Why do Protestants accuse the Catholic Church of blasphemy?

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To answer this question, we simply compare Scripture with quotes from Catholic publications.  It is then up to the reader to decide for themselves what to believe. Please read our disclaimer below.

The Bible defines blasphemy as claiming to forgive sins. “And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone” (Luke 5:21), and as claiming to be God “The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (John 10:33).

The Catholic Church:

First- claims to forgive sins.

“Does the Priest truly forgive the sins, or does he only declare that they are remitted? The Priest does really and truly forgive the sins in virtue of the power given to him by Christ.” Joseph Deharbe, S.J., A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1924), p. 279.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ is our heavenly High Priest who forgives us (Hebrews 3:1 8:1, 2) and our only Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).

Second-claims that the Pope is God on earth.

“We [the popes] hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter “The Reunion of Christendom” (dated June 20, 1894) trans. in the Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII (New York: Benziger, 1903), p. 304.

“The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” Catholic National, July 1895.

“The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land . . . He is the vicegerent of Christ, and is not only a priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords” La Civilta Cattolica, March 18, 1871.

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” — Catholic National July 1895.

“The pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man (…) he is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power.” Lucius Ferraris, «Prompta Bibliotheca», 1763, Volume VI, ‘Papa II’, pp.25-29

“you [priests] are called ‘another Christ.” Mother Teresa

“…the power of the priest is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world. …thus the priest may be called the creator of the Creator…” —  The dignity of the priesthood by Liguori, p. 33

“For thou art the shepherd, thou art the physician, thou art the director, thou art the husbandman, finally thou art another God on earth.” — Labbe and Cossart’s “History of the Councils” Vol. XIV, col. 109

Consider these statements above in contrast with what God says, “I will not give My glory to another” (Isaiah 48:11).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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