12 thoughts on “Excellent short video on witnessing to Catholics

  1. Hi Maria, Oooops! I think I accidentally deleted my comment, so I’m resubmitting.

    I enjoyed this video very much. Thank you! But I would like to comment on brother Eric Douma’s initial statement that Catholics “claim that the pope is an apostle.” That actually isn’t totally accurate. Catholics don’t claim the pope is an apostle, but that as the bishop of Rome he is the successor of Peter as overseer and shepherd of the church. Catholics do speak about “apostolic succession” in regards to the pope and his bishops, but this refers to the alleged unbroken chain from Francis to Peter, thereby conferring “apostolic” authority, not the actual title of apostle. So, while the RCC says its popes and bishops “have succeeded to the place of the apostles, as shepherds of the Church” (see full quote below), they do not claim they are apostles in the technical sense as Eric describes.

    It may be a picayune point but Catholic apologists would pick up on it right away. Otherwise, a very good little video.

    “Bishops, therefore, with their helpers, the priests and deacons, have taken up the service of the community, presiding in place of God over the flock, whose shepherds they are, as teachers for doctrine, priests for sacred worship, and ministers for governing. And just as the office granted individually to Peter, the first among the apostles, is permanent and is to be transmitted to his successors, so also the apostles’ office of nurturing the Church is permanent, and is to be exercised without interruption by the sacred order of bishops. Therefore, the Sacred Council teaches that bishops by divine institution have succeeded to the place of the apostles, as shepherds of the Church, and he who hears them, hears Christ, and he who rejects them, rejects Christ and Him who sent Christ.” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, Chapter 3, article 20: On the hierarchical structure of the Church, the episcopate)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this; I’ve seen another video by him on another topic but its so long ago I don’t remember what it was on or when I’ve seen him before on youtube. Thanks for sharing this, may the Lord equip His people and evangelize the lost through your post.

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