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The Roman Catholic Church
Transcript of The Roman Catholic Church
Criticism: Part I
He left a greater mark on this world, than it on Him.
The Roman Catholic Church
But for hundreds of years, He didn't abandon the world. He pardoned them over and over again. But they were still so young, and the Devil took them from God. They were lost in darkness.
"Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." You all know this story. It began with the Fall of Man. When our ancestors disobeyed God, the world began her decent into darkness.
They needed a
"For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shan't perish, but shall have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Jesus of Nazareth
Long long ago, in a land far far away, a king was born, to take us weak and foolish mortals, from evil's way. With an army of disciples and the
at His side, together, they changed the world. Well it was mostly Him. His name became quite common. Some thought Him a leader, a God and Savior, but there were those who saw
quite notorious for His new way of thinking. Can He be the
that had been foretold by the prophets? Again, to some yes, to others no.
It was this division, that lead Him to His torture and death, which He took head on,
like a boss!
As sad it was, there was light at the end of the tunnel. On the third day, He rose from the dead,
like a boss!
Just as Earth left a mark on Him, He left His mark on Earth.
We got a Church and a new religion! That didn't happen overnight. In the holy city of Jerusalem, around 33 A.D., before He departed from mortal image, Jesus established the Catholic Church and appointed Peter as the first Pope, and sent the other Apostles and disciples to start a new super power.
A New Power
The Roman Catholic Church over the years has since grown to house an estimated 1.2 billion believers in the world. Along the way, the Church has faced such cases like same-sex marriage and abortion. The Church, as we all know, teaches how to be ready for Christ, how to love each other, and how to trust in God no matter how greatly Satan tempts us.
~ Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Only 109-110 acres!
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History Learning Site
The more power and influence, the more criticism. People just love to shake us up,
. The Church has always been a victim of this. Every time someone's got to say that Catholicism is a ruse to hide some sort of Satanic witchcraft. These sort of things are everywhere. "Pope Francis called himself a 'Vicar of Christ'! Antichrist confirmed!" In all honesty, don't trust everything that you hear. This isn't just targeted at the Church. Everything that causes a controversy somehow magically connects to an eye inside a triangle, not. Some of these are believable and all the more erratic.
History: Part I
Origin & Persecution
The (original) Church was established by Jesus Christ in 33 A.D. with St. Peter as her first Pope. She started out as a legion of Jews traveling and preaching the many things that have occurred since Christ.
As you saw in the previous slide, the Apostles were assigned two by two to preach the Good News. They, according to second to last chapter in our history book, were at first undisturbed by the Romans, but they were eventually persecuted for their rejection to follow the emperor's orders to follow their customs. This was the same for pretty much the rest of the Church around the world.
After centuries of persecution, the world finally began to accept Christianity. In fact, Constantine the Great began the transition to Christianity as the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.
History: Part II
Power & Influence
The Roman Catholic Church has been a major influence in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Since the Roman
History: Part III
Role & Participation
Criticism: Part II
"Medieval huh? Keep talking."
"You had me at Renaissance."
Empire had influenced so much of Europe, it made sense that who/whatever controlled the Roman Empire, it should inherit the power.
The Roman Catholic Church sponsored many people and events. Artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael have all been sponsored by the Catholic Church. The Crusades were also started by the Catholic Church.
Just exactly why did the Roman Catholic Church have such an influence over such a world power? Well, since I was too lazy to do much research, I'll put it simply.
The early Roman Catholic Church might have taken things a bit too far. The first Christians were a lot more spiritual rather that I guess economical. Their ears were more opened to God's voice. Since Jesus was still a recent subject, they were more spiritually affiliated with the Holy Spirit. As time went on and new ideas started to surface, people began to take things way to seriously. The Roman Catholic Church taught the people to believe that there were demons out on the streets, ready to sell their wares, and by wares I mean take your soul. This idea lead everyone to believe that the only way to Heaven was through the Roman Catholic Church.
(Okay, so this is where I actually started researching stuff.)
The Roman Catholic Church had complete power over pretty much everyone. In Medieval times, peasants worked for the Roman Catholic Church on the land that she owned. The Roman Catholic Church had taxes everyone had to pay called tithes. Tithes were meant to pay for the Roman Catholic Church and the clergy -which was supposed to give money to the peasants but they still charged them. Peasants had to pay with things such as seeds, animals, harvested grain, etc.; they were paid very little to nothing at all. In my opinion, I think the nobles paid the more than the Roman Catholic Church did. If they failed to pay these tithes, they were told that, well, they were going to Hell.
People were afraid not to pay these taxes despite their own difficulties. You had to pay for Baptism because they thought you couldn't get to Heaven without it, marriages because couples living together was believed to equal sin, and burials because you had to be buried on holy ground to get into Heaven. All in all, the Roman Catholic Church got the money. There were stone churches around, but as small as they were, they were build to last, and last they did for a thousand years, all thanks to the Roman Catholic Church's money. Grand cathedrals were built in the centers of cities. This turned cities into pilgrimage hot spots. With pilgrims coming and going, the cities grew wealthy and prosperous. The cathedrals were built larger than royal palaces and decorated even more beautifully than most great halls. To work on the building of a cathedral was a significant honor. Skilled workers from guilds worked with basic tools and less nimble scaffolding complete the ceilings. However, it was believed that if you were killed while working in a cathedral or church, you were guaranteed a place in Heaven.
The Roman Catholic Church prospers to this day. Revealing the way to 1.2 billion believers, the Roman Catholic Church has evolved and still stayed a super power as it has been for centuries. The Roman Catholic Church is also, as great as it is, a large target. You remember that sinning devil who shot the Pope. With ISIS and Al Qaeda, Russia and Ukraine, and Bill Cosby and CNN, what is the Roman Catholic Church to do other than just pray; you can't even blame her. I mean, like I mentioned above, if they do one major thing, the internet masses be like, "Are you kidding me?! These guys are helping people in Africa while people are dying in Iraq?!" Well, that's just what I think they'd say. The Roman Catholic Church isn't that big to fight with swords. She fights by praying; nothing against that.
Actually, I feel like I've been a bit too negative on the Roman Catholic Church. How about this.
Everyday, the Roman Catholic Church is a difference. If you'd bother to watch CNN, you'd see. They make a difference all the time, anytime, in any way, in every way. While you sleep, while you blink, while you breathe, while you're taking a shiiiip high in transit?
Now we come to the most controversial part of the presentation -disbelief. The world is full of it. There are people out there who still think the world is flat for Anubis' sake! It dates back to the ancient period. It doesn't count if people started believing differently in the first place, but since forever, people have continuously denied the obvious presence of
. Many throughout the world decide to believe in other ways. We've been covering that in history, by the way. People choose to believe in other deities or other spiritual figures. Some don't even believe in that. Some believe more in science or other stuff. But that's nothing to scold them over, nor should we praise them for. Not all Muslims are terrorists, not all atheists are scientist on the internet always denying God, not all Buddhists are just a bunch of people on the ground bowing before a fat guy with long ears. There's no reason to despise religion. What does agnostic mean? It means one still follows what's right, neither disbelieving nor having a certain faith in the existence of something out there; a fence-sitter if you will. But really, the world might have been, is still, and may still be going to war over religion, but it took way too long for someone to call "parley".
So, we know how the Church had come power back then, but where was she as the world evolved? Well, the Roman Catholic Church never lost her touch. Who wants to hear about how the Church did her job and worked her magic, behind all the protesting, wars, and other secular events, with the Second Vatican Council.
It's about time!
The Second Vatican Council, also known as Vatican II, is an ecumenical council situated in Vatican City as a coalition of Catholic leaders, to revolutionize the Roman Catholic Church. In other words, the Roman Catholic Church became more practical and consistent with the modern world. It was a move that surprised the world because there hadn't been a ecumenical council, one that settles doctrinal issues, in ages! Vatican II was started by Pope Saint John Paul XXIII, who announced its creation in January 1959.
So, I could tell you about how Vatican II was formed, but who has that much time? Instead, what did Vatican II do? Well, a number of things. First off, they made Mass a little more interesting. I'm sure you all already get it: everything was in Latin, the priest would turn his back to the parishioners. Vatican II modernized it by permitting Masses to be celebrated in different languages, and it permitted more singing and participation. Another thing Vatican II did was change the Apostle's Creed and produce the Nicene Creed. The Second Vatican Council was fix up the whole fasting and abstinence thing during Lent.
All right, so maybe this presentation has been more opinion based, but the grade isn't exactly what I've been aiming for. I've been working on this report since December, I believe, and I guess I've was more into entertaining the audience rather than informing them. But here's the point: like I said at the start of this presentation, I could have just jotted down a ton of facts sounding like a boring government official. I wanted to focus less on the facts and more on the practicality. So, despite all the weird things I've done and said, what's true about the Roman Catholic Church is something that Wikipedia or Google don't really say is: the Roman Catholic Church is an ever growing power centered by what is right, and focuses on doing what is right. You hear on the news everyday mostly about the negative parts of the world, but do not forget: it all happens beneath the hand of God.
I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life
No one comes to the Father, but through me.