Before becoming Roman Catholic, I used to believe a lot of things about Catholicism; some were true, and others, not so much. Here are seven things I’ve learned in this journey.
- Catholics do, in fact, read the Bible.
- Just because a rando Catholic says something, doesn’t mean that’s what the church teaches.
- The Immaculate Conception refers to the birth of Mary, not Jesus. The doctrine states that Mary was conceived without sin, not without sex.
- Not everything that comes out of the Pope’s mouth is infallible. There’s a very particular set of circumstances he must fulfill before Papal Infallibility comes into play.
- Catholics do, in fact, pray in tongues.
- Veneration and worship are not the same. Veneration is showing profound respect and reverence. Catholics venerate Mary (who gave birth to God incarnate. Kind of a big deal) and the Saints (some of the holiest people who ever lived and are now in Heaven interceding on our behalf. Also kind of a big deal). Worship is for God alone.
- If you worship Mary, that’s idolatry and a big no-no.