Biblical Foundation of the Roman Catholic Faith
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One Church
Peter's Leadership
Christ Guides His Church
The Seven Sacraments
Tradition and Scripture
Christ's Priesthood
Bishops and Priests
Priestly Celibacy
Good Works
Virgin Mary
Saints and Holy Relics
False Teachers and Sects

One Church

"I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. I pray that they may all be one Father! May they be in us just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me."
John 17:20

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
1 Corinthians 12: 12

Peter's Leadership

"And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven."
Matthew 16: 18-19

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (Jesus) said to him, "Feed my sheep."
John 21: 15

Christ Guides His Church

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Matthew 28: 20

"The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name--he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you."
John 14: 26

But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16: 13

The Seven Sacraments

1. Baptism. "Go then to all the peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 28: 19

2. Eucharist. The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break, when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 9: 16

3. Confession. Then he breathed on them and said "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
John 20: 22

4. Confirmation. When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 8: 14

5. Matrimony. And for this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two shall become one. Man must not separate then, what God has joined together.
Mark 10: 7

6. Last Rites. Is there anyone who is sick? He should send for church elders, who will pray for him and rub olive oil on him in the name of the Lord.
James 5: 14

7. Holy Orders. The group presented them to the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them.
Acts 6:5

Sacred Tradition and Scripture

"...keep the traditions we have taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter."
2 Thessalonians 2: 15

And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well.
2 Timothy 2: 2

There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
John 21: 25

Christ's Priesthood

In the same way Christ did not take upon himself the honor of being high priest. Instead, God said to him "You are my son; today I have become your Father." He also said in another place, "You are a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek."
Hebrews 5:5

Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram...
Genesis 14: 18

Bishops and Priests

This saying is trustworthy: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
1 Timothy 3: 1

Presbyters who preside well deserve double honor, especially those who toil in preaching and teaching.
1 Timothy 5: 17

Priestly Celibacy

Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.
Matthew 19:12

I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Good Works

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, "You have faith and I have works." Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.
James 2: 14-18

Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2: 12

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5: 16

For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.
Matthew 16: 27

Virgin Mary

Then he said: "... Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."
Isaiah 7: 13-14

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. ... She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
Revelations 12: 1-5

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." (And) Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." ... Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. After this, he and his mother, (his) brothers, and his disciples went down to Capernaum and stayed there only a few days.
John 2: 1-12

Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.
Luke 1: 28

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Luke 1: 42

"...the mother of my Lord..."
Luke 1: 43

Role of Saints and Holy Relics

... so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.
Hebrews 6:12

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us.
Phillipians 3: 17

So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.
Acts 19: 11-12


... beseeching that the sin which had been committed be wholly blotted out...He took up a collection and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin-offering...Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they may be delivered from their sin.
2 Maccabees 12: 37-45

... and the fire itself will test the quality of each one's work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.
1 Corinthians 3: 13

"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.' Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.' He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"
Luke 16: 19

Early warnings against the coming of False Teachers and Sects

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.
Hebrews 13: 8

Many false prophets will arise and deceive many.
Matthew 24: 11

There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2 Peter 2: 1

Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, wanting to be teachers of the law, but without understanding either what they are saying or what they assert with such assurance.
1 Timothy 1: 6

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed!
Galatians 1: 8

Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4: 1

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