what is catholicism

Okay so the Warden is just some poor schmuck who had a terrible day while a grey warden happened to be kicking it nearby, and Hawke starts out as just some kid fleeing a demon war, so it’s probably not alarming to anyone when they ask very basic questions about the world, but now I am playing DAI, and I got to imagine it is unsettling when the savior of the inquisition is like “hey what’s a tevinter? Are they nice? Should we kill them?” It’s like if someone got appointed to reform the Catholic Church and they were like “cool cool cool what is catholicism?”

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That’s absolutely fascinating! Thank you for answering. I had no idea there were such youth camps

I actually went to several Christian Youth Camps growing up. One was a small camp- I don’t remember the name of the camp, but I was excited to go because there were archery lessons. The archery instructors were siblings named Jason and Medea. She went by Deedee, but I really wanted to meet their parents. That particular camp wasn’t too Jesusy- we had prayer circle in the morning, but it was really just a normal summer camp. 

I went to Young Life camp one summer as a concession to my mom- she was really upset that I didn’t want to go to YL camp with the rest of her friends’ kids, so I sucked it up and went. It was a tradeoff- if I did WL camp for a week, she agreed to letting me do the three-week law camp session instead of the two-week session like normal. (I went to law camp every summer as a kid and I LOVED it. I also went to a few science camps when I was a pre-teen at the boarding school I eventually went to!) 

But then the third camp was actually what led me to say “you know what, fuck Catholicism.” It was a work camp- in a nutshell, voluntourism. We were bused into an impoverished neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi. By day, we worked- some people did day care, some people painted houses, some of us were on a demolition crew- and by night, we listened to sermons that were basically “thank God for how lucky you are that you’re not them.” The campers were overwhelmingly white; the neighborhood was almost entirely black. The weird racial undertones were really pervasive- looking back on it, I think it was my first exposure to seeing just how bad white people are at understanding the practical effects of racism in public policy. Painting somebody’s porch isn’t going to put food on the table or make the neighborhood safer or help destroy the systematic barriers created by both civic racism and long-term poverty. Voluntourism does. not. help. And getting told nightly by a priest that God’s looking out for you makes you question why He’s not looking out for them. We were also encouraged to talk to the priests about difficult spiritual questions. I had one. Hannah, my senior at the academy (basically an older student who looks out for you and helps mentor you) is a pagan. She believes in many gods and worships them in a way that makes the most spiritual sense to her. She’s also one of the most loving individuals I’ve ever met, and was the first person to ever talk to me about mental illness and depression and how it was ok to be different. She loved me very much for who I was- I never had to pretend to be anybody else around her. When I spoke about her and how she was the best person I knew, but she wasn’t a Catholic, the priest told me that the Church demanded I find new friends, that I couldn’t be a good Catholic and still befriend this person. I’d been questioning my faith for years (I’d always had a hard time believing in God the way the Church wanted), and I was having a really hard time with the embedded misogyny within the culture of both my hometown and the Catholic church at large. Even if the catechism said one thing, the culture said and did another.

By that point, it was an extremely easy decision.

…I realize now that this is probably way more autobiography than you ever wanted, but Hannah just got handfasted and I’ve been thinking a lot about her and my brother’s in Ireland and my mom won’t stop asking him if he’s going to church and I’ve been thinking a lot about him, so you get a half-baked ramble about my relationship with the church. It’s the gasha prize nobody wanted, but it’s the gasha prize you got.

to explain that caption- anyone who’s followed me long enough or known me irl will know that my mom’s house is v haunted and my eldest younger brother got possessed around ten years ago. after that brother was exorcised and we had someone cleanse the house, there have been some flare-ups in paranormal activity in the house, but it’s gotten especially bad lately. everyone in the house (including myself) have either seen, heard, or felt apparitions nearby in the past few weeks, and my youngest brother has been going through what my other brother who got possessed was, (not being in control of his limbs or what he’s doing, as if someone is controlling him, seeing a large shadow-like apparition, and losing his ability to breath or speak when these apparitions are present) and although he hasn’t gotten as bad as our other brother did when he was at his worst, my mother decided to preemptively call in a family friend who’s a catholic priest to cleanse the house and cast out whatever’s latched onto my brother.

anonymous asked:

There is no mythical heaven. There is also no hell. When we die there is just a bleak nothingness. There is no life after death, humans just created that idea to help them be less scared or death. The sooner you accept reality the better off you will be.

I love how you think you are the supreme authority of what happens after death 🤣 what arrogance!

-William Poindexter cries him self to sleep some nights because Catholic Guilt™
-freshman year he probably punched Nursey in the face for saying something like “I wish people would actually do something that will actually instead of praying.” (They talk about it later because they are both working through shit)
-Dex still prays asking to wake up a cis stright girl
-Dex doesn’t wear his binder to mass
-Shitty harps on the Catholic Church all the time and Dex can’t even explain things to him because his team doesn’t know he’s Catholic because
-Shitty and Nursey are leading forces in the “Us vs. Them” narrative and he knows when they find out they’ll ask ‘how can you be Catholic your faith hates you’
-Jack finds out, they go to Mass together once, but between Dex almost crying the whole time and Jack trying to do everything in Latin/French they decide not to go together again
-Dex who doesn’t decide of he’s going to Mass until he finds himself walking out the door right before Mass
-Jack found out because he noticed Dex not eating meat on Fridays during lent and usually Dex doesn’t eat fish.
-also once late at night they were sharing a hotel room and he heard Dex mumbling Pater Noster and he joined in.
-that made Dex cry
-Dex who spends all Sunday too keyed up to do anything because he doesn’t know if he’ll go to Mass or not
Just, gay, trans, Catholic Dex.

lalascreation  asked:

Jesus is the only way to heaven so why do have to ask about forgiveness to our sins? Meaning if we believe in him and he wipes away those sins what's the point in asking if they're already forgiven? If that makes sense

Well, off the bat, Catholics don’t believe that faith alone, or the grace bestowed on us by Christ’s death and resurrection, wipes away all sin. What it does is rid us of Original Sin—that state of being fallen from grace, humanity’s innate disposal to sin. We are born divorced from God; the grace offered by Christ brings us back to a point at which we can understand and respond to divinity, it resets the game to zero in a fundamental and profound way. (Catholics call this sanctifying grace.) It opens the door to the possibility of reconciliation with God.

It’s not a get out of jail free card.

If you or I lie to someone, steal or murder, we are not preemptively forgiven just because we believe in Jesus. We made a freely-willed choice to do those things, despite knowing they were wrong, and unless we see the error of our ways and repent fully and completely, they will not be forgiven. And we cannot be fully reconciled with God as long as we exist in a state of sin. (Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.)

The point in asking is the asking itself—of course any debt will be forgiven, a hundred times over, but you have to become a person who asks. If we claim to have faith, but don’t take time to recognize when we’ve fallen short of who we are called to be as part of it, then what’s the point?

the-fascist-ideal-deactivated20  asked:

What is your opinion of the Society of St. Pius X and Catholic Traditionalism as a whole?


I have a love-hate relationship with Catholic Traditionalism. What are some of the things I love? First, traditional Catholicism (TC for short) encourages, holds up, and defends the marriage of a man and a woman and their call to be fruitful and multiply.

The traditional Catholic married couples I know love each other, and they love children. They unapologetically have large families. I grew up in a family of six kids, and many TC families are larger. TC parents tend to see their kids as the greatest blessing God could have sent, as if each child is an angel that came down from heaven. They work hard to look after their families in many respects.

The TC movement also has strongly encouraged love for the priesthood and religious life. Because they have larger families, they not only do not discourage a religious vocation among their children, but pray for this. They consider themselves singularly blessed when a son goes off to the seminary, or a daughter to the convent.

They encourage their kids to serve the Church with piety, obedience, reverence, and loyalty. The result is that many holy priests and nuns have come from traditional Catholic families, where they were schooled well in prayer, confession, penance, works of charity, and carrying the Cross/sacrificing for God and country.

Traditional Catholicism is unique in its fierce defense of the prerogatives of the Catholic Church to spread the reign of Christ the King, in society and in their communities. Unlike most modern Catholics, they do not yell “separation of Church and State” whenever a public law is being debated which will encourage looser morals or the living out of the public vices.

They believe that the Church must actively enter the public square and make Christ the King respected and looked up to in His evangelical teachings of justice for all. They will staunchly condemn and resist any political party platforms which promote abortion choice, unnatural marriage, divorce, blasphemy in media and art, and unjust war.

Economically, they encourage our laws to promote hard work and personal initiative, with as little dependence on others as needed. Their outlook toward public tranquility is the defense of the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable, and the strong rule of law to subdue criminality and heinous crime.

Some people call traditional Catholics “Catholic rednecks.” I just believe they are following what they believe to be old-fashioned Catholic values regarding public decency and virtue.

Now, what I hate about traditional Catholicism is a tendency toward self-righteousness and Pharisaical wrangling over the letter of the law. In the case of the Society of St. Pius X, I find that there seems to be a return to Jansenism, condemned in the 17th century as a severe outlook and pessimism regarding human nature and God’s grace.

This Jansenism sees God as severe. His grace is very restrictive—only for the chosen few. His wrath and justice toward those who have failed to join the true Catholic Church, and strictly live by her laws, will be manifest by sending most people to hell.

As a result of the shades of this renewed Jansenism, non-Christians are seen in the SSPX as being in danger of going to hell, no matter how good they are or sincere in their faith. The Jewish people are seen as either Christ-killers or the accursed children of a Covenant that God has completely rejected and repented of. Protestants are loathed also, because among many SSPX, they are seen as aware of Catholic truth and have yet still refused to embrace it—thus, sealing their fate to most likely burn in hell.

The SSPX has no respect for the Catholic sense of confronting modernity. Throughout history, the Catholic Church could be called the inventor of the Marine Corps motto of “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” But TC as espoused by the SSPX seems more comfortable to sound the retreat, to gather in small chapels with prayers in hushed Latin, and to have little mixing with the great numbers of the damned and unwashed who are outside of the confines of the Church.

When Vatican II Council convened in 1962, it was with a view to adaptation of the Church’s methods of conversion, or with a view to incorporating new knowledge of the sciences and of the philosophies of contemporary thinkers. While the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages, and Renaissance, both in philosophy and theology, was allowed to undergo various transformations and growths based on advancing knowledge, the SSPX felt that Vatican II should have merely repeated the past formulas of the Councils of Trent and Vatican I.

The improvisations of the Church after Vatican II are thus seen as a laughable and disgusting experiment in compromise by the SSPX. They consider the worship in vernacular, the movement to reach out to and have dialogue with non-Catholics, and the encouragement of shared power among the clergy and laity as an overthrow of Catholic Order. 

There are numerous doctrinal disputes between Rome and the Society. But even more fundamental than resolving those disputes is overcoming a certain fear, and trembling, and loathing, in the Society, of all things that originate in the world and in modern thinking. Rome knows that countless errors were committed in the last 50 years, in the latest attempt to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

But there is, in the post-Vatican II era of the Church, among faithful and stalwart Catholics, especially with Pope Francis, an indomitable and unconquered spirit of “let’s go back to the drawing board, and try, and try again.” We cannot run away from the world and pretend that the world will return to the 16th century, when we waged wars against Protestantism with the help of Christian kings and princes who ruled with divine right and coerced dissidents and strays back into the fold of the True Catholic Church.

Our modern world has freedoms and a sense of personal rights that is, what it is. Insofar as the SSPX fail to, and refuse to, understand and deal with the modern world as it is, it will always be a Catholicism of the remnant who may be holy and faithful in their tiny chapels, but who make little difference for the great majority of people who are still searching to find God and the pearls of the wisdom of Catholicism. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

But among many things that amused me almost to the point of treating the form thus disrespectfully, the most amusing was the thought of the ruthless outlaw who should feel compelled to treat it respectfully. I like to think of the foreign desperado, seeking to slip into America with official papers under official protection, and sitting down to write with a beautiful gravity, ‘I am an anarchist. I hate you all and wish to destroy you.’ Or, 'I intend to subvert by force the government of the United States as soon as possible, sticking the long sheath-knife in my left trouser-pocket into Mr. Harding at the earliest opportunity.’
—  G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw In America

Title: In Lieu of Holy Water (Rated T)

Pairing: Solangelo


“Will, what do you think of religion?” he asks. Nico’s not actively religious, but still considers what little semblance of Catholicism he holds onto as important. He doesn’t really care what Will is or what he does or doesn’t believe in, he just really wants to know.

Will seems surprised but not off put by his inquiry. “Hmm,” he considers, wrapping and unwrapping his blistered hands with a loose strip of gauze. “I guess I’ve always been into Satan, you know?”

Nico looks at the camera, appearing distinctly horrified. “I- I don’t know what I was expecting. Mostly atheist, but maybe orthodox or- or Christian- or even Jewish but… I never expected this.”

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Christian witches/occultists vs. mainstream Christians

The Christian witches/ occultists vs. mainstream Christian tumblr fight has seriously brought out the worst of ignorance in Christians and has made me facepalm harder than ever before. It’s just become long-winded rhetoric about not judging others while failing to get to the core of the misunderstandings. The occult can be a good or bad thing, just like the study of any philosophy or spirituality. Many Christians don’t know that most western occult traditions stem from Judeo-Christian philosophy and are mere variations of mystical Christianity. Some study it to grow in union with God and draw knowledge from the angels and saints; others use it to conjure demons to do their bidding. Some try to do both.

You can’t just lump everyone together and claim that the Bible preaches against discovering how the spiritual universe works. Let’s not forget that the most prominent of Catholic saints were mystics, visionaries, and healers who used their ability to speak with God and the angels for the benefit of others: writing down their conversations in volumes of books with the good of the faithful. Ven. Mary of Agreda, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Hildegard von Bingen, and St. Julian of Norwich are the first to come to my mind. This isn’t some recent fad that’s come in as a form of syncretism between occult and Christianity; it’s an ancient path that has been paved by the saints which is almost just as old as the Church (other forms are even older). The most prominent of alchemists and herbal healers were Catholic monks and priests who covered massive ground in discovering alchemical and spiritual proceses that would form the basis of modern chemistry. It’s not just about mixing fancy chemicals and chanting around circles with the names of God and angels; it’s about the transmutation of the soul to its highest form to unify with God.

What us Catholics do is almost indistinguishable. Blessing ourselves with salt infused holy water, walking around in glimmering robes and Latin chants, consecrating churches and altars with holy oil, swinging incense, touching sacred relics and icons, and using a variety of sacramentals that range from wax figures to blessed ropes and cords, are all ways we connect with God. Personally, I use the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentegram from the Golden Dawn to spiritially cleanse areas, ask the Holy Spirit’s presence when I’m fixing up some whacky herbal teas when my friends and relatives are sick, cast circles before I do Lectio Divina, read loads on Jewish and Catholic mysticism to deepen my understanding of God, and pray to specific angels to illuminate me with the information and wisdom I need at that moment. What exactly in this contradicts the basic tenats of Catholicism?

What are most mainstream Christians’ definition of Christian occult anyway? Is it necromancy and conjuring Satan? Summoning demons from the Goetia? Is it trying to predict the future? Because I can assure you that the Christian witches and occultists I know don’t do any of those things and focus on hermetic philosophy, spellwork (literally intention infused with ritual- an elaborate form of prayer), and the angels. What exactly are the objections that mainstream Christians have towards this? It just seems to be a knee-jerk reaction without much research into what it actually is.

anonymous asked:

What makes you think Catholicism is the one true religion?


This is something that is difficult for me to put into words. It’s a combination of factors. Seriously evaluating human nature and the beliefs of the Church, Eucharistic miracles, Marian apparitions, more miracles that cannot be explained by science.

I found two articles (long, but worth reading) that explain this really well and put my thoughts into words:



I’ll end with a quote from the first link:

“This joy is the promise that Catholicism offers to those who embrace her doctrine and commandments. It is the joy of union with God, a far cry from the dreary claim of secularists that ‘by happiness we need mean only less of pain.’ But paradoxically, Catholicism holds that authentic joy only comes with and through pain, suffering, persecution, and even rejection. All religions prescribe ways to deal with suffering; only Catholicism promises that suffering leads to redemption.

Of all religions, Catholicism cuts closest to the heart of what it means to be a human being. Its doctrine, laws, and promises meet us where we are, prevent us from exacerbating our situation, and bring us to God, the ultimate end of our existence, not via Easy Street – a route foreign to human nature – but via Calvary. In the cross we find redemption, and with it, the truth of our humanity.”

I hope this helped! God bless!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,
María de Fátima

anonymous asked:

(1/2) I came across a post in which people were arguing over Jesus' ethnicity, and a Roman Catholic claimed he wasn't a jew, was an indo-european, Old Testament teachings are what is now Roman Catholicism, and that Judaism is some diabolical concoction unrelated to the Tanakh / Old Testament.

(2/2) I’m not even Jewish (ethnically or religiously) and even I’m insulted. I would recommend anyone who believes these sorts of things to google ‘Hebrew4Christians - Israel and the Church, What is the relationship.’ It takes a look at how different forms of theology regarding ethnic Israel affects Christians.             

Well, claiming that Jesus wasn’t a Jew is obviously really absurd. The Bible says that Jesus is/was a Jew very explicitly, even giving his lineage all the way back to Abraham (heck, to Adam) so if you don’t think Jesus was a Jew you are directly contradicting the Bible. And that is not becoming to anyone who thinks they’re a Christian.

Now, I’m not a Catholic (obvi) but let’s just dissect the next point real quick.

Old Testament teachings are what is now Roman Catholicism Christianity

Strongly depends on what you mean by that. As we know from our covenant theology, the OT delivered the law, and the New Testament delivered the New Covenant of grace in the form of Jesus. The OT is full of prophecies about Jesus. About how God would send someone to redeem Israel. The Psalms say  “blessed is the one whose sin God does not count against them” and also “if you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand?” So, anyone in OT times who believed in God and in the promise of the coming Messiah would be saved. The law is there to show how incapable we are of fulfilling God’s demands.
So essentially, the requirements to be saved now are the same as in OT times. This makes Christianity the logical extension of the Hebrew religion in the Year of Our Lord.

Judaism as it’s practiced today was invented by a group of Jewish scholars in order to ensure that Judaism would survive in some form after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. In the older form of Judaism, temple sacrifice was absolutely essential to fulfill the law. The Talmud was written after the temple was destroyed, and it includes some things that might surprise you including some very blasphemous things against Jesus that I won’t repeat here. Look up what the Talmud has to say about Jesus if you want to know.

Of course, reviewing this, given your latest ask, it looks like your opponent is into some serious nonsense.

The person claiming Jesus wasn’t Jewish, + that Catholicism is the same as the religion of the Old Testament, brought up the ‘Khazar Jew hypothesis’. (I would recommend gotquestions’ article on the subject). They suggested modern day Jews + Israelis had no connection to ancient Israelites.          

I did read the article on gotquestions. Honestly sounds like some made up or overblown crap to justify antisemitism. Even if it were somehow true it does not justify hatred toward an entire people group.