Originally posted by divegeester
Whilst the Roman Catholic Church is one of the biggest religions in the world in terms of cash and members it really does stretch Christian precepts and doctrine to the absolute ridiculous.
The Pope being the reincarnation of Peter?
The Pope being the "Vicar of Christ" i.e. in place of Christ!
Calling a priest "Fat ...[text shortened]... lic Church has nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity except in name.
Firstly, your criticisms should not be directed exclusively at the Roman Catholic Church. As I have pointed out, possibly a twenty or so times before, the Orthodox Christians share many dogmas and practices with Catholics and they are not a minority that can be easily dismissed. The Orthodox churches exist in all Europe. Greece and Russia are predominantly Orthodox. Furthermore, there are some Anglicans ('high church' Anglicans) who accept the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and retain many Catholic liturgies (and also have monasteries).
I also suggest you familiarise yourself with Catholicism before you begin to criticise. Here are some points to consider:
1 Catholics are not obliged to accept transubstantiation. Transubstantiation is only a theological explanation for the dogma of the Real Presence and Catholics are free to reject it. A Catholic need not be an Aristotlean; he is only obliged to believe that the consecrated bread and wine truly is the body and blood of Christ. This is not without scriptural authority.
2. The Pope is not the reincarnation of Peter -- he is only the successor. I don't see a problem with this.
3. Every priest acts 'in the place of Christ' in the celebration of the sacraments. It is not uniquely a papal charism.
4. Everyone calls their biological father 'Father'. I do not think that Jesus really would have challenged that and I do not see why he would challenge the use of the title 'Father' by clerics. You will find Christians all over the world also address their teacher as 'Teacher'. In British courts, a judge is also called 'lord'. Do you criticise that as well?
5. I think you are woefully confused about the rosary. This is not a 'charm'. The beads are used as a way of keeping count of prayers. Traditionally, the rosary is prayed by repeating the Hail Mary ten times, followed by an Our Father. This is repeated five times. For each ten beads, the person is to reflect on one of the mysteries of Christ and a particular gospel scene. The beads are a helpful way to keep track. There is no magic.
6. Catholics do not believe Mary to be mediator between man and Christ. Some Catholics, a minority, believe that Mary is co-redemptrix. They argue that Mary's willingness to surrender herself to God and give birth to Jesus was essential for the salvation of mankind. This however has never been declared a dogma.
7. You will find that Orthodox Christians, Anglicans and Lutherans also have special clerical garb.