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Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Tim Staples

Tim Staples answers:

St. Paul calls everyone in the Church saints, but the Church says there is a list of canonized saints — how do you reconcile this? 

Aren’t all believers priests?

How does John 6, “unless you eat the flesh of the son of man you have no life in you,” apply to Protestants?

Is there a Catholic Catechism study guide, or is it meant to be more of a reference book?

I’ve seen versions of the Bible where everything said by Jesus is printed in red — likewise, is there a Catholic Bible that distinguishes between things that are supposed to be taken literally and things that are figurative?

Cardinal Newman’s “An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine” talks about the assimilative power of the Church and the development of the the papacy, but modern Catholic apologetics seems to turn away from this — what is your response? 

Why is there such a difference between Masses (for example, the New Mass and the Latin Mass)?

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