social teachings of the catholic church

anonymous asked:

I'm interested in learning more about The Catholic Church and what Catholics believe. Do you know of any good resources I could go to for this?

*cracks knuckles* 

Catholicism for Dummies - It may sound totally stupid, but this was the first book I read when I began discerning converting to Catholicism. It really gave me the framework of the Church; more practical matters like the Papacy and why we do certain things at Mass, more so than theological matters. 

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - This is an extremely condensed version of the CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church), which can feel overwhelming from the moment you open it. This tells you exactly where the Church stands on social teachings like abortion and divorce, what the Sacraments are, a breakdown of the Mass, teachings on moral conscience and man’s relationship with God, etc. The Compendium breaks things down in a way that is easy to… digest, if you will. 

Word on Fire, or Ascencion Press (Father Mike Schmitz) - If you’re not much of a reader, or you don’t really have time for it, I would suggest looking up videos by Father Mike Schmitz and Word on Fire ministries. The videos are usually short, and contain easy language that non-Catholics and even derp-Catholics like myself can understand. 

Reach out to your local parish - Most Catholic parishes have what’s called an RCIA program, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This series of classes teaches you all about the faith. This is the place where they can best answer your questions about the Church, our beliefs, WHY we believe certain things. And if you decide that you want to become Catholic, they take you through the process of preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism (if you haven’t already been baptized), Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Disclaimer: If you decide along the process that you do NOT want to become Catholic, you’re not going to have a priest or some little old ladies banging down your door. 

Hope that helps to get you started! Of course, I have no doubt that some of my awesome, more Catholicy-Catholic friends are going to reblog this with their own helpful suggestions. *nudgenudgewinkwink* <3 Best of luck, my friend, on whichever path God calls you! 

Catholic Tumblr statement

A long time ago, I published a Tumblr mission statement for Catholics. I have completely reworked that old Mission Statement and have now published a new statement. If you, my fellow Catholics, find the statement to be in agreement with your confession of faith, I invite you to either like or reblog it.

This will give new Catholics joining Tumblr a sense of where certain bloggers stand, in matters of their faith. It is not meant to be a “liberal” or “traditional” statement, but simply Catholic, without qualifiers and conditions using political terms. 

I hope it gives expression for those of us who blog on Tumblr and want a clear expression of how we see things, even if our blog is not a specifically “Catholic blog.” Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, enfold all of you in their love and keep you on the road to Heaven–Father Angel Sotelo

1)      I believe it is essential to the Catholic name, and identity, to give religious assent to those doctrines, and liturgical forms of worship, which have been proposed by the Magisterium of the Pope, or the Magisterium of the college of bishops, in union with the pope.

2)      Even those teachings of the pope and bishops which have not been defined as dogma, but are part of their ordinary teaching office as Shepherds of the Church, should be shown public respect. If a Catholic cannot presently give assent to certain teachings, they should pray, study, and seek understanding from faithful guides.

3)      Since dissension is the cause of much division and anger among Catholic disciples, a Catholic should not publicly and on social networks, sow the seeds of dissent against Church teaching and approved liturgy, nor ridicule other Catholics for maintaining faith with the Teaching Church.

4)      I believe in reaching out to fellow Catholics who struggle with Church doctrines and moral teachings. Insofar as such Catholics maintain union with the Teaching Church, and accept the Magisterium of the Church as the final arbiter and authority in doctrine, I can have communication and accept that I am dealing with a fellow Catholic.

5)      The social teachings and pastoral applications of doctrine do not bind the Catholic conscience, as much as dogma, in the hierarchy of Gospel truths. These social teachings express prudential judgments, specific options, and methods of response, by the Shepherds, to those who are hurting, oppressed, and marginalized.

6)      Nonetheless, while good Catholics can disagree on how justice is to be obtained for the hurting, the oppressed, and the marginalized, it is also essential to the Catholic name and identity that we all be gravely concerned for battling injustices, and not merely seek to teach doctrine and liturgy.

7)    I will strive to focus discussion and emotions around ideas, either truthful or mistaken, instead of what attacks a person, a fellow blogger, especially with direct cussing and vulgarities.

8)    I believe that my mission, as a Catholic on Tumblr, is to build up fellow Catholics into the Communion of Saints, which is the Church, to form friendships, to help heal, to pray for, and help call other Catholics to accountability for their Christian witness on a social network. Supported by the Body of Christ, I hope to show truth, humor, and courage before all people that I meet on Tumblr.

9)    Finally, I will encourage frequent confession, the holy reception of Communion at Sunday Mass, Holy Hours of Adoration, recitation of the Rosary, devotion to the angels and saints, the purity of body and soul and perseverance in our Holy Faith until the coming in glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

All these hardcore trad Catholics like “I stand with the Holy Catholic Church!!1!1!11!!” And are hella Rightist…… but somehow they forget fucking Pope Francis (and everything he stands for) and, ya know, environmentalism and racism and the Social Teaching. But like, sure, be conservatives and imperialists and traditionalists, you know? You do you :))) fuck up the environment for future generations. trample on indigenous peoples. who tf cares as long as you regain that God-given ideological trad Cat purity right? Hell, it must grant you an indulgence or something.

I occasionally get harassed by Republicans on Facebook asking me essentially “DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS LIBERAL THING THE POPE IS SAYING”

But they never reply when I affirm my fidelity to Pope Francis and to the Catholic social teaching. It’s like they can’t believe that I actually believe what the church teaches.

not to vagueblog or anything but it’s great to see that even lgbt christians spew the “cafeteria catholic” stuff

like, churches have been wrong. Social teachings and “theological teachings” are not as distinct as you seem to think. Gay people aren’t just grandfathered into the wait-til-marriage thing, their desires are considered intrinsically disordered and you can’t just make a tiny exception without admitting that there are some messed up teachings if not now then in the past because like it or not, people including bishops and popes considered Jews “god-killers” and they took this as part of their theology even if they changed it at vatican II. Just because you and your priest have put it behind you doesn’t mean it wasn’t central to their belief system before.

“well, genders of ordained ministers doesn’t count—”
“same sex couples are ok but only if they wait until marriage—”
“I’m sure the church was never anti-semitic because they never said anything about it at the first vatican council!”

These things are not as perfectly separable as you think. The Church Militant is not the same thing as the Church Triumphant. The fucking southern baptists claim that they’re the same as the early Christians just like you do. And sure, you can claim that the church has never changed its doctrine, if you adjust the definition of “doctrine” every time there’s a change.

Change is ok. Change is not evil. Humans are brilliant and continually rediscover God.

The Trinity, by Sandro Botticelli

Tomorrow is the Sunday of the most Blessed Trinity.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, many decades ago, said he stopped being Catholic and became Muslim because the Trinity confused him. How can the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be one God, and three Persons, at the same time, he asked? 

I don’t have deep theological explanations. What I do know is that Catholic Faith leads us to community, to being social, to being concerned for the many. At the same time, from the many, there is one Church, one Faith, one Baptism, one Mass, one moral teaching. For the many, there is one Catholicism. 

So being a Catholic, I see the Trinity God as a teaching about God being a diversity of Persons, united in one unity of love. That’s what we Catholics do. Our mission is to gather the diversity of languages and races, and make them one union of love, of charity. I don’t have to figure out how that happens. I just have to strive, to do it. 

anonymous asked:

Quick question. When u say you're a socialist, do you mean defanged capitalist/ social-democrat or do u mean worker control of the means of production socialism?

“If I repeated some passages from the homilies of the Church Fathers, in the second or third century, about how we must treat the poor, some would accuse me of giving a Marxist homily.”–Pope Francis

“I would insist, let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change. This system is by now intolerable: farmworkers find it intolerable, laborers find it intolerable, communities find it intolerable, peoples find it intolerable … The earth itself – our sister, Mother Earth, as Saint Francis would say – also finds it intolerable.”–Pope Francis

“The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”–Pope Francis

“Working men are now left isolated and helpless, betrayed by the inhumanity of employers and the unbridled greed of competitors. A tiny group of extravagantly rich men have been able to lay upon a great multitude of unprotected workers a yoke little better than slavery itself.”–Pope Leo XIII

“To defraud any one of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven.”–Pope Leo XIII

“Is it just that the fruit of a man’s own sweat and labor should be possessed and enjoyed by any one else? As effects follow their cause, so is it just and right that the results of labor should belong to those who have bestowed their labor.”–Pope Leo XIII

“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.”–Pope Francis

“The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor.”–Pope Francis

“Many of you have been stripped by this savage world that does not give employment, that does not help, that does not care if there are children in the world who are dying of hunger, does not care if so many families have nothing eat… that does not care about many people who have to flee poverty and hunger, flee seeking freedom and many times they find death”–Pope Francis

“This is a burden on our conscience, because when society is organized in such a way that not everyone has the opportunity to work, to be anointed with the dignity of work, then there is something wrong with that society: it is not right! It goes against God himself”–Pope Francis

“[The Church] has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.”–CCC 2425

tl;dr: Seize the means of production, eat the rich.

theworld-onherhips-deactivated2  asked:

I'm just curious about your thought process... How can you claim to be a Catholic, and ignore some of the major teachings of the Catholic Church? I'm not trying to be rude but I'm really just curious as to how that works out.

You know why?

Because I am aware that the Catholic church has done some shit specifically for the sake of keeping people under their thumb and has had some ridiculous scandals, and I also simply am not the kind of complete piece of FUCKING SHIT that would take away the rights of everybody around me just because I personally do not like abortion or ever want one.

Also, I don’t think it’s actually murder and that’s just a bunch of bullshit to try and insist that pregnant people are less than the fetus they carry (because what if that fetus is a boy???), especially since the Bible itself makes it clear that a pregnant person > a fetus. BECAUSE THAT JUST MAKES FUCKING SENSE. If the fetus is gone but the pregnant person is still alive, they can have more babies! If the pregnant person dies and the fetus is born, then all you have is a child left without a mother (and possibly the guilt of knowing it was them that caused their mother’s death). Such good that does the world. -eye roll0

I don’t mean to get all irate, I’m certainly not mad at you, but God DAMN I hate this question.

I’m a Gothic, pro-choice, pro-LGBQT+, pro-birth control, pro-legal prostitution, anti-death penalty Catholic witch that believes in a sort of reincarnation and equality of all people (including a woman’s right to teach Scripture and be an equal partner with her husband).

Like, ask me if I give a fuck what the Church would say to me, because as Catholic as I am, this is still MY spiritual path and these are the truths I find from meditation/talking with God and exploration of science and social justice. This is also me doing my God damn job as a Christian and being for the rights of ALL people, whether they conflict with mine or not, because I, as a Christian, MUST understand that I cannot force the entire world to bend to my beliefs just as the world can’t force me to bend to theirs. It’s only right to support everyone’s civil rights and let everyone live their lives without shoving God (that they don’t believe in) in their face. Which is actually something Jesus is NOT ABOUT and not something He EVER WAS.

The Catholic Church is a little outdated in my opinion. The Bible could’ve ALWAYS been interpreted to support women/pregnant people, gay people, what-have-you, but instead many branches of Christianity chose to interpret it in a way that keeps these people down and deny them their humanity, nevermind their rights. 

I’m Catholic. Not blind.

Vatican ends crackdown on US nuns accused of radical feminism

  • Catholic church accepts final report ending takeover of US nuns’ organisation
  • Group accused of undermining church teaching with ‘radical feminist themes’

“The Vatican has announced the unexpected conclusion of its crackdown of the main umbrella group of US nuns, ending a controversial takeover of a liberal group and signalling a major shift in tone and treatment of US sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished”.

When the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith took over the LCWR in 2012, it accused the group of taking positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality while promoting “certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith”.

It envisioned a five-year doctrinal overhaul, fuelled by concerns among US conservatives that the group, which represents 80% of the 57,000 Roman Catholic nuns in the US, had strayed from church teaching by not focusing enough on issues like abortion.

The takeover, combined with a separate Vatican investigation into the quality of life of US nuns, had deeply wounded the US sisters who oversee the lion’s share of the Catholic church’s social programmes, running schools, hospitals, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. The crackdown resulted in an outpouring of popular support for their work and fuelled allegations that the church’s treatment of women was heavy-handed and misogynistic.

In December, the Vatican’s quality of life investigation ended with sweeping praise for the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor. Thursday’s conclusion of the doctrinal assessment signalled a similar positive conclusion.”

Read the full piece here

If the Vatican thinks THAT’S radical feminism they should check out Tumblr! They’ll be in for quite an education! 

where-echoes-come-to-rest  asked:

Father Angel, I was baptized Catholic but raised Lutheran, and my church wasn't the greatest so I ended up with a lot of holes in my faith that I filled in myself, and only about two years ago did I realize that my beliefs more matched Catholicism. Over the past year I've done a lot of research and prayed over it and I believe that the Catholic church is where I should be. What would to conversion process look like for me? (i.e. how would it differ from those who weren't baptized Catholic?)


I would recommend that you follow blogs on Tumblr where the bloggers struggle to understand the Catholic Faith, believe its teachings, and live it with joy. 

Whether you decide to remain Lutheran, or become Catholic, or join another Christian denomination, or just be an “independent,” you can count on joyful Catholics to help you and pray with you so that God’s will is done.

The journey towards Catholicism is marked with many stops along the way, to clarify, to grow, and to be patient with the Church. It is a very large denomination—Catholic priests and staffs are not always prompt to welcome newcomers, who get lost in the crowd.

Sometimes, converts have to call the local Catholic parish four or five times before someone calls them back and helps them get into an RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). If the RCIA class is finishing in the spring, the parish invites you to wait until September when the new class will begin.

Another difficulty is that Catholic scandals are always front page news. If the Pope, or a bishop, or a priest, has said or done anything that seems hurtful, or harmful, it gets lots of attention. Catholic teachings against abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, birth control, or teachings in favor of social justice upset others. 

Within Catholic circles, there are some Catholics who like to say up front that they don’t take their faith seriously. They talk about which beliefs of the Church they accept, and which teachings they toss out. Some don’t even go to Mass. Those who regularly go to Mass fight and argue about whether or not the Church is “conservative enough” or “liberal enough.” Some of the fights are downright silly.

Then there is the problem of a lack of intimate fellowships. A Baptist friend of mine who became Catholic compared her local Baptist church to a small country store. Everyone knew her personally, asked about her when she wasn’t there, and she knew everything being offered spiritually through her little church.

When she became Catholic, she compared the Church to a Costco or Sam’s Club, which is huge with sprawling merchandise that is overwhelming and large crowds who see you as a stranger. It was kind of a shock to her that most people at Mass didn’t know who she was, and that she was a convert, If she was gone, no one asked about her. Being part of a Catholic congregation seemed a little impersonal to her.

Nonetheless, she still wanted to be a Catholic because she loved the Church’s clear doctrine and changeless Tradition dating back to the Apostles. She loved the possibilities of finding a Mass that would nourish her because there are no many rites of ceremonies. She loved the invitation to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, to have her sins absolved and to receive Jesus Christ in the riches of holy Communion.

Even though she was already baptized, her parish had her go through the RCIA program along with other adults who had not even been baptized. It was frustrating at times because she already knew so much. Still, she understood that her local Catholic parish did not have enough volunteers to offer special classes for those who were already baptized in their previous Protestant denominations.

As well as calling the office of the local Catholic community, it would also be a very good idea to follow certain blogs to see if our Faith sits well with your own ideas and whether you can accept the Catholic interpretation of Jesus’ Word as the truth. You can write to these bloggers and ask questions, or ask for prayer as well. If you decide the Catholic Faith is not for you, you can still be assured that they will wish you the best and respect your conscience. 

There are many excellent bloggers. A few that come to my mind would be:

This list is taken from the top of my head and is just a light sprinkling of the many good Catholic blogs that I have been blessed to be familiar with.

Not just you, but anyone who checks into these blogs, will find links to other Catholic bloggers as well who are grounded in their faith and are good folks. 

Whatever you decide to do in your journey toward God, please know that you are in my prayers and best wishes. Nothing in life is more difficult than seeking out the truth about God and remaining joyfully committed in that truth. Our Lord will not withhold His amazing grace as you journey. 

Finally, please accept my apology for taking so long to answer this ask. It was one of those messages in my inbox which was sandwiched in between longer messages. I’m glad I was able to finally fish it out and answer it. Perhaps other bloggers who find it will send along to you their best wishes and prayers. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

7 Things about the Catholic Church

1 - The purpose of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus.

 Too many people have a false understanding of the purpose of the Catholic Church. After Jesus made the Church, He gave a clear mission statement to His apostles: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”

 -Matt 28:19-20. Everything else the Church does, feed the hungry, perpetuate the Sacraments, etc. is in service to this mission. Evangelization isn’t optional.

2- The Church itself isn’t what you think it is

Catholicism isn’t just a set of doctrines or a hierarchy of clergy. Catholicism isn’t just a moral code or social teachings. It is much more than we could ever know. The Church isn’t so easily definable, which is why we have so many different ways of describing it - the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, the people of God, etc. What we need to know is this - The Church’s identity is wrapped up into the person of Jesus and thus shares in the mystery of God. When we think we “know” the Church, we are fooling ourselves. This is why continued education about God’s Church is so important.

3 - The Trinity really does matter

Many Catholics wouldn’t care if the Pope declared that we don’t need the Trinity anymore, because it makes no difference in many Catholics’ daily lives. But, it really does matter. Why? Because if God is a communion of persons, a family, and we are made in God’s image and likeness, then our families and relationships are called to reflect the same kind of relationship found in the Trinity - the gift of self to another - true love. This is where the paradox of the Gospel finds a foundation. To gain life, we must lose ourselves. To live is to die. To die is to live. All because of the Trinity…and that is just the starting point. Since God is infinite, the Trinity matters an infinte amount.

4 - The Incarnation changes everything

An all-powerful, eternal, all-knowing, divine being decided to create the universe and then he becomes one of the creatures he created. This is mind-numbing. Furthermore, in humbling himself to take on our flesh, he raises up our nature to a greater dignity - one that now shares in his own nature. We share in God’s nature. This is flabbergasting. The world is never the same and all of creation and time revolves around this one moment - when God becomes one of us. Our response should be to see God in all of his creation, but most importantly in all of humanity, including ourselves.

5 - The Church is beautiful

Because of the first three truths above, we can now see the beauty of the Church. Is the Church full of sinners? Certainly. But, we sinners are not the source of the Church’s beauty, God is. We are called to reflect this beauty as best we can, but true beauty is found in the being of God, who is beauty itself. The Church reflects Christ beauty to the world. Through the Saints’ lives, the Cathedrals and artwork, through the music and songs, and through the teachings of the Church. It is in these ways we see God’s beauty rise up for a world that focuses all too often on what is ugly.

6 - Catholicism contains the most balanced teaching you will find.

 Catholicism holds a lot of seeming tensions in balance. They include; 1 God and 3 persons, Scripture and Tradition, Faith and Works, Jesus is human and divine, the Church is both holy and imperfect, we can know God through both faith and reason, we are a people of both prayer and action, and the Bible is written by man and inspired by God. We are a people of both/and, not either/or. While it may seem there are contradictions, there are not. But, there is mystery behind the balance.

7 - The world needs the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has the answer for all the world’s problems in the fullness of truth and the fullness of grace she offers to the world. The Church gives us a moral anchor, an answer to broken families, addiction, sin, war, violence, abuse, and all the other issues in our culture. More than ever the world needs the Catholic Church, if our society is to last. This answer is the personal relationship with Jesus that the Catholic Church offers to us all through the Sacramental grace, teachings of the Church, and in our own personal prayer we all need.