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The uniqueness of Catholicism!

25 Oct 2017, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is the oldest and the largest in the world; it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticize her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes makes me wonder if some people actually believe that Catholicism and Christianity are not the same. But I am 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, the Catholic Church’s uniqueness, 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 Catholic Church’s place 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.

Though made up of sinful individuals, the Catholic Church 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 Holy Eucharist’s celebration and the solemnity of the Church’s worship differentiate the Catholic Church from Christian denominations. Catholic worship revolves around the altar, the Holy Eucharist. But we must note that being a Catholic is not a free ticket to heaven; we must live the life of a true believer the Church stands for.