Q. 1. Some of my non-Catholic friends say that the Catholic Church is the Babylon mentioned in the Holy Bible. They quote 1 Peter 5:13 and Revelations 14:8. How do I respond to these comments?
"She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son." [1 Peter 5:13]
"Then another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” " [Rev. 14:8]
A. 1. When studying history, you quickly learn that in the early days of the Christian Church, the word "Babylon" was used as a code word by the Christians, including the Apostles, when they referred to pagan Rome. This application originated as a result of the pagan Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar who deported the Israelites in 587 B.C.
During the days of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's, the anti-Catholics referred to the Catholic Church as the whore of Babylon because of the evil it saw in the Church that was instituted by Jesus Christ. It cannot be denied that throughout the history of the Catholic Church, because of the weak human nature, there has been some evil in the Church. The same applies to all the denominations that are found around the world. Unfortunately the media appears to "love" to publicize Catholic corruption while hushing up Protestant scandals.