Posts tagged Catholicism
Posts tagged Catholicism
In the end, you have two choices, leave the faith or not leave it. Many people have chosen to leave the Church because of the sex abuse scandal. They saw the Church as being hypocritical, and since people don’t like being associated with hypocrites, they found it best to leave. I’m sure many more will follow them, either for the same, or different reasons.
However, I think it’s important to point out, no one should be surprised that there’s going to be hypocrisy in the Church. The Church is made up of people, and because we are all fallen due to original sin, we are all sinners and hypocrites. So yeah, there’s going to be hypocrisy in the Church, because the Church exists in the world. But, there’s also hypocrisy anywhere else you go. So, if you’re trying to get away from that by leaving the Church, I don’t know where you plan on going.
What the Catholic Church is though, is the only organization that fights against the hypocrisy of the world. Even though we are in the world, we are fighting the world. We are God’s rebel outpost behind the Enemy’s lines. Are we going to fall, yes, we’re only human, but because we are protected by the Holy Spirit, we are going to get back up, and the gates of Hell will never prevail against us. Specifically regarding the sex abuse scandal, you can already see this process has begun. The Catholic Church has apologized profusely, aided the victims, and instituted the toughest child security policies in the world. We’ve addressed the problem, and other organizations are only beginning to realize that they are infected with the same cancer we had, and they’ve begun covering it up.
So, as a Catholic, of course I’m going to tell you that you shouldn’t leave the faith because it is the Church, and only the Church, which offers the life-giving body of Christ. And as a human being, I’m going to tell you that if you want to join the fight against our fallen sinful human nature you can try to do it alone, but you won’t get very far. Or you can stick with the Catholic faith and join your brothers and sisters who are all striving to make a better Church and a better world, and in the end, isn’t that what it means to be human? I hope this helps.
(PS, tell your classmates to bug off. Friends are supposed to be there to build you into a better person. If they’re not doing that, you don’t need them in your life.)
1. There are three conceptual categories of existence. Things that necessarily exist, things that have possible existence, or things that cannot exist.
2. These categories are necessarily distinct. No one thing can belong to more than one category. To say otherwise is to contradict oneself.
3. Therefore, one cannot say that things with necessary existence do not exist, for that would be confounding the first category with either the second or third.
4. Therefore, there has to be at least one entity which can be said to have necessary existence, and it necessarily exists.
5. This is known to all to be God.
This is the “n” of “Nazarean”, tagged on the walls of christian houses in Mosul (Iraq), before they were forced to exile and their cathedral was burned. There’s a genocide going on there, right now.
Where wasn’t God throughout the early years of humanity? Look at any civilization, any culture, even the ones we know virtually nothing about, and you’ll see they all had some idea some image of God. Were they perfectly refined ideas of God as the “I am who am,” who’s essence is existence, manifested in triune unity? No, of course not, but neither did they know that light could be observed as both a wave and a particle, yet observe light they did, and just as they observed light without understanding it, so too do we see that they observed religious practices towards God, though not always with understanding.
The fact that for almost the entire history of mankind, man has had some image of God speaks to God’s movement in the world, for where else could the idea of God have come from, but God Himself? And the unanimous testimony in distant lands throughout the ages of God’s presence in the world can only be seen as the concurrence of thousands of independent experiments, and in each one, we find the null hypothesis, that God exists, has never been rejected.
Thus, the question to ask is not “Where was God throughout the early years of humanity?” But “Where was atheism?” If atheism is supposed to be the natural state of humanity and theism is merely some fabrication, then why should we find theism in all cultures, and atheism in virtually none? It does not make sense. Therefore, Beloved, rejoice in the knowledge we who are born in Christ through baptism are blessed to have, that the God that walked the vast oceans of eternity before the formation of the Earth, worshiped in some form by all peoples, is the same God that walked on the waters of the sea of Galilee as Jesus the Christ.
In Amor Christi,
These are the 60+ high school and college age young men who spent 4 days at Mount St. Mary’s seminary to discern, alongside the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, God’s will in their life.
Pray that these young men may have the courage to answer the call, whatever God is calling them to in their life.
For anyone who wants to read GK Chesterton on economics.
It’s essentially a critique of Capitalism and a plan to try to introduce distributism in England.
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome… Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.
The important quote is:
“True liberation is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us,”
Several people have asked me to share my discernment story so far, so I wanted to share the essay I wrote for my application to seminary. So, here it is, below the fold:
Well, the relevant question is, does the afterlife even apply to animals?
Thomas Aquinas argued that it didn’t because they are not rational creatures. Rational creatures (human beings) are capable of thinking about eternal and infinite things, irrational creatures are not. Thus, human beings who already think about infinite can live infinitely, animals which do not, cannot. So it’s not that animals aren’t smart, it’s that they don’t have the capacity for contemplation of eternal things, (esp. God.)
On the other hand, other people have made other arguments for an afterlife for animals. CS Lewis did one here: http://www.fellowshipoffaith.org/images/files/upload/Problem_of_Pain.pdf
So, TL;DR: It depends on whether God made animals to live for infinity, or only for this life. If it’s the first, it’s possible animals could go to heaven, if it is the second, they might just disappear after they die. Either way, I don’t think anyone’s argued, and I don’t think it’s possible to argue that any would go to hell.