The Brown Scapular is an extension of the Cloak of Elijah ... of the miraculous Cloak of Elijah.
Furthermore, the miraculous Prophet Elijah is regarded to be the founder of the Carmelite Order.
Now, if you have a problem with the two aforesaid assertions and declare them to be idolatry, then take your complaint to Elijah and the writers of the Old Testament. It doesn't solve any- thing, to shoot the messenger. So, it would help for the non-believers to assess the meaning of Elijah's cloak. After all, how does something physical and inanimate have an instantaneously life-changing power to it, as if it were performing heat conduction or electrical conduction?
Involved in this phenomenon is either the metaphysical or the consecration of a physical item, for the performance of spiritual power. Or else both features are equally involved. Ironically, all that is required for miracles to happen is for someone to have Faith, as opposed to a PhD. You don't have to know how something works, in order for it to work.
While we are at it, there is also the matter of St. Paul's miraculous power which was somehow transmitted into towels and aprons when they touched St. Paul, himself. It does sound like heat or electrical conduction, even though it was a matter of spiritual power, and not a harnessed molecular power.
Acts 19: 11-12 reads as follows
So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished
at the hands of PAUL that, when facial cloths or aprons that
touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left
them and the evil spirits came out of them.
Now, Acts 19 describes the valid & successful use of Third Class Relics. Such relics are pieces of cloth or other physical items such as paper that are touched to an actual living saint or to the bodily remains of a saint who has already gone into eternity.
And of course, a person who identifies himself as "a born-again Christian" or a Baptist or a Fundamentalist or "Saved" would call the use of relics the ritualistic act of idolatry. Well, to do so is to call St. Paul a Satanic idolater. In fact, it's to call the New Testament ritualistic idolatry. This is because the use of third-class relics were used to spread St. Paul's miraculous power. Therefore, relics are Biblical.
The Old Testament gives an instance of a miracle involving a First Class Relic. That type of relic is the actual saint, himself; as in a bone fragment, etc. In the Second Book of Kings, a miracle occurred when a corpse was thrown into the grave of Elijah's prime student and spiritual heir, Elisha. Thus, miracles done at the contact of First Class Relics IS Biblical.
Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they saw such a raiding band. So they cast the man into the grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and got to his feet.
Back to the Cloak of Elijah - - - and to each brown scapular which is an extension of that cloak.
2 Kings 2:14:
Wielding the mantle which had fallen from Elijah, he struck the water and said, “The LORD, the God of Elijah—where is he now?” He struck the water. It divided, and he crossed over.
Elijah's Cloak was a Second Class Relic. A second-class relic is a former possession of a saint. Examples are a book, a favorite chair, an article of clothing, and Elijah's Cloak. With this comes the conversation of metaphysical power which can be a lengthy topic. HOWEVER, all angels have a METAPHYSICAL attachment to physical creation, and they perhaps come into the relic schematic, in matters involving second-class relics effecting miracles.
Of course, Catholics understand that not everything is in the Bible, being that St. John wrote this into his Gospel. Plus, Paul told his followers to also observe that which he taught them verbally, in addition to whatever written teachings were sent to them. Verbal teaching is called, TRADITION.
2 Thessalonians 2:15
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that
you were taught, either by an ORAL STATEMENT or by a letter of ours.
Thus, TRADITION --- church teaching outside of the Bible --- is Biblical, ironically enough. The Bible is NOT God. It's a testimonial to the existence of God and the mindset of God. Mindset is understood to be the same as "personality." Moreover, the Law of God and the Will of God are the exact same thing. To claim that "everything is in the Bible," is IDOLATRY. It's the worship of the Bible, instead of God.
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While we're still here, let's address the claim that it's a sin to call a priest, "father." After all, Jesus did say to call no one your father, but God the Father. Well, the Catholic Church does recognize God the Father to be the Unmoved Mover ... and the Uncatalyzed Catalyst ... who authored life and wrote the blueprint on the only Church ever founded by his only Begotten Son. The use of the name, father, as it applies to priests, has a lesser meaning of the word, father. And it comes from St. Paul, himself. In the FIRST Letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 2, verses 10 to 12, Saint Paul wrote:
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly, justly, and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers.
The bottom line is that some people think that they know the mind of God & the Will of God, when the fact is that they are clueless. And people who don't read the Bible are even stupider.