I grew up in a highly Catholic city. If so many of the Catholics were that deficient in their faith, then the blame rests solely on the leadership of the Catholic church, no one else.
Otherwise, there is no possible way so many unrelated Catholics from so many different parishes would be believing the exact same errors.
posted on 05/07/2010 1:34:36 PM PDT
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I grew up in a highly Catholic city. If so many of the Catholics were that deficient in their faith, then the blame rests solely on the leadership of the Catholic church, no one else. Otherwise, there is no possible way so many unrelated Catholics from so many different parishes would be believing the exact same errors.
The Catechism takes care of explaining the Catholic Faith quite well, however, in addition, there are encyclicals/books from the popes, etc. to guide one in living a Faith-filled life. If one is a Catholic going *only* to Mass on Sundays and feast days (which is all that is *required* but it doesn't give the spiritual strength necessary to many who need an extra dose or two), not participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (very many Catholics do not!), not following Catholic Church doctrine (artificial birth control is used by way more Catholics than not), and so on, they cannot be strong Catholics, and they become failures as a solid Faith influence to others. Certainly, the higher ups in the Church should be explaining the Faith well to their students, parishioners, etc., but many are lukewarm themselves. As a Catholic (my brother-in-law had to do this when he was in the Seminary), they must go to those who teach and "Live" the Faith well (solid orthodox spiritual advisers), so that they, too, can turn around and be a good example, and teach others well themselves in their day-to-day living. The Catholic Faith is perfect, without flaw. Those within the Catholic Church (the humans!) are not, and cannot really be expected to espouse strong Catholic beliefs if, #1-no one is praying for them, and #2-because of it (or because of their own pile-up of sins; not going to frequent Confession, etc.), they themselves are weak.
posted on 05/07/2010 4:00:44 PM PDT
("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
So are you a baptized Catholic?
posted on 05/07/2010 7:26:40 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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