There are probably millions of these misconceptions associated with the Catholic Church if we are going to document all of them. In this article, we are presenting the top 10 false notions about Catholicism which include the widely written and common misconceptions about the Catholics and the Church.
1. The Papacy is a mere creation of man during the medieval times
The strong evidences that establishes the falsity of this common belief are the passages in the Bible and in other Christian documents that prove that Jesus appointed Peter as the “rock” from which the “Church is built.” Peter is considered as the first Catholic Bishop of Rome and has assumed the position until he died in 64 AD.
2. The Catholic Church added their own writings to the Bible
This notion was mainly due to the disparate versions of the Catholic and the Protestant Bible. The Old Testament in Catholic version has seven more books than the one used by the Protestants. In reality, these 7 books in question are included in the official list of books that are recognized by all Christians and these were actually removed by Martin Luther during the period of reformation of Protestants.
3. All Catholic priests are unmarried
Priests of the Eastern Catholic are allowed to marry but once married; these priests can no longer qualify to become bishops. There are also precedents where married pastors from other churches become priest when they convert to the Catholic faith and still retain their married status.
4. The Catholic Church was created by Emperor Constantine in 325 AD
The imposition of the Edict of Milan in 313 AD by Emperor Constantine paved the way for the removal of all prohibition in the practice of the Catholic Faith. This misconception was due to the mistaken allusion to the creation of Council of Nicaea in 325 AD which was thought to have created the Catholic Church.
5. Sins can be forgiven with indulgences
This misconception was due to the abuses committed by bishops where they have used fake indulgences in order to extract money and material wealth from those seeking redemption and forgiveness for their eternal sins.