What religion would be right for me?
My parents want me to become Catholic and want me to be baptized, but I am 17 and will be 18 by the time that comes around. I detest Catholicism and I hate the Papacy. The Catholic Church's actions during World War II were pathetic and the pope at the time did nothing to stop Hitler and Mussolini. Better yet, the current pope was a member of the Nazi Youth when he was a child.
Furthermore, I am wealthy. Catholicism is not a religion of the wealthy. I was looking at the religion of the wealthy, and most are Episcopalian, like the Bush's, or Baptist, like the Rockefellers. The point being is that most wealthy people are not Catholic, but a lot of poor people are and their peasant ancestors were when they came to the US. My ancestors came in the 1600's and were Protestants.
Donald Trump is a Protestant, the Bushes are Protestant, the Rockefellers are Protestant, and most wealthy people are.
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
If you choose not to become Catholic, that's fine but make sure you know the truth before you convict people on bad evidence.
"Pius XII? This is the only human being who has always contradicted me and who has never obeyed me." Adolf Hitler --- from Hans Jansen's The Silent Pope? (2000)
In October 1958 in front of the United Nations General Assembly, Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel, said of Pope Pius XII at his death :
''During the 10 years of Nazi terror, when our people went through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecutors and commiserate with their victims.''
Some of the Jewish organizations that praised Pope Pius XII at the time of his death for saving Jewish lives during the horror of the Nazi Holocaust were:
+ The World Jewish Congress
+ The American Jewish Committee
+ The American Jewish Congress
+ The Anti-Defamation League
+ The Central Conference of American Rabbis
+ The National Conference of Christians and Jews
+ The National Council of Jewish Women.
+ The New York Board of Rabbis
+ The Rabbinical Council of America
+ The Synagogue Council of America
No serious scholar contests the evidence that Pius XII took direct and indirect measures to save Jews from the Nazi death machine.
At the start of World War II, Pope Pius XII’s first encyclical was so anti-Hitler that the Royal Air Force and the French air force dropped 88,000 copies of it over Germany. Here is a link to the Summi Pontificatus: Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Unity of Human Society, October 20, 1939: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xii/encycli...
Unfortunately the Soviet Union and others had been trying to convince the world that the Catholic Church was pro-Nazi since the death of Pope Pius in 1958. Here are some sources:
+ The KGB made corrupting the Church a priority: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTUzYmJhMGQ5Y...
+ The KGB campaign against Pius XII: http://www.the-tidings.com/2007/021607/difference....
+ Pius XII and the Jews: http://web.archive.org/web/20010919100700/http://w...
See also "The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews From the Nazis" by Rabbi David G. Dalin which has compiled further overwhelming proof of Pope Pius XII"s friendship for the Jews beginning long before he became pope.
"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly. "
- Albert Einstein, Time Magazine, December 23, 1940 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,7...
+ The Holy See vs. the Third Reich by Ronald J. Rychlak http://soli.inav.net/~jfischer/oct98/ronaldrychlak...
+ Jewish Historian Praises Pius XII's Wartime Conduct by Michael Tagliacozzo http://academics.smcvt.edu/pcouture/jewish_histori...
+ Did Pius XII Remain Silent? by Fr William Saunders http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0...
+ Pius XII and the Jews: The War Years, as reported by the New York Times by by Rev. Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D. http://www.catholicleague.org/pius/piusnyt/bio.htm
With love in Christ.
- 1 decade ago
I don't think that you should chose a religion just because most of the people that are in that religion are not rich. But you should get in a religion that teaches the truth.
Here is a way that a person can know which religion is true.
1 On what are its teachings based?
2 consider whether it is making known the name of god.
3 Is true faith in Jesus christ being demonstrated?
4 Is it largely ritualistic,a formality, or is it a way of life?(God strongly disapproves of religion that is merely a formalism. Isa 1:15-17)
5 do its members truly love one another? John 13: 35
6 is it truly separate from the world? John 15:19
7 are its members active witnesses concerning gods kingdom? Matt 24:14
- BubblesLv 51 decade ago
Wow, are you serious? You are actually considering your denomination based on which church has the richest patrons?
Don't forget all the deaths at the hands of the catholics during the King Henry the 8th era and Queen Elizabeth? I don't know much before this time.
But, seriously here, how long can you hold a religion accountable for something that was done in the past, out of stupidity and intolerance?
If you are going to choose your religion based on your income, then you just need to forget the whole religion thing. I don't think any religion would want you, if they were any half decent one.
- DylanLv 61 decade ago
Catholic would be the Right Religion. Catholicism is the original Christian denomination.
Stop being so conceited. There are Plenty of Rich catholics, as it is the Largest Denomination. In the U.S. it may be the smaller denomination, but in Countries like France, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Italy, The Vatican, and Southern Germany, are Largely Catholic and pretty well-to-do.
But Faith has nothing to do with money, but belief.Source(s): Go ahead and Be protestant, we don't want your snobby attitude.
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- 1 decade ago
This is one of the dumbest questions I have heard!!!! You are trying to decide what you believe based on how much money you have and who is what religion! That DOES NOT matter!!! IT's what you believe! If you don't want to be Catholic, then don't be Catholic and mind you that you are talking about the Catholic church in the past, that's not what it is about today! And the pope might be a Nazi youth group but remember people were forced to do things back then and maybe he has changed his ways.
But that's not relevant to your question. Don't pick a religion based on money and who is a part of that religion.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well I'm glad you came to ask a spiritual question for the right reasons and not something superficial like monetary gain which might make you appear shallow. I mean as long as were holding a contest as to which religion the rich belong to ..you should add in things like which rich religion would require the least amount of your time to stay active. That way it won't take away from your board meetings. And another would be which religion offers the best reward in paradise for least amount of effort. I mean is long as we are going to comparison shop lets not stand on ceremony, no pun intended.
- 1 decade ago
Religion will wear you out. Money cannot buy salvation or a ticket to heaven. Jesus gives rest and salvation. Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant. Corinthians says the letter (or religion) kills. Any religion demanding performance does not have much to do with the Creator, but more to do with ego. How much does it cost to get to heaven? His blood and body. It's been paid for. I used to be Catholic. Not anymore. I have been found in Him. My righteousness is based on faith and grace.Source(s): http://pushingpeanuts.com/?p=20
- Jaye16Lv 51 decade ago
If your main concern is wealth then religion really isn't something you are interested in, religion should be picked because of what your heart tells you, not your wallet.
Although I have heard a rumor that the Jewish people are well to do, (no offense as I am sure this isn't true for everyone), perhaps you could become Jewish since that is the foundational religion of them all.
- JeanineLv 61 decade ago
Religion won't save you. Only a relationship with Jesus Christ can save you. You are looking at external things, such as money. Jesus said that it is easier for a rich man to get through the eye of needle than to enter the kingdom of God. That is because those who trust in riches don't want to give up their own lives.
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- 1 decade ago
Why do you want a religion at all ? They all belong to the medieval or such dark ages in the past. This is 21st century. Why don't you liberate your thought forms from the blindness in all religions ? Follow Albert Einstein's thoughts. He has liberated from his own religion and did not bound with any other too.