Posts tagged Catholicism
Posts tagged Catholicism
"I want to say two things. The cases of abuses are terrible because they leave extremely deep wounds. Benedict XVI was very courageous and he cleared a path. The Church has done so much on this path. Perhaps more than anyone. The statistics on the phenomenon of the violence against children are shocking, but they also show clearly that the great majority of abuses take place in the family environment and around it. The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No other has done more. And, the Church is the only one to be attacked."
-Pope Francis, March 5th interview
Hey all, I wanted to let you know that I have been accepted into the archdiocese of Baltimore’s program for priestly formation. Thanks for all the prayers and support!
My professor asked me to type up the regulations for classroom use of electronics. He really shouldn’t have.
The Catholic Church believes every person is entitled to the opportunity to have adequate medical care. This may be achieved in a variety of ways, and the Church does not particularly care which method is used, (so long as the method chosen does not violate any other moral principle,) leaving the task of discovering what is the most efficient method of delivering the best quality care to those who need it to professionals and experts in those fields. It should be noted that while a government run healthcare system is not necessary, since the government is tasked with the protection of their people’s rights, if those people are not receiving adequate care, then the government does have an obligation to step in and remedy the problem, in a manner that is harmonious with the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity. Does this answer your question?
Some of tumblr’s best and brightest Eastern Orthodox bloggers have gotten together to make a Q&A blog similar to the Catholic “Thepapists.tumblr.com”
The blog is “orthodoxcatholics.tumblr.com,” and it is bound to be a good read for those interested in learning more about our Eastern brethren. So spread the word!
In many ways I still am. I accept fully the teachings of the Catholic Church, sure, but do my actions always show that? I mean, I’ve met people who say things like, “I believe in God because the angels told me about Him,” and I always say, “that’s a touching story,” but in my head I think “Sure they did.” Also, I believe fully that perfection of the virtues, but I haven’t sold away everything I have and given the money to the poor, and I haven’t thrown myself into thorn bushes or jumped into freezing ponds like some of the saints did to protect their chastity. I’m not constantly praying or serving the poor. I push myself, but I also grow complacent.
I’m not saying one has to go to extremes, or believe every story about angels and God they’re told, but given the radical beliefs I hold as a Catholic, dang, I’m definitely not as radical as I can be.
My point is, faith is not a destination. It’s a journey. While there are principles and beliefs we assent to as Christians, faith itself is not a laundry list of anathemas. It’s an unwavering knowledge that no matter how high the crap gets, (and it gets high) God will not only dig you out, but then turn it into fertilizer. And we love Him for it.
As I’ve said before, I did not accept most of the Church’s teachings for much of middle school and high school. I started believing them, not because I stopped being skeptical, but because when I applied my skepticism to every possibility, I found the Church’s position the strongest. So, you’re questioning the Church? Good. The Church is a serious thing, and if we stop questioning serious things we’re in big trouble. But make sure you keep a healthy perspective. Question everything else too. And don’t let people give you a distorted idea. Take people’s advice and do ask for guidance in your search, but go to the source yourself. Never stop searching for truth. In the end, if you search for truth, you will find Christ.
Sometimes, I think the most relatable character in the Gospels is Pontius Pilate. He was a busy man, who had a lot of things to do, and was just trying to keep peace and order in his province. And this mob thrusts this guy whom Pontius Pilate had never met before, and says, “Hey, we want you to kill him.” Pontius Pilate doesn’t immediately give into their commands, heck, in every other possible scenario, he did just about everything he could to prevent Jesus from dying. In the end though, when he felt pressured, he cracked, and washed his hands of the matter.
How often are we Pontius Pilate in our daily lives? When we see a homeless person on the street, do we actually sit and have a conversation with them, or do we throw a few bucks at them, not even learning their name? Do we get to know the people we interact with, and try to love them in a truly Christian manner, or do we minimize contact in our social lives, worrying about the next thing we have to do? Why do we do this? Is it because we feel we are so busy that giving other people the time of day might inconvenience us somehow? Isn’t that what Pontius Pilate did? He was willing to try to save Christ, until doing so became inconvenient. What did Christ tell us in Mark 12:41-44? Giving from our surplus certainly help those who receive our aid, but we make no sacrifice in doing that. We make no connection to the person we are serving. Christ calls us to radical charity, to give, to sacrifice in His name, even when it becomes inconvenient, even when it takes our whole lives. How often do we let our worries about our responsibilities get in the way of making human connections with the people in our lives, especially the poor, who often go forgotten?
You can have sex. The Catholic Church says that physical intimacy is a healthy and beautiful expression of love. The Catechism says, “Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: “And God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.’” (CCC 1604)
The Catholic Church simply asks that before having sex, you get married. Marriage is at its core a promise a couple makes to “give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.” (CCC 1662)
Now, it seems to me, if both of you want to make that promise, then the two of you should get married and thus, there is nothing in the way of you having sex. If on the other hand though, one of you two is not willing to give of themselves totally and completely to the other, why would you want to say that you are through sex? I think I may be quoting a movie here, I don’t remember which one, but essentially, in sex, the body is making a promise to love the other person forever, and there’s no way to separate that reality from the sexual act. That’s why we say that the sexual act is an expression of marriage, and why sex should only be in marriage. For one to allow the body to say, “I will love you forever” but not be willing to make that commitment in marriage is a kind of duplicity. Does that make sense?
So, the Catholic Church isn’t saying don’t have sex; it’s saying, before you say “I do” with your bodies, say it with your lips.
Does that help?
(Ps. Anyone else is free to expand or clarify my answer. I’m sure there are many people on this site who can do a much better job than I can at explaining it.)
Aw, thank you very much! As for the side cut, I have considered it in the past, but I do want to be a priest, and hopefully soon, so while I think the Trad!Punk style would be awesome, (ex. Blink 182 translated into Latin, Rosary beads with the Green Day heart/grenade painted on it, black jeans under cassocks, mohawks under mantillas etc.) not many in the Church agree with me. So, I think I’ll keep my conventional haircut, at least for now. ; )