…HWA’s teachings in this regard were very similar to Catholic teaching – HWA was the “Pope” of the WCG. And like the Pope, he saw himself as 3rd in command of the universe, after God the Father and Jesus Christ.
They also agreed that their Church government superseded – was higher in authority than – any human government and was answerable only to God.
They agreed on the “One True Church” doctrine. Both the Catholic Church and HWA’s WCG laid claim to being the one and only true Church founded by Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church tends to downplay this doctrine when dealing with other faiths in an “ecumenical” setting, but it’s still their official doctrine – the Pope recently reiterated it.
They agreed on the “give till it hurts” philosophy of supporting the Church. Both the Catholic Church and the WCG grew rich on the backs of hard working people and widows mites.
They agreed on building massive, opulent shrines to their own greatness – again, on widows mites.
The agreed on the “minister is always right” philosophy – WCG imperial ministry was every bit as arrogant as the Catholic Church’s imperial priesthood. Anyone who disagrees simply has a bad attitude.
I’ll stop there, lest I provide yet another list of 7 things 😉
—FYI Again briefly touching what Herbert W. Armstrong and the Roman Catholic Church had in common in J’s Shadows of WCG message board August 9th, 2007