But I do support death with dignity. Still, Catholicism isn't averse to changing with the times. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Being counter-cultural “includes letting go of pleasures as the path to happiness.” Rules also build self-control. At the beginning, God gives Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth; the plants, animals, all living things. 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. Copyright © A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. 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. How many times have you heard this statement before? First among equals. It is a necessary foundation for the erection of moral rules and civil law. MORNNG OFFERING 1-----MORNNG OFFERING 2-----BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS III. During the last World Youth Day Pope Francis told the youth of our world: “…be revolutionaries” and “swim against the tide”. When I was teaching at previous high school, I would often run into this issue about rules (especially when it came to moral theology). No. I met my future wife. Canon 844 (c.671 in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches). The Church has specific rules on what constitutes a proper Catholic burial that date back thousands of years. Maybe we should kill people who are bedridden who can’t live on their own. The Catholic Church defines three conditions under which the Pope is infallible: I. It is illegal to kill a 2 year old. He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things Catholic. We must "sanctify… Pope Paul VI, in his monumental encyclical Humane Vitae (July 1968), made some startling predictions about what would happen if contraception became widely accepted. That is why He instituted rules. He knows that if freedom is not properly understood and applied in the correct manner, it will leads to corruption, chaos and destruction. He is the Vicar of Christ in that he guides the Church in faith and morals. Bill, it is another life in her body. How is that possible? Rules ensure this. Pingback: This Week's Best in Catholic Apologetics | DavidLGray.INFO, Pingback: Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets - BigPulpit.com. We find countless examples where God gives us freedom before He institutes rules. NEW VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY Cremation has been permitted in the Catholic Church since 1963, but many Catholics don't know there are also many rules surrounding the choice. The present day process for selecting a pope is through election. -----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. Everything in our world needs to be regulated, especially our behavior (and for good reason). 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. Go (and) from now on do not sin any more”. Or a football game where there was no out of bounds. 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. I don’t believe in the soul. God knew we would misuse our freedom. The reason women can’t be priests goes to the establishment of … Her response is, “No one, sir”, to which Jesus exclaims, “Neither do I condemn you. Go to confession annually if not more often or when needed. Required fields are marked *. This includes loving our neighbor as ourselves. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, 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. 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! Your email address will not be published. Abortion and killing a pregnant woman both usually involve taking the life of a fetus. Is the mother the only one who can kill her fetus? (i.e. We need to have a point where a person cannot be killed such as when the fetus is capable of living on its own. We didn’t start the fire. Those are two entirely different worlds to me. Fr. 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