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137. Catholic Marriage & Divorce
Catholics uphold the sanctity of marriage, but also insist on the value of celibacy. Some of their Saints even divorced their spouses for a life of celibacy? They also insist that divorcees can never remarry and are guilty of adultery. But is this what the Bible teaches?
136. Our Lady of Guadalupe Debunked
Urban legends claim that in 1531, Mary appeared to Juan Diego and imprinted a miraculous painting on his tilma cloak. Yet this story didn’t exist until 117 years after the event. It’s also known who did this supposed miraculous painting ((and there’s nothing miraculous about it either).
135. The Shroud of Turin Hoax
In the 1350s, dubious stooges claimed to have the very linen cloth Jesus was buried in! It was debunked almost immediately by the local bishop, and has been debunked as a forgery by science. Despite this, numerous popes, both recent and distant, believed it was authentic! Yet the Gospel of John says Jesus was buried in strips of linen, not a complete sheet!
134. Padre Pio the Fraud
Padre Pio was a womaniser, an Italian fascist, and a fraudulent teller of tall tales. According to Catholic dogma he was guilty of the sin of presumption, rank heresies, necromancy and banned from priestly duties by the Vatican itself! Yet Pope John Paul II canonised and mythologised him in 2002! Was he a saint or a fake? Find out now!
133. Our Lady of Fatima Debunked
In 1917, three shepherd children claimed to see the Virgin Mary, even though thousands of Catholics and few skeptics saw nothing. They also stared at the sun, expecting a miracle. The sun appeared to dance in the sky. Decades after the event, Lucia dos Santos claimed to have been given a series of prophecies, but never mentioned them until long after they were fulfilled. What evidence is there for these bizarre events in 1917? Find out now!
132. The Bible Debunks Catholicism (Catholicism #5)
Do Catholics really believe the Bible? Does the Bible support celibate priests or the status of Mary? Does the Bible teach assurance of salvation? Find out now!