Catholic Guilt is knowing right from wrong, and having that self-conscious emotion involving guilty feelings, resulting from a failure to do something that should have been done.

As always the King James Bible has the answer … this is simply the condition of having an unpurged conscience.

The conscience is the moral sense, personal standards, principles, ethics, creed or beliefs, the rights and wrongs that a person internally knows.

To be purged is to be rid of something of an unwanted quality, condition, feeling or guilt.

The Old Testament sacrifices were done with animal blood, and this could only ever cover their sins, as their guilt could not be washed away, as we can today with Christ’s 2,000 year old shed blood … not the ‘hooch’ they serve up in churches.

Day after day, the  Old Testament Jew would, they would go up to temple to atone for sins in accordance with God’s injunction as follows …

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11)

Animal blood would be spilt but the guilt would still be there. The next day would be the same… and the next day … and so on.

Their guilt associated with the sin could never be purged …. done away with.  

You see, that’s why it’s called Catholic Guilt today, because instead of animal blood, Catholics use pretend blood … the Catholic priest saying “Hocus Pocus” (hochest corpus) … Dah! Dah! I now have the actual blood of Jesus here in this cup.”

Pretend blood can only produce pretend purging of guilt.

With animal blood, not being able to separate the soul from the flesh of the body, the two remained connected, until the shed blood of Christ performed the spiritual circumcision necessary to separate the two (Colossian 2:11). Hence our soul can be totally cleansed, the conscience purged, and the guilt done away with.

The Old Testament soul, person, not only had the remembrance of sins … but also the guilt attached. Today, a Christian will remember sins but without the guilt.

Call it what you will, everybody has ‘Catholic’ guilt. That’s just a ‘clever made-up’ title.

Everyone has their ‘standards’ … and no one can live up to their own. It’s called “I must become a better person” or “I must turn over a new leaf” or “I must stop drinking so much” and so on. The Bible says even without God’s Ten Commandments, we know right from wrong, as the Bible says as follows … “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)


“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

Paul in writing to the Hebrews says “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” (Hebrews 10:2)… that is to be free from the guilt attached.

Paul says the continuous shedding of animal blood could not purge the conscience.

Dear Reader, get saved trusting in the shed blood of Christ.

Getting saved does not mean we will have no more remembrance of sins … we will … but there will be no more consciousness/conscience of sins … the guilt will be gone. Bye Bye Catholic Guilt.


Harley Hitchcock 

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