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To: NYer

"ALL corporations, institutions and private industries are run by one person who serves as CEO."

Not the best of illustrations when it comes to The Church, I trust you would agree. But if that's the example you like, remember that CEOs are regularly fired by stockholders and/or boards of directors, who are the ones who really run the company.

Now The Church is no democracy, representative or otherwise, but then again, its not a theocratic dictatorship either, at least in the East.


30 posted on 09/10/2006 4:21:36 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis; livius; Campion; Calvin Coolidge
Not the best of illustrations when it comes to The Church, I trust you would agree.

No, I don't agree. Name one successful organization that is run without some final authority.

remember that CEOs are regularly fired by stockholders and/or boards of directors, who are the ones who really run the company.

True. There have even been some popes whose personal lifestyles were more than questionable; yet, never once did anyone of them err when it came to doctrine.

Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. (Most of today’s Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)

Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.

Even the oldest government is new compared to the papacy, and the churches that send out door-to-door missionaries are young compared to the Catholic Church. Many of these churches began as recently as the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. Some even began during your own lifetime. None of them can claim to be the Church Jesus established. The Catholic Church has existed for nearly 2,000 years, despite constant opposition from the world. This is testimony to the Church’s divine origin. It must be more than a merely human organization, especially considering that its human members— even some of its leaders—have been unwise, corrupt, or prone to heresy.

Any merely human organization with such members would have collapsed early on. The Catholic Church is today the most vigorous church in the world (and the largest, with a billion members: one sixth of the human race), and that is testimony not to the cleverness of the Church’s leaders, but to the protection of the Holy Spirit.

36 posted on 09/10/2006 6:00:11 PM PDT by NYer ("That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah." Hillel)
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