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Musings 2009/245

Christian Deception
My communications with non-Catholic Christians--a great many being anti-Catholic--reveal that these people have developed an unhappy attitude towards The Universal Church.
They do not favour us at all. They may say they love us and that must be difficult for them because they really hate The Universal Church and, when all is said and done, we are The Church.
In fact, it seems to me that they have been especially trained to this end--badly trained, for their arguments against The Church are old hat and long disproved.
Further, their pathetic renunciations of Church Doctrine, not only lack substance but are against simple common sense.
For example, a recent email told me - with regard to Jesus' telling Peter that he is the
rock on which He will build His Church--:-
P In GreekRock is a mass of Rocks forming a whole Rock not justa piece of rock and this Rockas the Scriptures above show very clearly is in reference to Christ Jesus and it is Him who will build the Church, like usa piece of rock and Christ. P
So, you see, The Church has it all wrong.
The 2,000 year old Catholic Church

established by Christ Himself,

has been wrong these 2,000 years and some 'Christian', unnamed sect, that begun within the past 100 years (probably much less), has finally got it right.
Hard to believe isn't it?
P  47  16  18  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
47  16  19  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
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Even a child would realise that Jesus was talking to Simon, whose name Jesus changed to Rock (Kaypha), telling Peter and His Apostles that He would build His Church upon this Rock (Kaypha), that is, upon the leader of the Apostles.
But not so for some. Common sense goes out the window and deception comes in. Somehow the anti-Catholics have reworded the sentence to mean:-
You are a mere Pebble but I will build my Church upon Myself, Who am Massive-rock.
Now, that takes a feat of deception, translating the text in this way!
Why then, did Jesus change Simon's name to Kaypha, in the first place?
It is now an old, old tale, but apparently these anti-Catholics still use this deception regarding the Greek words
Petros and Petra, both meaning 'rock' (the former in the male gender and the latter in the female) (although Petros may also mean 'little stone' as compared to Petra which means 'rock-mass').
Because
Petra is the feminine form, the translator from Aramaic to Greek chose not to use the feminine form for rock, simply because Peter is male. Thus the translator used the male form Petros.
But, as I say,
Petros generally means 'pebble' and so the anti-Catholics have grasped onto this, passing it around everywhere--for few people would know to contradict, unfortunately.
On top of this, of course, we all know that Jesus actually called Simon
Kaypha (Aramaic), which does means rock and there is no male or female gender involved--and the meaning is quite clear.
Jesus spoke in Aramaic, you see, not in Greek.
So an accurate translation would be:-

You are Kaypha
and upon this Kaypha
I will build my church.

P The virulent anti-Catholic writings of Presbyterian polemicist Loraine Boettner, much quoted by young bible-Christians even today, claim to be able to disprove the Primacy of St Peter.
'Disprove the primacy of Peter,' says Boettner, 'and the foundation of the Papacy is destroyed'. (Roman Catholicism, p. 105. )
He sets out to disprove the Primacy of St Peter by claiming that 'Jesus said to Peter "You are Petros, and upon this petra I will build my Church."
One would prefer, out of kindness, to draw a veil over such nonsense were it not for the fact that thousands of simple people believe Boettner's ungrammatical and naive meanderings. He compounds the untenable position into which he has backed himself by quoting another Protestant 'scholar' (Dr Henry Woods) whom he quotes as saying that 'Our Lord purposely uses a different Greek word petra from that used for Peter, Petros'.
We know from John i, 42 that our Lord used the Aramaic word for Rock, 'Kaypha' when addressing Peter. There isn't a shred of evidence to show that Jesus spoke Greek, 'purposely' or otherwise, on this occasion or upon any other. The same word, Kaypha, is found in Luke x)x,49, where it refers to the 'paving stones' that will 'shout aloud'.
Boettner's 'Mr Rock and Miss Rock'
(in relation to Matthew 16:18) belong to the world of infantile fantasy inhabited by so many critics of the Catholic Church's position on this, as on myriad other scriptural and doctrinal matters.    P (Father Paul Stenhouse)
Patrick Madrid, in
Surprised by Truth has this to say, in this great book of his, outlining his journey into Catholicism.
P  The teaching authority of the Church in the Magisterium centred around the seat of
Peter.

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