make that one sentence "none but the Catholics can claim to be the original Christian Church" My typo. One more comment. Some of the posters further down make the specious claims that the Catholic Church added a lot of things, etc. Remember the words of Jesus. After He said thou art Peter, etc. He also said. I give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven. Whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. This is the ultimate authority that the church uses when she makes her decisions about the faith.