church teachings

Catholic starter pack! Ready to embark on your journey of faith?
1. Prayer- prayer is essential to the Christian life. Prayer is communication with God and saints of intercession. Prayer can be your way of voicing your praises to God, asking for help, asking for any need you have materially, emotionally, and intellectually. God wants to hear from you!
2. The Rosary is a special prayer that uses beads as a counting tool. It is also a prayer of Marian devotion (devotion to The Virigin Mary). This prayer is very powerful to ward off the demonic, and give you great graces of faith and happiness.
3. If you haven’t read the Catechism of the Catholic Church you are missing out! It is a great overview of all the beliefs of Catholic Christianity. It is concise and powerful. It is great for beginners and new converts.
4. Sacred Scripture- known as the Bible is the basis of our faith and great for growing in wisdom and holiness. The Bible is the story of God’s salvation from beginning to end. It’s historical and beautiful. In each page you will see the shadows of Christ and see how God works in mighty and clever ways to save his people from sin and suffering! It’s God’s greatness and love in writing and proof that we have a dynamic, wise, caring, and Holy God!

I agree with Franklin. Let’s support our brother and sister in Christ.

#Repost @franklin_graham
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They’re trying for a media lynching, but let’s say no way—not this time! @ChipperGaines & @JoannaGaines, the stars of Fixer Upper HGTV are under fire from LGBT activists for attending an evangelical Christian church that believes—get this—that marriage is between one man and one woman. I’m sorry, but this shouldn’t even be news. The pastor at their church preaches that homosexuality is a sin. In other words, the church is teaching the Word of God! I have some real news for those trying to target Christians like the Gaines. God’s Word is the truth and the standard we will be held accountable to, whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not, and whether it’s politically correct or not. Following God’s teachings doesn’t make Christians “anti-gay.” In fact, we are to love people enough to tell them the truth and warn them about the dangers and consequences of sin. Share your encouragement with Chip & Joanna Gaines in the comments. http://ift.tt/2fQIAqj

Just saying...

LDS church: *puts women in leadership positions without ordination*

LDS church: *allows women of all marital statuses, cultural backgrounds, and ages who are reasonably available to officiate in Priesthood ordinances in the temple*

LDS church: *has women write biographies and interviews with leaders and represent the Church on an international level*

LDS church: *publishes women-authored writings on doctrine, scripture study, women’s history [particularly where the scriptures are concerned], conversion stories, music, science, and educating children*

LDS church: *teaches that women are often more inherently spiritual than men*

LDS church: *teaches the importance of empowering, positive, and healthy relationships that help women’s self-image*

LDS church: *has a ton of events across the world specifically for the edification and enlightenment of women*

LDS church: *has Relief Society, which is the OLDEST women’s organization IN THE WORLD*

Anti-Mormons: MORMONS ARE DUMB THEY DON’T THINK WOMEN ARE GOOD FOR MORE THAN MAKING BABIES AND BEING WIVES AND SATISFYING MEN AND -

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Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine - LifeTeen.com for Catholic Youth
So, yes, it's hard to be gay and Catholic -- it's hard to be anything and Catholic -- because I don't always get to do what I want. Show me a religion where you always get to do what you want and I'll show you a pretty shabby, lazy religion. Something not worth living or dying for, or even getting up in the morning for. That might be the kind of world John Lennon wanted . . .

Where are all these bigoted Catholics I keep hearing about? When I told my family a year ago, not one of them responded with anything but love and understanding. Nobody acted like I had a disease. Nobody started treating me differently or looking at me funny. The same is true of every one of the Catholic friends that I’ve told. They love me for who I am.

Actually, the only time I get shock or disgust or disbelief, the only time I’ve noticed people treating me differently after I tell them, is when I tell someone who supports the gay lifestyle. Celibacy?! You must be some kind of freak.

Hooray for tolerance of different viewpoints. I’m grateful to gay activists for some things — making people more aware of the prevalence of homosexuality, making homophobia less socially acceptable — but they also make it more difficult for me to be understood, to be accepted for who I am and what I believe. If I want open-mindedness, acceptance, and understanding, I look to Catholics.

Editor’s Note: This blog by Steve Gershom, a Catholic, gay, young man, was originally published on the blog, Little Catholic Bubble.

“there are churches that teach that asexuality is just as sinful as being attracted to the same gender and that an asexual wanting to get married is sinful even if they want to marry a member of the opposite sex”

👀 where

edit: being shamed for not procreating is not the same as literally getting murdered, and regardless, it is usually due to misogyny

On Teaching Well: Sunday Morning Thoughts

1 - What if churches decided to redesign their Sunday mornings around solid adult learning theory? What if, instead of sermons, you went to have conversations and discuss ideas that mattered to you in your life? What if the sermon time was really more of a guided/facilitated discussion? Or, and here’s something that would really disrupt religion… What if Sundays utilized a flipped classroom model? If you have specific things worth teaching, why not provide that for folks to watch during the week and then on Sundays, you could spend more time really digging in, asking questions, and having interesting conversations. 

2 - One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in the modern American church is this superficial, consumeristic mindset that is all too common. “Entertain me,” say the congregants. That is, it’s a routine that is completely devoid from actual human interaction/connection. You walk in, get handed a piece of paper, go through the usual stand/sit/sing/listen/cracker/juice/go-in-peace and at any point in time, it seems as though connecting with others is one of the main functions of the service while simultaneously being a nuisance to the schedule and flow of the service. (Which, let’s be honest, ‘service’ is maybe the worst possible name for a Sunday morning gathering unless you’re actually providing aid to others.) What if church leveraged a social learning theory that said our growth and development is more contingent upon our interactions with those around us in partnership with the leadership rather than a one-to-many approach that results in the content of a Sunday morning being completely independent of who is in the room. Any classroom teacher can help explain here how, despite the same lesson plan across multiple class periods, no two classes are the same in terms of interaction. And yet, many of the same learning goals are accomplished.

I have no idea if this kind of church would catch on, but I look at the data around church attendance in the US and I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t a content problem, but rather a pedagogy problem.

Pls everyone write the pope and ask him why God made mosquitoes. This unanswerable question has caused many to waver in the faith and we need an explanation in the catechism or maybe even for the subject to be answered Ex Cathedra.

Things the Catholic Church has been teaching for decades or more
  • Evolution occurred
  • The Big Bang occurred
  • The Bible is not inerrant
  • Society should concern itself with the well-being of the poor
  • The death penalty is wrong
  • Non-Christians can be saved without converting to Christianity
  • Being gay (as opposed to having same-sex sexual relations) is not a sin
RvB - Church does not own a cat

tuckington “i accidentally broke into your house/apartment because my friend lives next door to you and i was in the area, drunk, and i thought i was climbing into the right window and falling asleep on the right couch (and i did wonder when my friend got two cats but i didn’t question it) so now i’m hungover and shirtless in your living room so um hi howya doin” au for tickatocka (with a dash of frenchspeaking!tucker in there)

Papa?”

Tucker’s been woken up by a lot of things in his life.

His father shaking his shoulder and telling him he’s late for class, by his mother kissing his forehead in the morning before she went to train with her company, Grif’s sister slipping out of her bed and stubbing her toe (a moment which made him redefine his understanding of the term ‘cursing like a sailor’), and all the times his alarm woke him up and he’d drag himself out of bed because Junior needed to be on that bus ASAP.

So when he feels a tiny hand tugging at the sheets near his arm, he slowly rolls over in bed and stares at his son. The hazel amber eyes are all his mother, but the rest of him, that’s all Tucker. his dark hair is silhouetted in the orange lamplight peering through Tucker’s blinds, wavering up and down in a breeze that creeps in through the half open window. This summer’s been way too hot.

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You can find more on this ridiculous, ignorant, piece of crap legislation here: http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/17/3623683/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhleming-ban-advanced-placement-history-class/

Seriously, read the article.  I’m so damn angry right now at politicians. I hope these students have all the success in the world at getting this repealed. 

“I want the Church and my community to know who I am – a homosexual priest, happy and proud of his own identity.

priest Krzysztof Charamsa 

 A Polish priest working at the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has admitted his homosexuality and issued a manifesto demanding changes to Church teaching.

10-point manifesto of demands.

1. Disposal of homophobia and anti-gay discrimination

2. Condemnation of punishment for homosexuality

3. Cessation of the Church’s interference in guaranteeing human rights by democratic states

4. Canceling incompetent and prejudicial documents

5. Immediate cancellation of discriminatory instructions about denying the priesthood to homosexual persons

6. Initiate a serious interdisciplinary scientific reflection over the morality of human sexuality

7. Revision of the interpretation of biblical texts on homosexuality

8. Adoption of ecumenical dialogue with our Lutheran and Anglican brothers about homosexuality

9. The need to ask for forgiveness toward homosexuals 

10. Respect for and belief in homosexuals and change in the distorted position of the Church on what a homosexual Christian life should look like 


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Presented at a Unitarian Church this morning, they were amazing. All of their washrooms are “welcoming washrooms” acknowledging diversity in gender identity and expression. We were brought in as part of the OWL program that teaches church youth about LGBTQ topics, sex and sexual health, healthy relationships and wow. I am just wow. What an open, loving, healthy environment. The youth there were so smart and wonderful :)

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American Catholic Professor to Bishops: Shut Up, Servants (LINK)

Before you read all this, read the link. Read it.

/rant

Gary Gutting is a Catholic professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Suffice it to say, Notre Dame (Our Lady) is rolling in her… sleep in glorious Heaven. It is difficult to describe how I feel right now, reading this. It is like that empty pit in your stomach when someone else totally does not understand or care about something at all and you just have to stand there in absolute shock. I seriously feel like I got punched in the gut. To quote good ol’ Rick Santorum, this made me want to “throw up”.

If you needed proof of the death of American Catholicism, this is it. From Gutting’s interpretation of Catholicism, the bishops serve as nothing but administrative servants for the rest of us, the real authoritative “Church”. Their authority is hardly divine, it is a secular and human creation of their own making, and their teaching authority is only validated by the approval of the masses. Obama does not need to care about the actual teachings of the Church, the “actual” teachings of the Church are those that majority of people wish to believe.

Are we all authorities? Is there no definitive teaching body of the Church? Let’s ask St. Paul:

    Now the body is not a single part, but many.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?    But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be?

    But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.”  If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

    Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.  Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:14.17-21.26-31

So no Mr. Gutting, contrary to your personal belief, we are not all heads making up one monstrous body. We are all apostles in some way. But not in the way the bishops are. We are all teachers in some way. But not in the way the Magisterium is. The way Gutting dismisses the bishops and even the FREAKING POPE is nothing short of appalling. I’ve never seen anything like it and as much as some Catholics might not listen to the authority of the Church, I always chalked it up to ignorance rather than willful disregard. The stench of relativism is palpable in his writing. I am in utter and total shock. He writes:

There was, perhaps, a time when the vast majority of Catholics accepted the bishops as having an absolute right to define theological and ethical doctrines.  Those days, if they ever existed, are long gone.  Most Catholics — meaning, to be more precise, people who were raised Catholic or converted as adults and continue to take church teachings and practices seriously — now reserve the right to reject doctrines insisted on by their bishops and to interpret in their own way the doctrines that they do accept.

No, Mr. Gutting. It is not new that believers can reject the teachings of the Church. It is not even new that the majority of Catholics reject the teachings of their leaders; it has happened more often in our history than you might think. Nor is it a real change to suggest that we, as Catholics, can choose our own path apart from the teachings of the Magisterium. There have always been people who believed that, and there have similarly always been people who have remained faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We even have words for them, ancient words:

Orthodox

1580s, from Late Latin orthodoxus, from Greek orthodoxos “having the right opinion,” from orthos “right, true, straight”+ doxa “opinion, praise”

Heresy

from Gk. hairesis “a taking or choosing, a choice,” from haireisthai “take, seize,” middle voice of hairein “to choose”

We’ve always had people who clung to the Church, and those that chose their own path. Those who walked the “right way” were the orthodox faithful. Those who took upon their own authority to “choose” their own moral and divine teaching were called heretics.

He writes:

In our democratic society the ultimate arbiter of religious authority is the conscience of the individual believer.

Even that in itself is enough to require us all to oppose the HHS mandate. If the arbiter of religious authority is the individual believer (which he argues in order to prove that the bishops are not), the HHS mandate requires Catholic run businesses and employers to violate that very same conscience. So what are you doing on the other side of the fence, Mr. Gutting? Are you trying to obfuscate the debate? In the end it doesn’t even matter who has the authority; what matters is that religious liberty is being violated. Faithful Catholics will be forced to violate their consciences, which you yourself have stated is “the ultimate arbiter of religious authority”. I get it though, basically what you are saying is that each person is the ultimate authority, each person should change their views to yours, and if they do not, they should be compelled by law to do so.

May God have mercy on you, Mr. Gutting, and all those you are leading astray. This is a dark day. I’ve read so many anti-Catholic pieces, I’ve come face to face with so many heretical and relativistic writings, and yet I’ve never felt like I looked into the rotten core of the failure of the modern ‘Catholic’ until this day. If you want to know why the Church is losing relevance, look no further than yourself, a self-proclaimed Catholic who believes it has no relevance. The religious authority is yourself, you say; not God, not the pope, not a bishop- yourself.

I just realized the way Gary Gutting’s Op-ed piece made me feel. I couldn’t describe very well the feeling of betrayal, of total misrepresentation and total lack of understanding. I have a feeling of “Why don’t you get it?”, a feeling of “You are a believer, you are one of us, how can you say this and think like this?”

But I’ve got it now. It sounds like what Jesus might have been thinking and feeling when one of his own betrayed him with a kiss.

/end rant

-Peter


Peter gets a chance to rant, and I want one too :D  Anyway, if Mr. Gutting responded to me, this is what I would say:

In regards to Mr. Gutting’s response, I would tell him, the people of the Church DO NOT give authority.  The Church is NOT founded on majority rule or a sort of social contract, as it seems that his article implies.  His point is that the people give the authority to the bishops.  That is not what the Church has ever founded its principles of authority and Magisterium on.  If he had done his theology correctly and philosophical discourses, it would be clear and reasonable to conclude that according to his perspective, that YES, the bishops would have no authority.  However, as Catholics, we do not base the authority of the papacy and apostolic succession on the people, but because Jesus, the one he claims to follow, instated specific apostles to share in His ministry.  If he reads his Scriptures, he would see that God, throughout all of human history recorded in the written tradition and in the oral and religious tradition of Jews and Christians, chooses people to lead His people, whether it is one or multiple. What God does NOT do is leave us alone.  He is the Good Shepherd, a good shepherd does not leave his flocks to fend for themselves, to try to fend off the world according to their understanding.  I appeal to the tradition of the Church he so believes in, I also appeal to the human condition that left to our own devices, we will ruin all things.  The sinless Adam and Eve, before the taint of original sin, chose to turn against God.  We are tainted already, and we are struggling to follow natural human rights in a world that believes that fetuses, infants, and people that are undesirable should be quarantined from our lives, put in elderly care, orphanages, or done away with if they are too burdensome.  As Catholics, these are the very people we are called to love, because their cries are what God hears.

Mr. Gutting, you speak of determining who is right, and I agree, we should consider: Who is right?  You place your faith on a generation which promotes the sexual revolution, a world of promiscuity, lack of control, and self-oriented merchandise and entertainment.  You place your faith in a world where Man becomes the center, the authority of morality and belief, creating their own Tower of Babel, where we might touch the heavens and become gods.  You place it on a culture whose greatest concerns are living day by day, sustaining themselves for their pleasures and passions.  I ask you simply, you hold a different view from the bishops, the apostolic successors of the first disciples of Jesus, passing on a tradition of faith, hope, and love, fighting for the life of the individual.  But, what say you, when the political entity has determined to enforce a principle of belief that defies the essential teachings of the faith?

You speak of 98% of American Catholics and 78% of Catholics opposing the Church’s stance on contraception.  Is that what we should abide by?  You speak of majority rule, where morality is defined only when the majority decide it so.  Is your opinion of morality so low, that the whim of the custom defines the essential being of humanity?  Is the freedom to choose anything without consequence except of our legal making the binding factor that makes a human Human?  I ask this only to remind you that Hilter, Stalin, and Mao presented the same perspective.  They made the majority, they taught what the people would believe, and the people obeyed.  There was a majority that abided, sure some dissented, but the vast majority consented.  Are we supposed to consent in the same way, because our government decides it is alright?

I see you from your article, I do not know you.  I only ask, are you willing to lay down your life for your belief, where you place the individual above the tradition and teachings handed down from Jesus to us today, where we allow everyone to be their own interpreter of the moral code?  Because if you are, please consider the ramifications of your statement.  Let everyone decide their moral principles and beliefs, without a telos to aim toward.  Let man determine his own self worth.  I propose, we will fail as soon as we begin, because our worth is indeterminable, and it is only indeterminable because God loves all men, and intends for all men to live in Him, the only source of life.

-John