Isn’t it?) NEW VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY In John’s Gospel, the scribes and Pharisees present an adulterous woman to Jesus. How many times have you heard this statement before? The difference is that, in most civilized societies, the abortion is legal but the killing of the fetus against the will of the mother, including by killing the mother, is illegal. My faith left, returned, left, returned and left for good. Following are the minimum requirements for Catholics: Attend Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation. We find countless examples where God gives us freedom before He institutes rules. He earned his M.A. He knows that if freedom is not properly understood and applied in the correct manner, it will leads to corruption, chaos and destruction. To those who do not need to ask why the Catholic Church follows a path, contrary to the world, no answer will ever be necessary; and for those who do no answer will ever suffice. When I was teaching moral theology, my students learned a definition for love, composed by Eric Fromm: “Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love.” Active concern means you always care. Go (and) from now on do not sin any more”. WWII had just ended and the nuclear age had begun. At the beginning, God gives Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth; the plants, animals, all living things. What does this have to do with rules? We are stuck with an absolute monarchy akin to the rule of King Louis XIV in France that led to the French Revolution in 1789. (3) The Catholic Doctrine Touching the Church as the Rule of Faith. “If you love me, you would let me live my life my way!” Heard that before? MORNNG OFFERING 1-----MORNNG OFFERING 2-----BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS III. Q: What are the rules for being Catholic? Copyright © A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. As someone considering conversion to Catholicism once said to me: Should I ever make the move to Catholicism, I would hate for my perception of God to recede from a God who created me and continually directs my footsteps to a God who stands behind a gray wall of do’s and don’ts. Oftentimes, people want to know, “What does the Church say about this?” or “Does the Church forbid me to do that?”—and are disappointed that there is no “official document” allowing or proscribing certain actions, only general guidelines that they must use their best judgment to apply to the action in question. Recognizing that many of its beliefs and practices are utterly foreign to Scripture, the Catholic Church is forced to deny the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Being counter-cultural “includes letting go of pleasures as the path to happiness.” Rules also build self-control. The term Church, in this connection, can only denote the teaching Church, as is clear from the passages already quoted from the New Testament and the Fathers. Maybe we should kill people who are bedridden who can’t live on their own. Some Catholics may believe that the idea of a personal relationship with God is a Protestant invention that they should spurn. Therefore, Catholics always stand in good company. All the rites of the Catholic Church are of equal dignity and equally valid. All of the Precepts of the Church are binding under pain of mortal sin, but since they seem so obviously man-made rules, … The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! Meditate especially on the four last things; the Life and Passion of our Blessed Lord; the virtues, privileges, and sorrows of our Blessed Lady; and on feast days, on the mystery or Saint of the day. Pope Paul VI, in his monumental encyclical Humane Vitae (July 1968), made some startling predictions about what would happen if contraception became widely accepted. No. He inquires if anyone has come to condemn her. The sacraments make Christ present in our midst. Jesus freed her from a death sentence and instituted a rule to keep her safe from any and all forms of death; sin. Your email address will not be published. During the last World Youth Day Pope Francis told the youth of our world: “…be revolutionaries” and “swim against the tide”. -----If your occupations and condition of life allow you, make a daily meditation for at least a quarter of an hour or half an hour. A lot, actually. But the New Testament idea of faith is not simple; indeed, it possesses a breadth of meaning that has led to varying understandings, even within a single Christian communion. I lost my virginity. Cremation has been permitted in the Catholic Church since 1963, but many Catholics don't know there are also many rules surrounding the choice. Deacon Mike Talbot (www.abitadeacon.com) said it best in an article written in response to a piece that appeared in the Washington Post about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s retirement: Our call to live counter-culturally is as old as the church itself. The Church has always recognized the necessity for rules (and always will). This includes loving our neighbor as ourselves. Another example is found in Exodus, when God leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. There is a heartbeat a 3 weeks. Are my arguments for atheism so unconvincing that they increase your faith? Let’s begin with Genesis. The Roman Catholic Church is a BIG HOAX because it teaches the TRADITIONS of men instead of the commandments of God. He has served in Catholic education, youth ministry, the Chastity/Pro-Life movement, and other areas of the Church. Then you admit that abortion is killing. http://abitadeacon.blogspot.com/2013/02/wow-washington-post-article-that-gets.html. The “rules and regulations” of Catholicism no more stifle an individual’s personal relationship with God than the “rules and regulations” of a car’s owner’s manual stifle a driver’s personal freedom to drive his car. (Genesis 1:28-30 NAB)  He even tells them, “You are free to eat from any of the trees in the garden…”. The Catholic Church does likewise. I don’t believe in the soul. Even becoming a nun doesn’t get you the boon of the sacrament of Holy Orders — only men can be ordained. John Lennon boasted (or many people took it that way) that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. According to the Catholic tradition, the history of the Catholic Church begins with Jesus Christ and his teachings (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30) and the Catholic Church is a continuation of the early Christian community established by the Disciples of Jesus. Many Catholic teenagers struggle today with this idea of going against the culture. They are constantly inundated with so much ‘pleasure’, they fear ridicule if they question any of it, or hesitate to participate. Think of how mathematics is taught: The teacher explains the principles of arithmetic, demonstrates some problems on the blackboard, then assigns homework for the students to practice the principles. In so doing, the Vatican has created a non-spirit based religion that offers faithless heathens a structured system of religion from the cradle to the casket. We didn’t start the fire. The rules that express it remain substantially valid. Instead, Catholics are called to live in radical service to our God. There’s nothing modern –or moderate –about that. He wants to help us remain truly free. THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY Why Pope, Bishops and Priests? My mother died of breast cancer. Actually, this regulation merely reflects an ancient tradition in our Church, which is even rooted in Judaism. My girlfriend had an abortion after I stopped seeing her. You can’t do any of that! (Genesis 2:17 NAB) God offers freedom to human beings (free-will) knowing we will misuse it. We need rules so our lives can correspond with God’s original plan for us. Thanks for cooperating. Telling the Church they need to be more lenient, more modern, or more progressive is like trying to persuade the residents of Mackinac Island that they need a full service gas station. Damaged lives when love goes wrong remind us why the Church has such stringent standards when it comes to sexual sin. “A woman should have the right to choose what goes on in her body.” Yes, she should, but when she is carrying another life, with another soul and DNA, she has no right to dispose of it. The level of value placed on the opinion of a fellow Catholic should increase based on that person’s fidelity to the Church, his education and spiritual maturity in the faith, and (if applicable) on the reception of the sacrament of holy orders. I will concentrate on three specific examples from Sacred Scripture that prove this point. There are surprisingly few official rules about decorating churches, much to the chagrin of those who have been crowded out by Christmas poinsettias or engulfed by Easter lilies. The Church will always be attacked by those, determined to undermine (and question) her authority. Now let’s examine the New Testament. http://lifeteen.com/epic-pope-francis-quotes-world-youth-day-rio-2013/, This Week's Best in Catholic Apologetics | DavidLGray.INFO, Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets - BigPulpit.com, The Ongoing Incarnation: A Christmas Meditation, Answering a World of Lies with the Fifth Advent Candle, Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates, A Countercultural View About Women in the Church, Religious Life – A Gift to the Church and Society. Canon 844 (c.671 in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches). What you or I think is morally acceptable or not is irrelevant. I see where you stand. Those Catholics would be in ignorance of the many saints who stressed the. Analogously, the Church lays out the principles of faith and morals; Catholic Answers, among other Catholic apostolates that provide similar outreaches (e.g., EWTN), demonstrates how to apply those principles to some of the problems our supporters ask us about; it is now up to you to use the knowledge you gain from Church documentation and the examples demonstrated for you by our apostolate to solve the problems you and your family face in your everyday life. All I will say is neither will happen!). Bill, I was born about the same time as you were, 1946. While there is indeed room for legitimate diversity of opinion in how Church documents should be understood, Catholics should be wary of falling into a quasi-Protestant. The main rule of the Catholic Church forbids anythings that goes against happiness. At times, admittedly, the altar looks like it’s been attacked by a rioting mob of florists. Does the Catholic Church have "too many rules"? 2. What is the significance of that? (The pope emeritus acknowledged in, That said, it is also incumbent on those Catholics who are seeking to grow in their own faith to also be open to admitting when they are in error, to being willing to accept and consider carefully constructive criticism, and to continue to learn and grow in their own knowledge of the Faith. In fact, just as knowing the owner’s manual can help a driver keep his car in top condition and thereby free him from worry about breakdowns, knowing “the rules of the road” in Catholicism can free a Catholic from worry about spiritual “breakdowns” so that he can more fully participate in his personal relationship with God. Catholicism is a religion that places value on learning from people, not just from documents. Knowing what you should do (and not do) provides for an enjoyable experience. As for DNA, I fail to see the concern. What the woman does with her body is not illegal. Catholics are called, yes, to engage with the society around them, but not to adapt ourselves to the popular sentiments of our time. Actually, although it may not appear so, the Church is remarkably quiet on a great many issues that face people in daily life. 314. We must "sanctify… As a teacher, I became aware of this underlying sense of loyalty early on. Jesus says the one without sin may throw the first stone, and as He begins to write on the ground, each man leaves the area. The Pope does not even have a cabinet. (i.e. Its moral prescriptions are summed up in the Ten Commandments. Many seem to forget that second part. We live in a society that promotes indulgence, and everyone feels entitled to their way. We in the USA live according to rules (laws) too. Go to confession annually if not more often or when needed. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. In the last few decades, new rules have emerged that broaden the options for burials, including where Catholics can be buried and when it's acceptable to be cremated. Rules provide guidelines, the same as boundaries do in sports. Secondly, if a pregnant woman is murdered, the murderer is charged with a double homicide. Abortion and killing a pregnant woman both usually involve taking the life of a fetus. 1980 The Old Law is the first stage of revealed law. Todd was born and raised outside Philadelphia, PA (Go Phillies!) In principle he decides everything. I met my future wife. The Church has specific rules on what constitutes a proper Catholic burial that date back thousands of years. Rules ensure this. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. She is indeed (and unapologetically) counter-cultural. He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things Catholic. Why does the church teach that marriage is a sacrament? The Catholic Church disguises its pagan beliefs under layers of complicated theology and church tradition. Catholicism was, and has always been, about structure built by faith and for faith. We are a fallen people. God knew we would misuse our freedom. The Catholic Church defines three conditions under which the Pope is infallible: I. Our secular culture enjoys portraying Catholics as those radical ‘kill-joys’, who lie in wait, as you express your means to happiness and the pleasures of this world, so they can rebuke you with, “NO! When I was teaching at previous high school, I would often run into this issue about rules (especially when it came to moral theology). Those are two entirely different worlds to me. While he himself is the bishop of the diocese of Rome, he is the leader of the entire Christian flock as commissioned by Jesus (John 21:15-19). Though we are sinners, we are still called to persevere in righteousness. He remains close to them as Pharaoh pursues. My response to this dilemma was informing my students about the Bible. This is a good example that also includes compassion and love. Nonetheless, now that I am approaching senior citizenship, I feel I don’t need too many rules anymore. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Many women play active roles in the Catholic Church, but few of them have sanctioned titles. Whenever I hear people talk about the lack of love in our world, I am quick to remind that love is indeed, everywhere, however it mostly exists in a misconstrued form.”. (John 8:11 NAB) Jesus shows compassion. And since man is called to be in relationship with God and neighbor, one important way man learns the shape and application of rules is through personal relationship with teachers. Guy. I realize I am on a Catholic blog so I might not have much support. In the catholic church there are rules and in those rules it states, "Catholics cannot marry outside the catholic religion." Your email address will not be published. I must start off by acknowledging that the personal opinions of Catholic apologists are not binding in conscience on any Catholic, and conscientious apologists will do their best to distinguish for inquirers between what the Church teaches and what is their personal opinion. It’s been always burning since the world’s been turning. (Genesis 2:16 NAB)  After this, however, He establishes a rule, “…except from the tree of knowledge of good and bad”. Catholicism is a religion that places value on learning from people, not just from documents. What is the role of the Pope in relation to the Bishops (and previous Popes)? Woodstock. 3. 1981 The Law of Moses contains many truths naturally accessible to reason. Bill answers that question in a new set of videos in the CATHOLIC BASICS series. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. 1. Life and growth entails all forms of life and growth of your beloved (intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual). First among equals. We divide time between BC and AD, but I could easily divide it between pre and post 1972. If Catholic Online has given you $5.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Is the mother the only one who can kill her fetus? So, the DNA is all there for a human being. In fact, the scholars of the law in Jesus’ day were so wrapped up in doctrine as an end in itself, they were unable to see that Jesus was leading people down a new and surprising path toward his glory, the pope said Oct. 13 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. and now lives and works down south. To dismiss constructive challenges by informal and formal teachers of the Faith to one’s own settled opinions by labeling anything with which one disagrees as “personal opinion” is problematic, especially when one does so because of disagreement over how a Church document should be read. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued new guidelines for cremation for Catholics. The … More → BillS-You are one of God’s tools in bringing me back to Him. Every created being, even creation itself, is subject to the rules (whether they be scientific or moral) that shape its being. We need to have a point where a person cannot be killed such as when the fetus is capable of living on its own. The pope is the head of the Church on earth. The Church sets out the parameters in such documents as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law (not to mention Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition) and then leaves it to individuals to apply what they know about the Faith to the situations they face. 861, part 2. Of all the bishops and archbishops in the world he is the leader. This also includes letting go of pleasure as the path to happiness (spoiler: it’s not). Therefore, the catholic man can't marry a divorced Methodist woman. He frees her of this capital offense, but then tells her not commit sin ever again. He is the Vicar of Christ in that he guides the Church in faith and morals. How is that possible? If the mother is not incapacitated, she is the only one who should be able to make the decision. We put a man on the moon. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic … Yes, the Catholic Church is radical, but in a good way. (It is interesting that His compassion was counter-cultural. This caricature has long been the model of everything contrary to popular culture; and the Catholic Church seems to be its poster child. Accept and believe all that the Catholic Church definitively and authoritatively teaches. We believe in a God who lived among us, died for us, and showed us the way to live lives of courage and conviction–whatever our culture. The Catholic Church claims seven sacraments, the Lutheran Church only two: baptism and the Lord's Supper. It has been over 45 years since this document was written and people still believe he was wrong. The Catholic Church wants you to be happy and only by being in the state of Grace a.k.a being baptized in the Catholic Church can make you truly happy. Required fields are marked *. Roman Catholics believe that, under certain circumstances, the pope is infallible (that is, he can not make a mistake). But, just as Jesus once said of the Sabbath, rules are for man, not man for rules. 1. In accordance with the structure of each church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is truly noble, prominent, conspicuous, worthily decorated, and suitable for prayer. The present day process for selecting a pope is through election. Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithful only and, likewise, the latter may licitly receive the sacraments only from Catholic ministers with due regard for parts 2, 3, and 4 of this canon, and can. Or that, or that, or even that, too…”  (And of course they stand 10 feet tall, hold a ruler in one hand, and admonish you with the other; extending that incredibly long forefinger.). One of the common complaints about the Catholic Church, which can be heard from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is that the Church is chockablock with rules, rules, rules. Looking back, I see critical turning points. Learn how your comment data is processed. (John 8:1-11 NAB) This crime was punishable by death (stoning). But I do support death with dignity. The reason women can’t be priests goes to the establishment of … Follow him on twitter @4RealCatholic for encouraging and inspiring stories, scripture passages, and thoughts from the saints. (They just can’t explain where.) The Church will always be attacked by those, determined to undermine (and question) her authority. (Exodus 14:21-31 NAB)  It is later on that God presents Moses with the 10 Commandments. The Catholic Church teaches that human life and human sexuality are inseparable. Observe the Precepts of the Church: The Precepts 1) You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament. So. I was born at a very interestng time in history. Prostitution is usually illegal because it draws other socially unacceptable elements such as drugs and other vices. Roman Catholicism - Roman Catholicism - Beliefs and practices: The idea of faith shared by all Christian churches is rooted in the New Testament. Much the same can be said of priests and other teachers of the Faith, up to and including the pope. Texas set it at 20 weeks. In the end, it is just Jesus and the woman. Neither you nor I, or anyone else for that matter, can tell a woman what her rights are when it is her body, not yours, mine or anyone else’s. It is a necessary foundation for the erection of moral rules and civil law. The declaration must be binding on the whole Church III. Is the mother the only one who can kill her fetus? Worship - As to the manner of worship, Luther chose to retain altars and vestments and prepare an order of liturgical service, but with the understanding that … 2180 The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass." (Exodus 20: 1-17)  Again, they were given freedom first, then rules. Everything in our world needs to be regulated, especially our behavior (and for good reason). If a person is terminally and wants assistance in dying, it should not be denied. (http://lifeteen.com/epic-pope-francis-quotes-world-youth-day-rio-2013/) Deacon Mike would agree. Kennedy was assassinated. Imagine a baseball game where no foul balls or strikes were ever called. The apologists here at Catholic Answers seek to provide people with the documentation they need to consider, and to help in applying the principles to given situations, but the final decision is left to them. A: Love God. If you happen to be a Catholic, you might be surprised that even you don't know all the traditions and rules of the church. Even if I were to maintain a “personal relationship” with God (I know, that’s a Protestant term that is sometimes ridiculed by Catholics), I would be concerned that my children would view the Church as a mountain of rules and eventually fade into apostasy. Still, Catholicism isn't averse to changing with the times. That is a metaphysical concept for which there is no supporting evidence. in Theology from Catholic Distance University (Thank you, St. Joseph of Cupertino). Making prostitution illegal is based on what the state considers to be in the public interest not sexual morality. I understand the sense of loyalty. We can only aid discernment and help to inform consciences; we cannot be anyone’s conscience. Like the other sacraments, marriage is not just for the good of individuals, or the couple, but for the community as a whole. He provides for their safety and their needs. Pius XII was pope and the Catholic Church provided the moral compass for what seemed to be the whole world. As a Catholic, basically you’re required to live a Christian life, pray daily, participate in the sacraments, obey the moral law, and accept the teachings of Christ and his Church. Love your neighbor. Ultimately, rules give shape to a given thing. People have become immune to the dangers of questioning rules, and the media capitalizes on this ignorance. To hear them tell it, a Catholic dare not let out a wayward squeak for fear of the Ruler of Doom being cracked across his knuckles by Sister Mary Ferocious of the Divine Wrath. Jesus says in Matthew’s Gospel: “So be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect”. But they were there to protect me and not spoil all the fun, as I once thought. The Catholic Church is ruled by an entirely dysfunctional hierarchy. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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