The Catholic Church
1 Cor. 3:13
1 Cor. 7:1
In a Roman Catholic publication bearing the imprimatur 1 of the Bishop of Fort Wayne, U.S.A., the priest says: "I'll show you why you can't appeal to the Bible against the Church . . . In fact, I'll show you why the Bible is an authority only as long as the authority of the Church is admitted . . . Reject that authority . . . and the authority of the Bible as the inspired word of God falls to the ground." 2
Sooner or later in his discussion with a R.C. one must settle the fundamental question of "authority" (i.e. as to whether or not the papal claim of infallibility is a valid one). The following dialogue illustrates this point.
Question: "Mr. Roman Catholic, how do you know that purgatory really exists?"
Roman Catholic: "Because my Church teaches that it does."
Question: "But how do you know that what your Church teaches is right?
Roman Catholic: "Because my Church has the Pope who is infallible on matters like this."
Question: "But how do you know that he is infallible? (The discussion often terminates here if the R.C. insists that this must be accepted on "faith"). The discussion may, however, continue . . .
Roman Catholic: "Because Jesus gave this infallible authority to Peter and his successors, the bishops of Rome, as recorded in Matt. 16:18; Luke 22:32, and John 21:15-17.