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The Roman Catholic Church portrays itself as the one legitimate heir to New Testament Christianity, and the pope as the successor to Peter, the first bishop of Rome. While those details are debatab...
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My understanding of the Catholic church is that it is a bit like a country - there is official government policy, but that doesn't mean that every citizen of that country believes in or even agrees with the official policy. I know Catholics who have widely differing personal beliefs, as do Catholic saints and esteemed monks, but what they agree on is being part of this one mother Church, and that that is the context within which they experience and practice their spirituality, and relationship with God.
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