#1 -They believe that their church is the only true church - #1 characteristic of a cult.
#2 - They have a sole leader that is "God's spokesman" to the church and world.
#3 - They have extra-biblical writings that they hold as equal to the scripture.
#4 - They hold unorthodox doctrines. - purgatory, ever virgin Mary, mass.
#5 - They worship idols.
Add it all up and they are not a true church.
How often has a Roman Catholic heard the EXCUSE "offer it up" when complaining about being treated poorly or even abusively by the hierarchy? The "religious" (nuns and priests) are treated and seen as better and choosing the narrow way compared to seculars. Only the priestly class can properly interpret the bible. Seculars have to seek forgiveness thru priests. One can not talk directly with God on their own.
They promote all sorts of things that are absolutely just not Biblical. Confession. Calling Priests father. Praying to dead people. Worshipping statues. Worshipping Mary. Purgatory. It is all elaborate ritual, history, mumbo jumbo, going through the hollow, meaningless, emoty motions. There is no life, no Christ in it. No promise of heaven. It is downright creepy.
Catholics, along with all other major organized religions are cults. The fact that they are more accepted by mainstream culture does not change the fact that they require their members to believe outlandish fairy tales and hand over their own personal responsibility to an imaginary being. The leaders of the church are secretive and expect their followers to believe their preaching on faith alone. Sounds a lot like a cult to me. Every Sunday those good Catholics go and drink the kool-aid (wine and bread).
The second commandment says that graven images should not be worshipped. Most catholic churches have a statue representing Mary; the virgin of Guadalupe picture is worshipped. Most catholic ceromonies place Mary first. The last depiction that I saw showed Jesus at the feet of Mary. Mary is described by the Catholic Church as Mediatrix. These are things that I don't read in the bible.
Nothing like using guilt, suppression and fear to keep them in the fold. Nothing like hiding under the catholic hood...molesting children and then making excuses or turning a blind eye. The Catholic religion talks about birth control...tell you what, we will send all unwanted babies to your doorstep for you to raise for the next 18 years. How sad and pathetic.
Lumen Gentium - the Dogmatic Constitution of the Catholic Church, Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 21, 1964, calls itself a cult, using that word cult, 7 times. The Catholic Church calls itself a cult. Its daily practices include altars, robes, eating of human flesh, drinking of human blood, rituals, virgins, virginal conception, and on and on. A Catholic priest is required to refuse communion to anyone that does not truly believe that the communion bread is the body of the human Christ and that the communion wine is the blood of human Christ. The Catholic Church is definitely a cult and it calls itself a cult many times in its own Constitution.
Catholic removed the 2nd commandment which the Almighty God wrote with HIS own hand. This counterfeit gospel will only produce counterfeit salvation. Most everything the Catholic teaches contradict the Bible. Jesus can never be confined in the Catholic church nor in the mass they practice. They are preaching a different Jesus. They are the Harlot sitting on the beast in Revelation 17. The Catholic is NOT the true bride of Jesus; which is why Jesus called her a harlot. Rev 18; 4 says "...Come out of her...". Hitler was a Catholic and he said he was just carrying on the same policy which the Catholic church had adopted...Perhaps he was doing Christianity a great service by killing the Jews. Faith in Jesus is the only way to God the Father. Any other teaching is heresy.
Abusive, controlling, judgemental, cruel, deviant, pediphiles, rapists, sick sick brain washing moralistic papal preaching pigs. For those who have suffered the years and years of parental influences forcing you to believe and judge you despite their hypocritical nonsense I am sorry you have been abused. Search for freedom it's there. Don't be tricked into submission by the lie of hell
Jesus death on the cross was the payment for our sins.
We have been saved by grace through faith alone.
We don't have to work for it,
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourself, it is the gift of God. Eph: 2 7-9
Jesus said: "Truly, truly I say to you unless one is born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John : 3:2
Catholics think they need to do more works before they can become a child of God, This is not true, It's so simple a child can understand it.
For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, so whoever beleives in Him will have everlasing life...PERIOD!
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes the the father except through me...This means He is the only way to salvation, anything beyond this, contradicts His very words.
Its corrupt now, I admit , but it is no where near a cult. The foundation of the church was founded by saints who followed Jesus Christ himself, no way is this a cult. Come on people. Yes, it is corrupt and yes many of the priests have done wrong but not all, people still make mistakes, we're only human, even the holy sin. I believe the Revelation will come soon and the church shows signs of evil controlling the church, but its "true" purpose is for good, not evil.
The Catholic Church cannot be considered a cult. There are certain criteria that qualify a religious group as cult like in nature, and the Catholic Church simply does not qualify. The Church does not solicit people directly to join their ranks. There is no pressure in looking into becoming a Catholic.
Don't just base your beliefs about Catholicism from anti-Catholic websites/people. Ask a Catholic, not a website. I'm a Catholic, and have been since birth. It is very traditional. We do not worship statues or Mary or the saints - instead, we pray to them for guidance. I have nothing against anyone, but please, get your facts straight. We don't believe you "fall" from grace and must be saved over and over again. Jesus died for EVERYONE. He defeated sin once and for all - for EVERYONE and for ever! Pope Fracis is a godly man. Yes, some popes weren't so godly. Catholicism has over 1 billion people worldwide. It does seem like we worship idols. WE DO NOT. Look up the Nicene Creed - it has everything that Catholics believe. God bless.
The Catholic Church is a denomination of the Christian Church. It follows a set of doctrines that its members choose to follow, just like any other church. Christianity would have not survived the dark age without the Catholic church. I think that their traditions can be misunderstood as "cultish," but they are only traditions that people shouldn't get so excited over.
Of course the Catholic Church is not a cult. Members of the Church are allowed to live their lives how they want to live them, minus some small guidelines that it is their choice to follow or not follow. Some churches are open to all different types of people. They do not ask you to change who you are to join. They also do not brainwash people, steal peoples money, or force people to commit suicide which are common traits of cults.
We do not believe in cult practices, in fact to Catholics it is a sin. During a sacrament called confirmation all Catholics get to accept or reject the faith. I have seen many people who are not Catholic attending mass. We believe in good and being kind, we are kind to others most of the time. We aren't controlled, we CHOOSE to be Catholic, And my best friend does not go to mass every Sunday because her family doesn't have enough time, so no they don't EXPECT you to come to church every Sunday they WANT you to. And if the story is true about the baby then shame on those people who decided that because I assure you we are not a cult.
If they love and worship Jesus Christ and believe and are baptized calling on the name of the lord they are saved. Yes it is a bigger church but its no cult. They don't worship marry they ask for her to pray for them . I am church of Christ.
By definition, the Catholic Church is not a cult. A cult is defined as a religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader. The Catholic Church is a collective of approximately 1.2 billion people worldwide from variant cultures, while led by the Pope of Rome, remain with a conscience clause that allows from individual decision. Degrees of participation vary. A cult also involves a nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease or personal problem, yet no such exclusive claim is made, and the Catholic Church, historically, has provided financial support to scientists, and formed what is now the modern university or academic institution. A cult includes an obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing, yet the Catholic Church requires not such obsession. In a cult, the group of persons is exclusive, as opposed to inclusive, as with the Catholic Church, and while the cult shares an single specific esoteric interest, the Catholic Church embodies a variety of global interests.
Simply because a few people mistakes make a human error doesn't mean the other billion Catholics are part of a cult. The Institution's message has always been good, and evil always tries to attack what is good every way it can(whether by corruption or causing people to make mistakes and then making people generalize on that institution). So no by no means is it a cult
Every argument stating it is hangs on to little details and faults that are based on Human Error. Whether You are Catholic or not The Catholic Church is fundamentally a place for doing Good. Evil will always attack what is good and so comes the scandals and corruption, but the fundamental message of the church is still to promote good and peace. Any corruption is not based on the institution but the doing of a human error.