Pat Phillips, President of the Catholic Defense League located in Minnesota, watches out for incidents of people attacking Catholics or the Church and is always at the ready for our defense. Recently, a regular letter writer to the Winona Daily News attacked and Pat's response was printed yesterday:
Rupkey distorts Catholic teaching to promote his brand of religion
In America, at least, one can call oneself anything, Catholic, Buddhist, or whatever.
What distinguishes a Christian from others is a belief that Christ is God. What distinguishes Catholics from other Christians is a belief that Christ established a Church and gave that Church authority to speak in his name. Further, Christ guaranteed the Church that, in matters of faith and morals, its teaching would be free from error. I quote from a speech by the newly appointed coadjutor for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Rev. John Nienstedt.
“… The church’s own understanding of herself as being authoritatively charged under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to teach in the name of Jesus on matters of faith and morals.”
The second error about Catholicism by John Rupkey has to do with homosexuality. The Church’s position regarding people afflicted with same sex attraction is crystal clear. All people, including those with homosexual attraction, are to be treated with love and respect. See the catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 2357-2359.
[...Snip] Read it all at the Winona Daily News