(Genesis 2:16 NAB)  After this, however, He establishes a rule, “…except from the tree of knowledge of good and bad”. Damaged lives when love goes wrong remind us why the Church has such stringent standards when it comes to sexual sin. Required fields are marked *. This is a good example that also includes compassion and love. Another example is found in Exodus, when God leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. 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. Jesus freed her from a death sentence and instituted a rule to keep her safe from any and all forms of death; sin. (i.e. Being counter-cultural “includes letting go of pleasures as the path to happiness.” Rules also build self-control. (Genesis 2:17 NAB) God offers freedom to human beings (free-will) knowing we will misuse it. Like the other sacraments, marriage is not just for the good of individuals, or the couple, but for the community as a whole. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Jesus says in Matthew’s Gospel: “So be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect”. Love your neighbor. Life and growth entails all forms of life and growth of your beloved (intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Believe me I would know–I’m a Catholic and very, very happy. Looking back, I see critical turning points. (Exodus 20: 1-17)  Again, they were given freedom first, then rules. 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. We divide time between BC and AD, but I could easily divide it between pre and post 1972. My faith left, returned, left, returned and left for good. 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. She is indeed (and unapologetically) counter-cultural. If she is, someone should be authorized to make it on her behalf, especially if her life is in danger. 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. Bill, it is another life in her body. It is a necessary foundation for the erection of moral rules and civil law. Copyright © A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. 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. (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. This caricature has long been the model of everything contrary to popular culture; and the Catholic Church seems to be its poster child. 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 … Or a football game where there was no out of bounds. Why does the church teach that marriage is a sacrament? Is the mother the only one who can kill her fetus? First among equals. Many seem to forget that second part. Those are two entirely different worlds to me. What is the role of the Pope in relation to the Bishops (and previous Popes)? The Roman Catholic Church is a BIG HOAX because it teaches the TRADITIONS of men instead of the commandments of God. What does this have to do with rules? 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. He remains close to them as Pharaoh pursues. The declaration must be binding on the whole Church III. The Church will always be attacked by those, determined to undermine (and question) her authority. He has served in Catholic education, youth ministry, the Chastity/Pro-Life movement, and other areas of the Church. Every created being, even creation itself, is subject to the rules (whether they be scientific or moral) that shape its being. Pingback: This Week's Best in Catholic Apologetics | DavidLGray.INFO, Pingback: Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets - BigPulpit.com. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued new guidelines for cremation for Catholics. A Catholic apologist should also be open to admitting when he is in error, to being willing to accept and consider carefully constructive criticism, and to continue to learn and grow in his own knowledge of the Faith. Ultimately, rules give shape to a given thing. Go to confession annually if not more often or when needed. The … More → I understand the sense of loyalty. God knew we would misuse our freedom. 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. He knows that if freedom is not properly understood and applied in the correct manner, it will leads to corruption, chaos and destruction. Knowing what you should do (and not do) provides for an enjoyable experience. The Catholic Church disguises its pagan beliefs under layers of complicated theology and church tradition. At the beginning, God gives Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth; the plants, animals, all living things. Take, for instance, the Precepts of the Church, which cover a number of things that many people regard as man-made rules: the Sunday Duty; yearly Confession; the Easter Duty; fasting and abstinence; and supporting the Church materially (through gifts of money and/or time). “If you love me, you would let me live my life my way!” Heard that before? Secondly, if a pregnant woman is murdered, the murderer is charged with a double homicide. Though we are sinners, we are still called to persevere in righteousness. Texas set it at 20 weeks. A: Love God. He is the Vicar of Christ in that he guides the Church in faith and morals. All the rites of the Catholic Church are of equal dignity and equally valid. But, just as Jesus once said of the Sabbath, rules are for man, not man for rules. Instead, they see rules as an infringement upon freedom (No rules = true freedom). 861, part 2. Throughout its long history, the Catholic Church has been rocked by scandals ranging from the dissolution of the Knights Templar to Galileo’s trial to Mother Theresa’s questionable donors.Over the course of the 20th century, many more scandals have come to light—no matter how much the Church would like to keep them secret. We must "sanctify… 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. It is illegal to kill a 2 year old. At times, admittedly, the altar looks like it’s been attacked by a rioting mob of florists. 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. VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God’s laws are meant to lead all people to Christ and his glory, and if they do not, then they are obsolete, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Attendance at a different rite fulfills the Sunday obligation. The Church has specific rules on what constitutes a proper Catholic burial that date back thousands of years. (It is interesting that His compassion was counter-cultural. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Then you admit that abortion is killing. Canon 844 (c.671 in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches). We didn’t start the fire. This might seem fun at first, but it will eventually get really old, really boring, and really frustrating! There’s nothing modern –or moderate –about that. My girlfriend had an abortion after I stopped seeing her. That is a metaphysical concept for which there is no supporting evidence. It is a shame that many in society do not. THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY Why Pope, Bishops and Priests? 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. Bill answers that question in a new set of videos in the CATHOLIC BASICS series. Many Catholic teenagers struggle today with this idea of going against the culture. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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. He provides for their safety and their needs. Roman Catholics believe that, under certain circumstances, the pope is infallible (that is, he can not make a mistake). Catholics are called, yes, to engage with the society around them, but not to adapt ourselves to the popular sentiments of our time. Fr. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament. The pope is the head of the Church on earth. Of all the bishops and archbishops in the world he is the leader. 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! If the mother is not incapacitated, she is the only one who should be able to make the decision. Imagine a baseball game where no foul balls or strikes were ever called. Pius XII was pope and the Catholic Church provided the moral compass for what seemed to be the whole world. Does the Catholic Church have "too many rules"? Guy. He wants to help us remain truly free. States have all kinds of laws regulating vices like gambling, drinking, marijuana use, etc. I met my future wife. 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 present day process for selecting a pope is through election. 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). http://abitadeacon.blogspot.com/2013/02/wow-washington-post-article-that-gets.html. 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. 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. We live in a society that promotes indulgence, and everyone feels entitled to their way. Those Catholics would be in ignorance of the many saints who stressed the. (They just can’t explain where.) Accept and believe all that the Catholic Church definitively and authoritatively teaches. Go (and) from now on do not sin any more”. 1. The Church has always recognized the necessity for rules (and always will). You can’t do any of that! When I was teaching at previous high school, I would often run into this issue about rules (especially when it came to moral theology). 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. The Pope must be making a decree on matters of faith or morals II. They are constantly inundated with so much ‘pleasure’, they fear ridicule if they question any of it, or hesitate to participate. The main rule of the Catholic Church forbids anythings that goes against happiness. Rules, rules, rules!” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion. 2. If a person is terminally and wants assistance in dying, it should not be denied. Kennedy was assassinated. 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. 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. (Exodus 14:21-31 NAB)  It is later on that God presents Moses with the 10 Commandments. 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. Rules ensure this. How is that possible? But they were there to protect me and not spoil all the fun, as I once thought. (John 8:1-11 NAB) This crime was punishable by death (stoning). 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.”. 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. So. We find countless examples where God gives us freedom before He institutes rules. Abortion and killing a pregnant woman both usually involve taking the life of a fetus. John Lennon boasted (or many people took it that way) that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. 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. Catholicism is a religion that places value on learning from people, not just from documents. Even becoming a nun doesn’t get you the boon of the sacrament of Holy Orders — only men can be ordained. and now lives and works down south. 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. MORNNG OFFERING 1-----MORNNG OFFERING 2-----BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS III. Its moral prescriptions are summed up in the Ten Commandments. 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.). (Matthew 5:48 NAB). Maybe we should kill people who are bedridden who can’t live on their own. There is a heartbeat a 3 weeks. I realize I am on a Catholic blog so I might not have much support. Q: What are the rules for being Catholic? 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. That is why He instituted rules. We need rules so our lives can correspond with God’s original plan for us. 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. 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." People have become immune to the dangers of questioning rules, and the media capitalizes on this ignorance. The rules that express it remain substantially valid. My mother died of breast cancer. Canon 919 of the Code of Canon Law states, "One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion." Making prostitution illegal is based on what the state considers to be in the public interest not sexual morality. 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 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. The Pope does not even have a cabinet. But why should there be any rules at all? In the end, it is just Jesus and the woman. Cremation has been permitted in the Catholic Church since 1963, but many Catholics don't know there are also many rules surrounding the choice. We are a fallen people. During the last World Youth Day Pope Francis told the youth of our world: “…be revolutionaries” and “swim against the tide”. Your email address will not be published. We put a man on the moon. 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. But I do support death with dignity. Your email address will not be published. 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. Isn’t it?) Tower of Babel, Noah and the Ark, Kings of Israel, etc…) Thus, the need for rules! As for DNA, I fail to see the concern. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Why is prostitution illegal in 49 states if a woman has a right to choose what is done with her body? 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. What the woman does with her body is not illegal. 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