Through the ages, many people have come to believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the church that Jesus Christ founded during his earthly ministry. I never really questioned that belief until my early teenage years because I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and attended Roman Catholic elementary and high schools. However, I did not know where to turn to find the truth about the matter so I never tried to extinguish my doubts. There did come a day though, thank God, that I did find the truth – or rather, the truth found me. The truth is what I want to share with you because as Jesus tells us in John 14:6:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Since Jesus is the truth, when we find the truth, we find Jesus. The goal of every person should be to find the truth.
The Roman Catholic Church uses scripture and Sacred Tradition as the basis for its doctrines and teachings. We will first determine what the final authority for all Christianity truly is and then use that authority to examine the Roman Catholic teachings about the church, Peter, Mary, signs and apparitions, statues, images, and pictures, the priesthood, sacrifices for atonement of sin, the Eucharist, prayer, baptism, purgatory, repentance, righteousness, salvation, and lastly, worship.