Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:38 am
by SkyMutt
OK, I think I understand where my error is. Thank you for your patience. I've been assuming that Catholic theology would at least be internally consistent. There appears to be a logical contradiction here.

The dogma of the Holy Trinity

The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity". The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: "The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God." In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), "Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature."


If the "Father" is the Catholic god whole and entire, as is the "Son" and the "Holy Spirit," and they are persons, then it would seem necessarily that the Catholic god is a person as well. In addition, if human beings are made in the image and likeness of the Catholic god then that god must be a person. Apparently he is not, even if he is spoken of as one, as in this sentence.

I received nine years of Catholic education and got top marks in religion class but did not attend a Catholic university, where I suppose such important distinctions are elucidated.