Sorry for not answering for a while. As I said, I'm not too active on the Forums. I was incredibly busy with writing essays for English class (and other homework) for the past couple of weeks that I completely forgot that I asked for debates here. I'm sort of back now, so I can try to respond to some of the things that were mentioned here, but also, don't be surprised if I get busy again and don't have time to check this website. It's the end of the school year, you see, lots of cramming and studying for final exams. Thanks Eerie for semi-arguing on my behalf in my absence.
There's lots to touch upon, many things everyone brought up. I'll try to answer as much as I can, but I'm afraid I can't touch upon all of them. Most importantly though, try to keep an open mind while I respond, there's always that possibility that I could be right.
There is no official stance on evolution within the Catholic Church. Each Catholic is free to choose any stance on evolution. Me, I'm currently a believer of Theistic Evolution, or God-Guided Evolution. I may or may not change that stance in the future, based on what people can convince me of. That's a matter for later though, please don't debate me yet on this, since I already have a lot to debate about here.
I'll get back to you on that. We have holy water, but it never occurred to me that other denominations might have a problem with it.
Just like Eerie said, the most common objection I get is that there's only one mediator between God and man. This is true, but not contradictory. Have you never asked a friend or a family member to pray for you? I certainly have, and I am sure most people on the Forums have as well, given the fact we have a Prayer Requests topic. This is what is happening when we pray to Mary and the Saints. We're not messing with Jesus as the role of mediator when we pray for each other, right? Of course not! The Bible encourages us to pray for one another in 1 Tim 2:1-4. Interestingly enough, this is said right before 1 Tim 2:5 which is where you get your mediator quote. If that's not enough, Paul repeatedly asks others to pray for him, and informs the recipients that he is praying for them as well.
I appreciate your concern, Eerie, but I asked for a debate, so if Miss E3 wants to begin it with accusations, that's fine with me. Of course, if I had not asked for a debate, and she began slinging accusations just by the fact that I'm Catholic, then your argument would be valid.
I would like to point out that this is exactly the reason why we have the Pope, the Church and the Vatican. While of course, the Bible is an incredible source of authority, two people could take the same Bible verse, and interpret it in different ways. If we didn't have a structure, or an authority to rely on, then everyone would be doing what they want and pick random bible verses to support what they're doing. The Pope (and the Church) cannot and does not teach anything contradictory to the Bible. They are the authority to figure out which interpretations of the Bible can and can't be accepted.
I'd like to add, that I've also resorted to my own website, catholic.com. Yours is probably biased against the Catholics, and mine is biased towards the Catholics. Just as you believe your website is well-written and bible-based, so is mine. Bible verses are used to back up claims, and arguments are logically sound.