Churches empty as “cafeteria” Catholics growing

The celebration of the “eucharist” is one of the most important rituals of Catholicism. The church teaches that at the mass its ordained priests transform bread wafers and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. The priest then offers up the consecrated “host” as a sacrifice to God on behalf of the attendees and any others who are specified. Catholics are taught that Bishop-asks-Toledo-St-Joseph-s-to-ponder-move-to-St-Francisphysically ingesting the supposedly literal “body and blood” of Jesus cleanses away “venial” sins from their soul and helps them avoid committing “mortal” sins in the future (Catholic Catechism, 1995, paragraphs 1394 and 1395). But the Bible teaches sacrifice for sin ended with Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, not upon Catholic altars as a broken victim (Hebrews 10:12).

For Catholics, weekly mass is not a choice. Failure to attend even a single Sunday mass or designated “holy day of obligation” results in “mortal” sin. However, a recent study done in preparation for the pope’s upcoming visit to the U.S. reveals only 24% of Catholic adults attend mass every Sunday. The same study shows only 66% of Catholic parents believe having their child receive first communion is important and only 61% believe it is important to them to have their child confirmed.

http://cara.georgetown.edu/staff/webpages/CatholicFamilyResearch.pdf

Previous studies have shown only 12% of Catholics go to confession once a year, another obligatory sacrament, meaning the other whopping 88% of Catholics are content to casually merit another “mortal” sin.

Things sure have changed. Back in 1965, 55% of Catholic adults attended mass every Sunday. But who can blame Catholics for sleeping in Sunday mornings and avoiding the liturgical *hocus pocus when their pope Francis says even atheists will go the Heaven if they are “good”?

http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=51077

In contrast the Bible says there are none who are “good” enough to earn their way to Heaven but that Jesus will redeem all those who accept Him as their Savior.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24.

Thank the Lord for the GOSPEL of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE!

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29.

* hocus pocus was derived from “Hoc est corpus meum,” meaning, “This is my body,” the words used by the priest in the old Latin rite to supposedly transform the communion wafer into the body of Christ.

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7 thoughts on “Churches empty as “cafeteria” Catholics growing

  1. If you believed in and followed and we’re trying to work for Jesus Christ, you would not have written this piece which is very uncharitable and disrespectful. Who do work for and why?

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      1. That’s your pride speaking. Pray for humility. That will help you. What better than to request and receive humility rather than to be humbled outright.

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  2. You really need to humble yourselves and come back to Jesus Christ in the safety of the Catholic Church. I see that you apparently have an issue with rules and Catholic Tradition. I think that if you set aside your personal pride and overly confident opinion of your own limited understanding of reality, that might make some progress. Rest assured that, if you pray for some humility and begin to consider yourself to be lacking instruction, and truly yearn to know how best to orient yourself to God, instead of creating God to be oriented toward you alone, then you might make some progress. God does not belong to you; you belong to Him and HIS reality, not your own. Seek Catholic theological instruction and then you will learn and your faith and hope and ability to love truly will grow. Try Catholic Distance University (CDU) online if you are not near a reputable Catholic institution. Remember: all of Christianity takes its Scripture and doctrine from the Catholic Church, and then many of the denominations make changes to suit their own designs…not wise.

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    1. After entering into the Promised Land of God’s grace with Joshua/Jesus there is no way in the world I would ever want to go back to Egypt and the chains of works-righteousness Catholic legalism. Who would trade salvation in Christ for a bag full of works-righteousness religion?

      Catholics boast of giving us the Bible (no credit to the Holy Spirit) but wasn’t it the Catholic church that kept the Bible away from the people for over a thousand years on pain of torture and death?

      Catholics take great pride in their religious rules and traditions over Jesus just as the Pharisees of New Testament times.

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      1. That is your pride (and something else – a wound I think) talking. Pray for humility and healing. You appear angry. Something bad happened. Healing can come.

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  3. Humility? I wonder how much humility is involved in the assertion that Roman Catholicism is the “one true church.” Reviewing the sordid history of the Catholic church the word, “humility,” doesn’t come to mind too often. But if we try arrogance, worldliness, wealth, power, pomp, intolerance, persecution, corruption…yes, now we’re hitting some nails on the head! Catholics always cry, “Anti-Catholicism,” when anyone speaks the truth about their church but whenever the Catholic church was in union with civil government non-Catholics lived in fear.

    My advice to you is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior instead of defending your works-righteousness religion.

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