Comment: Thank you to Paul_S.

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Thank you to Paul_S.

Paul_S. is correct, I do suggest people turn to the Catechism of The Catholic Church to find out exactly what the Church says.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1...

The Catholic Church is global. This is an interesting time in for my generation because we have seen 7 popes, usually a person sees two in their lifetime:

260.Pius XII (1939-58)
261.Blessed John XXIII (1958-63)
262.Paul VI (1963-78)
263.John Paul I (1978)
264.Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005)
265.Benedict XVI (2005-2013)
266.Francis (2013—)

The Church has what is called orders:

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/country/xrel.html

The apostolic succession is important to understand
http://www.catholic.com/tracts/apostolic-succession

All this said, as a Catholic, I completely agree with you that Christ IS freedom. I believe people only come to God by his grace, and stay there with faith.

Catholic Church accepts ALL baptisms in Christ. The Church has changed many times and survived which is a miracle knowing the nature of the world where little is built to last.

http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/versions.htm

One reason I like Bible study is we share scripture from several Bibles..