform all the Jewish rituals , until Paul protested (hmmm, Paul protested, hmmm)   I was raised a Catholic, attended parochial schools, and do not find being a non Catholic any easier, although I am grateful for the faith that was instilled in me through it. I am no longer a Catholic, but I am still following Christ  which is not easy, but it is by far the most meaningful, joyful, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually satisfying lifestyle. That is why I like your videos, until you fall into the Roman Catholic idea that you are a member of the one true church: you are, but not because you are a Catholic, but because you are a Christ follower.

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  30. Stephen Golden Post author

    I sense you are far more conservative than myself, but no one could consider this video as anything but great. I shall always look forward to what you have to say. Kudos.

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  31. TheGerogero Post author

    I'm going to carry on that Chesterton quote.

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  32. john doe Post author

    I'm glad I came across your channel, good content! Keep up the good work!

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  33. Deborah Sanders Post author

    I love your videos. Keep it up. I am a new catholic. I look forward to this.

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  34. Jim Chumley Post author

    You must be born again.Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Please leave this man made cult.

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  35. D Imek Post author

    Your videos state things so clearly and are so easy to understand, it's a pleasure to watch and listen to these videos!

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  36. Michael GH Post author

    I’m not Protestant (unCatholic) because there are less rules, I’m Protestant because what I read in the Bible about the Church and Jesus, doesn’t line up with Catholic doctrine. Just an FYI. (Coming from a former Catholic) I appreciate your videos though!

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  37. Siluleko Mkhize Post author

    WOW I'm happy to hear such a joyful truth, very poignant and impartial. Thanks

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  38. kneelingcatholic Post author

    Might help your presentation to include the earlier heresy of modalism(s). It also fits your paradigm of oversimplifications. Well done!

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  39. Rolf Leseratz Post author

    If you are catholic you are extremely stupid,

    There are no gods.

    You are too stupid to understand the Big Bang theory.

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  40. Dave Nevins Post author

    Here's Peter Kreeft on "70×7 Reasons — Catholic and Protestant" — unity in Christ emphasized by Pope Francis. Also not the angel at 38 minutes! Enjoy
    https://youtu.be/zH2CVBQLNpQ?list=PLVnh-RJrG2kUFIpLkPBSKN9yRDlNJ0pb1

    A good summary (but the angels are in the audio)
    https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-I-m-both-Catholic-and-Protestant

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  41. Richard Benitez Post author

    For me Brian is trying to add to the faith and practice of Catholics to remind us that our knowledge of who god is can never be fully known and our practice cannot be fully appreciated. Brian is saying to be catholic is to understand this. From our earliest instruction as a K-3 kid this open ended ness is taught as a reverence for which we bow in submission to god. Isaiah 55;8-9 is …for my thoughts are not your thoughts.. And Isaiah 55:11 …my word will not return to me empty”.. The Orthodox Church actively discourages theological inquiry or the faithful from speculating to deeply on the faith. The orthodox asks the faithful to accept the mystery of that which is holy. Brian is asking Catholics to appreciate the depth the church brings to each of us. Unfortunately, Catholics can be too influenced by Protestant theology where god is almost reduced to a thin knowable entity and our relationship to god as a Protestant is almost fully understand able.

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  42. Jane Dough Post author

    Even Abraham Lincoln – back in his day – called out Rome for who – and what – they are.
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    The following quotes are from the book, “Fifty Years in the Church of Rome” by Charles Chiniquy, who was a priest in the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years and later left the Roman church and became a Presbyterian pastor. He was a close friend of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln and had several personal interviews with him.
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    The following are quotes from Abraham Lincoln during one of his talks with Charles Chiniquy. Read http://www.biblebelievers.com/chiniquy/cc50_ch61.html for the entire text.

    “It is with the Southern leaders of this civil war as with the big and small wheels of our railroad cars. Those who ignore the laws of mechanics are apt to think that the large, strong, and noisy wheels they see are the motive power, but they are mistaken. The real motive power is not seen; it is noiseless and well concealed in the dark, behind its iron walls. The motive power are the few well-concealed pails of water heated into steam, which is itself directed by the noiseless, small but unerring engineer’s finger.
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    “The common people see and hear the big, noisy wheels of the Southern Confederacy’s cars; they call they Jeff Davis, Lee, Toombs, Beauregard, Semmes, ect., and they honestly think that they are the motive power, the first cause of our troubles. But this is a mistake. The true motive power is secreted behind the thick walls of the Vatican, the colleges and schools of the Jesuits, the convents of the nuns, and the confessional boxes of Rome.
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    “There is a fact which is too much ignored by the American people, and with which I am acquainted only since I became President; it is that the best, the leading families of the South have received their education in great part, if not in whole, from the Jesuits and the nuns. Hence those degrading principles of slavery, pride, cruelty, which are as a second nature among so many of those people. Hence that strange want of fair play, humanity; that implacable hatred against the ideas of equality and liberty as we find them in the Gospel of Christ. You do not ignore that the first settlers of Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, South California and Missouri were Roman Catholics, and that their first teachers were Jesuits. It is true that those states have been conquered or bought by us since. But Rome had put the deadly virus of her antisocial and anti-Christian maxims into the veins of the people before they became American citizens.
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    Unfortunately, the Jesuits and the nuns have in great part remained the teachers of those people since. They have continued in a silent, but most efficacious way, to spread their hatred against our institutions, our laws, our schools, our rights and our liberties in such a way that this terrible conflict became unavoidable between the North and the South. As I told you before, it is to Popery that we owe this terrible civil war.
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    “I would have laughed at the man who would have told me that before I became the President. But Professor Morse (Samuel Morse, the man who invented the telegraph and who also warned extensively about Jesuit infiltration and its undermining American culture) has opened my eyes on that subject. And now I see that mystery (also known as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT of Revelation 17:5); I understand that engineering of hell which, though not seen or even suspected by the country, is putting in motion the large, heavy, and noisy wheels of the state cars of the Southern Confederacy. Our people is not yet ready to learn and believe those things, and perhaps it is not the proper time to initiate them to those dark mysteries of hell; it would throw oil on a fire which is already sufficiently destructive.
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    “You are almost the only one with whom I speak freely on that subject. But sooner or later the nation will know the real origin of those rivers of blood and tears, which are spreading desolation and death everywhere. And then those who have caused those desolations and disasters will be called to give an account of them.
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    “I do not pretend to be a prophet. But though not a prophet, I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome. It is filled with tears of blood. It will rise and increase till its flanks will be torn by a flash of lightning, followed by a fearful peal of thunder. Then a cyclone, such as the world has never seen, will pass over this country, spreading ruin and desolation from north to south. After it is over, there will be long days of peace and prosperity: for Popery, with its Jesuits and merciless Inquisition, will have been for ever swept away from our country. Neither I nor you, but our children, will see those things.”.
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  43. Simon Stokvis Post author

    To be a catholic means….: ..not to beleave in the second coming of Yeshua .
    …it also means to believe that the pope is a holy man.
    …to believe that sunday is the day of rest , instead of the Biblical Shabbat on saturday.
    …to believe that Constantine and pope Sylvester were of higher authority than the Word of Ha Shem the most High..!
    …to believe that 'Jesus ' was born on christmas .

    ..to believe He died on a Friday and rose on sunday ( three days and three nights …HUH…??).

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  44. MegaRoadwolf Post author

    Excellent video. Keep up the great work you've been doing, and don't get discouraged by the naysayers. God Bless you and your family.

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  45. Mac Tíre Post author

    don't you love that filioque, the ishmael blood borg supremacist sure hate its not all in the father eh?

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  46. fcastellanos57 Post author

    Brian, go to the scriptures. You or anybody don’t have to belong to any religion, Catholic, protestant, Orthodox etc, to be a follower of Christ. Use the Scriptures as the source of your christian knowledge. Most of our true understanding comes from our relationship with the Holy Spirit. As we read the scriptures we understand more what the real point of the christian faith is which what I have found is, the main point of Jesus’s death and resurrection is to first forgive our sins so that the Father can send us His Spirit to make us a new creation by the union of His Spirit and our spirit and then by our obedience and denial of ourselves, we can grow in true righteousness which God gives, by producing in us the Fruit of the Spirit. That’s Christianity in a nutshell. Of course, we are looking forward to the new body Jesus promised we were to receive just like his, a spiritual but physical body that never dies or gets old or anything of that sort, in addition, there is the new heavens and the new earth God is also planing for us to live in. We are more than victorious but it starts with faith and continues with it all the way through.

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  47. Mark Saunders Post author

    So sad that so many parishioners no longer go to Confession! I am lucky that in my parish in North Wales we have the Traditional Latin Mass once per calendar month at a local church. Keep going Brian as your videos are a great help, thank you.

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  48. Paul Poulin Post author

    Thank you for all your excellent use of God's gift to you of your healthy and STRONG intellect. Be well.

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  49. Dominic Post author

    WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CATHOLIC!
    it means to believe in the systemic blasphemy of GOD THE FATHER!
    it means praying and worshipping or revereing statues of dead people!
    It means going into a closet and telling your sins to a man of questionable morals and character!
    It means thinking that this man you have told your innermost secrets to can magically forgive your sins!
    I it means thinking that dead people can hear you and put a good word in for you to GOD!
    It means believing traditions,and word of mouth theology!
    It means believing in a nonexistent place called purgatory where you will be punished but you can lessen
    Your punishment by buying time off (indulgences from the Vatican!)
    It means if you eat meat on Friday,you will go to hell.
    It means going to hell for your foolishness!
    it means GOD will deal with you severely for making a mockery of HIM,AND HIS SON!
    BE YE. NOT. DECEIVED. GOD. IS. NOT MOCKED!

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  50. Francesco Nesi Post author

    Thanks, I've never really considered my faith from this point of view. God bless you.

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  51. Suger Babe Post author

    Good job! Very concise and to the point! I grew up the daughter of a Church of Christ minister. There isn't a more anti-catholic group out there. I was a christian my whole life but had a very small piece of the pie. I have the whole pie now 😉

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  52. Billy Post author

    For 24yrs i was a Roman Catholic
    Till 1996 i read The Holy Bible n became Catholic!
    Praise Our Lord GOD JESUS CHRIST!!!

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  53. Michael Felix Post author

    What it means to be a pedophile more like. Strange thing to see long hair on a man.

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  54. Kanut Post author

    Man I discovered your channel two days ago by hazard. I'm really impressed by the amount and the quality of thinking that you bring with your videos. This video particularly is awesome. I live in France and sadly we don't have people here that continue to produce some progress in the spirituality. Keep going on

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  55. Tin Man Post author

    Yeah, the universe is mystery upon mystery. And mystery is another word for uncertainty. Every scientific discovery yields more questions than answers. When I was your age I though it most important to know whether religious doctrine is true. I found only doubt & uncertainty. Now, I think the important question is whether religious principles benefit us or hinder us. If religion causes us to live happier, more productive lives then I'd call it a good thing even though we'll never know whether the God we pray to in church is what we imagine or if he's actually listening.

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  56. Carole-Anne Ferré Post author

    OH MY GOD Brian, I've never heard something speak so accurately of the Catholic Church. It is all about pull up people because we knoe human nature fight between darkness and good. Catholicism is a beauty for our soul because it is both within us but also above and we cannot do anything about it or believe in God and accept his mystery.

    And I agree that protestants (all its denimination included) miss something. They are narrow minded.

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  57. Emma Grant Post author

    Also thnx so much for this video I needed to explain what it mean for an assessment

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  58. Hadil Djahra Post author

    Islam is the true religion please follow and read the meaning of the quarn

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  59. Lynn Lamont Post author

    It means supporting the world's largest criminal organization and pedophile ring.

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  60. Curtis Jones Post author

    What it means to be catholic?? It means that you don't believe the Bible, you don't believe GOD, you believe a MAN who is a LIAR and a DEVIL. He CAN'T forgive SINS. He's a PIMP for the "great whore", the catholic cult.

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  61. william cloud Post author

    You bought a lie instead of the truth. Your system is satan's headquarters. The demons in you hate scripture. It's because like the Bible says you are drunk off he doctrines. You couldn't understand the Bible if you tried. You need the real Jesus. Not this mystery religion. Mother of harlots. Remember my post on judgement Day. You can stay in or come out of her as the Lord commands. Please tell me where in these scriptures (Truth) can you find not bible alone?

    Most Relevant Verses

    Revelation 22:18-19

    I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

    Deuteronomy 4:2

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    "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

    Proverbs 30:6

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    Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

    Proverbs 30:5-6

    Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

    Deuteronomy 12:32

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    "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.

    Matthew 22:29

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    But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

    Mark 7:13

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    thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that."

    Genesis 3:1-4

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"read more.

    Matthew 24:24

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    "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

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  62. Eduardo Valentin-Morales Post author

    I think I speak for all the Orthodox watching this video who are also nodding their heads in affirmation of these statements. What I do find curious though is that while some of Catholicism is like this, all we have to do is look at the scholastic tradition of the Roman church to see that its not really true. Men like Anselm, and Aquinas were all about using rationalistic means to discover the truth and it is with Anselm that the idea of Christ assuming our debt and thereby facing the wrath of God as a result is gotten from which leads to the incomplete picture of atonement which is penal substitution. I hope there are more thinkers like you brian which acknowledge and affirm the mystery and reject all forms of rationalistic reductions of the mysteries of the faith!

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