Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ray Comfort's at it again...

Ray Comfort continues to illustrate how little he knows about the Catholic Church. This is not a swipe at him, many people THINK they know what the RCC believes only to find out its not true.

In Rays latest post against the church:"The Catholic Church and Peter", Ray Comfort starts out with a statement of the Geaneology of Herod and Zecharias, interesting, but not really relevant. He then goes on to state:
Zacharius was married. Aren’t priests supposed to be celibate? According to the Roman Catholic church, New Testament priests shouldn’t be married, but this is contrary to the Bible. Peter was married. During His earthly ministry, Jesus came to Peter's house and healed "his wife's mother" (Matthew 8:14- 5; Mark 1:30-31). Now there’s a clue he was married.
Yes, Zecharias was married and yes Latin Rite Priests are celibate. But that is where he goes off base. The Church does not claim that New Testament priests "shouldn't be married". As a matter of fact, that discipline is only present in the Latin Rite of the Church. Priests in the Eastern churchs can be and often are married, as well as Priests which convert from the Anglican or Episcopal churches. Also, the Church has never denied Peter was married From the Catholic Encyclopedia: "Simon settled in Capharnaum, where he was living with his mother-in-law in his own house (Matthew 8:14; Luke 4:38) at the beginning of Christ's public ministry (about A.D. 26-28). Simon was thus married, and, according to Clement of Alexandria (Stromata, III, vi, ed. Dindorf, II, 276), had children."

From Ray:
In Corinthians 9:5, Paul asked, "Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?" Cephas was another name for Peter. In this verse it speaks of him as having a wife who traveled with him. There’s another clue that he was married. So don’t take what anyone tells you as being gospel. Check it out and see if it is according to the Scriptures (see Acts 17:11).
Ray, can I suggest you take your own advice before posting something embarrassing like this again?