“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” 1 Peter 3:15
Okay, you’ve been Catholic your whole life, but there are many things about the faith you simply do not understand, nor can explain when asked. Join the club!!
I remember being asked why Catholics do, this or that, or believe this or that. Many of the questions were hostile, yet some were really legitimate questions, and my answer frequently would be “I don’t know, but I’ll get back to you.”
I’ve learned, an “I don’t know and I’ll get back to you” answer is a perfect answer!! But make sure you find the answer and get back to them!!!
I have found that much of the opposition among non-Catholic Christians and even among Catholics to certain tenets of Catholicism is simply a misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church really teaches. We have to remember, Christ founded one universal Church to bring the message of salvation to the world. The Church was commanded to teach and preach, to pass on all that Jesus had taught the Apostles. This was passed on by Tradition, divine tradition. Divine tradition was the traditions not of men, but the Traditions of Jesus. I repeat, Traditions of Jesus, with a capital “T”. Namely the institution of the seven Sacraments. The Eucharist, or last supper, the paschal mystery, being the source and summit of our faith.
Jesus did not instruct the Apostles to pass out Bibles, he commanded them to preach and teach all that He had taught them. The Bible as we know it today, was not in existence. Much of the New Testament wasn’t even written until after Jesus’ death.
Soo…. Catholic Apologetis is the art of giving a reasoned defense for the teachings of Christ as He handed down to us through the Apostles. This teaching has been passed down from Peter to each Pope throughout time until Francis today. The Church cannot change any of the fundamental teachings of Christ.
I have written a beginning apologetics workshop for any Catholic who wants to get started today as a Catholic apologist. Available as a downloadable ebook..coming soon.
The simple answer is this. When a person asks you what the Catholic Church teaches about this or that, your easy answer is this “I don’t know, but I’ll get back to you,” and then find an answer and get back to them.