So, how could anyone not want to be Catholic?

As Catholic Fundamentalism progresses, the mystery deepens:   “Why isn’t everyone a Catholic?”  The Scriptures are clear, the history evident, and the facts obvious.  To refuse to be a Roman Catholic is to refuse both the Body and Blood, about which Jesus is very clear:  “If you do not eat My Body and drink My Blood, you do not have life in you.”

Every educated person knows that only The Roman Catholic Church has the power to ordain priests and bishops who can transform Wine and Wafer into Blood and Body in the miracle of Transubstantiation at the Mass.

And, every knowledgeable man and woman knows that Jesus said to the first Pope:  “Thou art Peter, and on this rock, I build My Church.”

So, how could anyone not want to be Catholic?

Jesus gives us the answer, beginning in John, 10: 1-18

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

After reading that passage, picture a huge, gleaming cathedral at the side of a road down which every person must pass.  The great cathedral has one entrance.  Alongside the road, at varying distances of the gleaming cathedral, there is a vast collection of ramshackle huts.  There are over 30,000 wretched little hovels, many brightly whitewashed.

The squalid huts are continually being built between those on the road and the gleaming cathedral.  Many ignore the huge, ancient Church.  They decide to enter into one of the shacks nearby, and never leave.

They never leave.