Interesting thing about blogging, is that the author can write from a factual point of view or an opinionated point. I promised you and myself that I would keep this page based purely on factual educational information about the Catholic Church and her teachings. I am about to break that promise already with my second post on this site. My priest even advised me to keep all post lighthearted, forgive me father for this post is not so lighthearted.
How can a person say they are Catholic but not live their lives according to the teachings of the Church? I have witnessed so many people that fail to strive to be Catholic, there is no attempt to or desire to live as the Catholic Church teaches them to live. Are they Catholic? Can they claim to be Catholic? I say no. I say since they push away the fundamental teachings, they are not Catholic, not sure what they are, but not Catholic.
There are certain basic teachings of the Catholic Church that must be followed in order to be a true Catholic. The Church teaches that all forms of birth control is wrong (the reason it is wrong, another time and another post),skipping Church on a Holy day of Obligation is also not taught in the Church. These are just two of many examples of Church teachings that some Catholics choose not to follow. The Church teaches us how to live a moral and just life but some choose to follow their own way, the decide what teachings are good and bad, right and wrong. I call these people “cafeteria Catholics” or “Ala Carte Catholics”, where the Church no longer gets to decide for you. You get to pick what you like, what you think is right and moral. The Catholic Church is left out and they become their own church. This reminds me a lot of the story of Adam and Eve, when they decided to become their own god by eating the forbidden fruit.
So is it wrong to purposely go against the teachings of the Catholic Church and still call yourself Catholic? If a person doesn’t like the way the Church teaches and doesn’t want to live their life as the Church teaches, then perhaps they should move on to establish their own church, one that is different from the One True Catholic and Apostolic Church….Oh, wait, someone already did that. What was his name? Oh, yes, Luther. He went on to live a life that was far from Catholic and they called him the first Protestant. More on him and the Reformation in another post. At least he didn’t continue to call himself Catholic. My argument is if a person chooses not to attempt living up to what the Church teaches, they can no longer be called Catholic. Luther tried to reform the Church and change it to something that it is not, he formed a whole new religion. That same concept continued and still continues to this day. Currently there are almost 36,000 different Protestant religions in the world today. Someone just repeated what Luther started and it hasn’t stopped yet.
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