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Why Do I Remain Catholic?

Jesus in the Eucharist

Elizabeth Scalia from The Anchoress on Patheos asks those Catholics among us to chime in: Why do you remain Catholic? She writes:

I suggested that we may have the beginnings of a spontaneous Symposium, here and have nudged other Catholic Channel writers to jot down short pieces on why they intend to remain Catholic. Those will be popping up soon, and Ill be sure to link to them, so keep checking back, here.

Why do I remain Catholic? In the face of criticism, the accusations of bigotry, sexism and "homophobia" for speaking the unambiguous teachings handed down from Jesus Christ, why would one want to remain Catholic? Why not just go with the flow, admit that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, two men can get married, and an unborn child is just an undifferentiated bunch of cells? Why profess the truth of God and His natural order?

Let me quote St. Peter from John 6:6 "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.".

An interesting thing is that at that point, the disciples were leaving Jesus in droves after he unambiguously told them: "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." ( John 6:53 ). And the word that was translated "eat", actually meant "gnaw" in Hebrew.

That brings me to the first reason I remain Catholic. We are a Eucharistic Church. No other church has the real body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus in accidents of bread and wine.

Another reason is the unbroken line of Apostolic succession from the first pope, St. Peter. I trust that the deposit of faith has been kept pristine for me for over 2000 years.

So the Barque of Peter is an island of sanity on the sea of worldly chaos. Those are two reasons why I remain Catholic.

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