I'm not a Catholic, but I hear many Christians say Catholics (most, not all, depending on their specific beliefs) are not really Christian, and that they go to hell. I really don't have a big opinion on the matter though.
Any opinions on this?
Put into context (next verse or so), the quote is a reference to Jesus Christ.
Come to think of it...
Sola Scriptura and Biblical inerrancy are not in the Bible. (They may be in someone's interpretation of it, but they're not in it.)
Anything not in the Bible should be rejected.
Therefore Sola Scriptura and Biblical inerrancy should be rejected.
The problem is the second part. You can believe the Bible without disbelieving everything that doesn't appear in it.
sorry for late reply. I am Catholic. And yes, catholics are Christians. The the term "Christians" was first used in Antioch, during a council, few decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was used to indicate the followers of the doctrine of Christ and of the Apostles. So, those believing that God is one Being in three Person, and that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Holy Trinity, along with the Father and the Spirit. We believe in His death for our sins and in His Resurrection. On some matters our view differ from other Christian denominations, but we are definitely NOT heaten, we worship one God and we believe in his love to us through the "Good message" of Jesus (Good message = Eu Anghelion = Gospel). This is the original definition of "Christians" that you can find in the Acts of the Apostles, and we stick to this definition.
I was visiting a Roman Catholic parish Sunday, and had a few free moments in the lobby. A membership registration form caught my eye. One of the questions was "religion." That really throws a wrench in the whole thing. I can be of a different religion and a member of a Roman Catholic parish?! I really want to apply and see what happens.
I think they would want you to convert.
Of course they want me to convert. That's part of their schtick. But how will they express that if I just fill out the form?
I see online that the parish closest to me has the same "religion" blank on its membership registration form. Satisfying my curiosity is worth a stamp.
Aside from some rules about taking Holy Communion, and the absolute ban on anybody but a Catholic Man joining the Knights of Columbus, my catholic parish welcomes anyone. Come on in! Heck, a couple of my Baptist sister-in-laws have even come to Mass (my family gave them a bye on the collection).
The annual catholic parish men's retreat has been attended regularly by at least one professed "non-Christian" and a couple of Protestants. (Can't say about the annual women's retreat.)
Oh, I attend Roman Catholic Mass almost regularly. That's different than being a member of a Roman Catholic parish. And I've never encountered any church/parish that turns people away. I have to point this out to Christians of all kinds and non-Christians often. You want to learn about the Roman Catholic Church? Why not just go to Mass? They no longer require a secret handshake to get in. Same is true of synagogue services, too, BTW. No physicals.
I am a catholic, but this doesn't prevent me from having some objection to the behaviour of some catholic people or some parishes. For example, I disagree with this way to make people fill in a form about "religion". It has been a major problem for the catholic Church (and some other denominations too!) in the last centuries. We are first of all Christians, and we are asked to be the "light of the world", and not only the "light of other Catholics/ Presbyterian / Luteran / Ortodox people". Jesus himself spent time with pharisees and sadducees, people of Samaria and Roman officers, without asking them to fill a form. I believe this is a very cold and formal way to be introduced to a company of men. Saint Paul writes that we are not Christians through Paul, or Cefa (Peter), or Apollo, but only through Christ, who has been crucified for us. I wish all parishes could remember this. Asking people to fill a form makes them fell like a "number; while there's nothing wrong, I think, with asking them about religion during a personal meeting.
That's my modest opinion.
Rebekah was talking about a form to get our name on the parish registry. In that context, it's in the same category as asking for one's street address.
Those cards get used for many things, including religous outreach, ecumenical contact information with folks who aren't Catholic, but need/want a parish-level relationship with that particular parish.
1. When's the last time you tried to schedule a meeting with a Priest? American parish Priests just don't have time to sit down with every family that moves into the geographic parish, nor every random smart-aleck Anglican with more formal theology training than they get.
2. More importantly, there are Canonical reasons for obtaining this information. Technically, Roman Catholics are only supposed to be members of the parish church in their geographic parish. The Santorum family got special permission to parish hop to a parish with Mass in Latin (can't remember the form, likely Extraordinary). Obviously, if I fill out the membership form and am honest about not being Roman Catholic, the parish will put me on mailing lists (hopefully only the newsletter-type, not the fund-raiser type, but I don't have much hope in that regard) and not do much else. But if I said I was Roman Catholic but lived outside the parish bounds, the parish should also not accept me as a member.
3. Episcopalians have "fair share" contributions from the parish to the Diocese. I have to imagine Roman Catholics have some analogous situations where the number of members a parish has results in a financial impact, relative to the Diocese, for that parish. Thus, somewhat accurate parish membership roles are necessary. Again, unlike with Episcopalians, the staff can't meet with everyone who attends Mass to get those numbers, so they ask people to fill out forms.
[I'm a former Episcopalian.]
1. When we got married. At least that was the last time I had a formal appointment with a parish priest.
2. That sounds like more of an excess of political caution rather than Canoniacal correctness on the part of Mr. Santorum. My understanding of "parish hopping" was that so long as you were in Church on Sunday, it didn't matter which catholic church it was...and that included one Ash Wednesday service I attended that was conducted by an Episcopalian Chaplain (USMC).
3. We've got that sort of subvention of funds as well. Most of which goes to social justice (charitable assistance and health care) ministries, and to assist the less financially fortunate parishes.