The uniqueness of Catholicism!

The Catholic Church is not just the oldest but also the largest in the world, it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticise her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes make me wonder if some people actually believe that Catholicism and Christianity are not the same thing. But I am very sure they are the same thing, even though not all Christians are Catholics but all Catholics are Christians.

Even though I believe that Catholicism and Christianity are the same thing, the uniqueness of the Catholic Church however cannot be ignored. The Catholic Church is so unique that it becomes improper to refer to her as a denomination, but the Mother Church founded by Christ.

Denominations broke out of the Catholic Church, and the division continues. The place of the Catholic Church in Christendom is irreplaceable; the Catholic Church is the Holy Mother Church that is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. The uniqueness of the oneness of the Catholic Church is in the mystery of the oneness of her founder Jesus Christ, who is part of the mysterious Trinity; three persons in one God.

The Catholic Church, even though made up of sinful individual remains holy because her holiness is in the holiness of the head of the body, Jesus Christ.

The Church is Catholic because she is uniquely universal and she is apostolic because she is founded on the faith of the apostles.

The celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the solemnity of the Church’s worship differentiates the Catholic Church from Christian denominations. Catholic worship revolves round the altar, the Holy Eucharist. But we must note that been a Catholic is not a free ticket to heaven, we must live the life of a true believer the Church stands for.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

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