Which Catholic Church? (part 3)
Do you know what an imprimatur is? This is the statement of approval given to theological material by a Bishop which states that the material (book, article, etc.) is in full accord with the Catholic faith. A while back, I came across a book published in the early 1970's. It was teaching about prayer and faith. The book had an imprimatur. I was shocked. It was essentially protestant theology (trust me, I used to believe that way of thinking myself). It was so far off in its theology that I had to burn it. I did not want anyone to read its contents and be led astray.
Now here is the biggest problem, what did that imprimatur mean? It certainly did not mean what it was supposed to mean: consistency with the Catholic faith. Instead it meant that the Bishop (who will remain nameless to protect the guilty) was unorthodox, and was actively promoting a reinvention (or maybe destruction) of the Catholic faith in the name of protestantism. I am not attacking protestants (they do that fine on their own), but I am saying that Catholicism is not protestantism, and to try to convert the Catholic Church into a version of protestantism is to seek to be at war with God.
It is a truly sad state of affairs if someone was led to join the Catholic faith with the understanding that "it's just like protestantism, but has some catholic-ish stuff" (and, yes, I know some people who were told this damnable lie). So, once again, which Church were you taught about? Was it a pseudo-Catholic Church that is a modernist, mushy, pop-culture, entertainment club? Or was it the Church that the martyrs spilled their blood for? Was it the Church that has held the same faith for 2000 years and suffered to keep? This is the Church that Jesus shed His blood to create and redeem. This is the one that we are supposed to stand fast in, rejoicing that we are the Bride of Christ.