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Subject: Questions about Catholic Apologetics Date: 11/7/2001 8:26 AM
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This thread picks up on the Mormon sermon thread, which became more about Catholic apologetics.

Question for you: Why do some non catholic churches name their church St. Jerome or St. "whatever" when they seem (to me) to deny them otherwise?

It depends on the traditions of the denomination. Often, the saint after whom the church, etc., is named is a saint of that particular denomination. It could be an apostle or other figure from the Bible, or a saint of the early pre-schism church.

I'm not really sure what you mean by "deny them." A protestant denomination would not name a church after a "recent" saint of the Catholic church--why would they? Would the Catholic church name something after a protestant saint? But this doesn't mean that protestants believe a particular Catholic saint to be damned.

Mother Teresa is a great example of a Catholic who is held in almost universal high regard by protestants. In fact, I can't tell you how many sermons I've heard that have focused on her. Her singular focus on Christ is what appeals to me the most.

I would advise is caution on your part as to how you treat God's mother.

This reminds me of that margerine commercial "It's not nice to fool mother nature!"

When you say "God's mother" you mean something different than I. That being said, your underlying presumption is that I'm treating God's mother in a bad way. I'm not. All generations will call her blessed. I call her blessed. Being concerned for people who seem to place their faith in Mary is in no way disrespectful to Mary. I'm aware of no prayer uttered in the Bible to anyone other than God. That's not to say that Mary no longer exists. Does she hear your prayers? I don't know. If she does, will she pass them on to Christ? I don't know. But there's not a single example in scripture of anything like this happening, is there? An idol is anything that comes between me and God. Could it be that Mary has become an idol? I think that perhaps she has.

TDT
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