Synod revealed deep divisions within Catholicism

The Vatican’s eagerly anticipated Synod on the Family closes tomorrowSYN without any agreement to change Catholic dogma. The month-long assembly of bishops only served to reveal the deep divisions within church leadership with progressives pressing for changes in policy towards remarried Catholics and LGBTs and with conservatives digging in and holding the line.

The American Catholic church is losing members like a sieve with one of the reasons thought to be its treatment of remarried Catholics as second-class citizens by barring them from receiving the eucharist. Pope Francis understands impediments must be removed if the church is to stay afloat. No one seriously thought anything resembling consensus would come out of this synod but liberals saw it is a necessary step in building consensus for change in the future.

My thoughts? Catholic apologists like to claim their church is the “unchanging” foundation of truth despite the testimony of history, which reveals the church has often radically changed its doctrines and policies to fit changing circumstances. Conservative bishops see any policy shift on remarried Catholics as a blatant admission of church inconstancy and a recognition that previous church doctrine was incorrect.

I certainly don’t believe Catholic priests change bread wafers and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. And I certainly don’t believe ingesting those wafer hosts does one, single thing for the recipients. Catholics believe they receive grace by ingesting the eucharist, which allegedly then helps them from committing “mortal” sins. Catholics believe they must obey the Ten Commandments perfectly (impossible!) to be in a “state of grace” so they will be allowed into Heaven when they die. But receiving Christ is NOT ingesting a bread wafer, it’s accepting Him as Savior by faith. God’s Word makes clear that NO ONE is able to obey their way into Heaven. Christ came to save sinners, not the religious self-righteous who think they are doing a good job obeying the Ten Commandments.

Place your faith in Jesus Christ, not in religious leaders who make idols of their changing traditions. Find an Evangelical church in your area which preaches the Gospel of grace without compromise.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God —  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. – John 1:12-13

“I have not come to call the (self) righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:32

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Pope Francis fails to persuade majority of bishops on remarried Catholics

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner

10/23/15

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/23/pope-francis-fails-to-persuade-majority-of-bishops-remarried-catholics-synod-family

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7 thoughts on “Synod revealed deep divisions within Catholicism

  1. You make a complaint in your message. You offer no wisdom or validated reasons though. You accuse the Church of deep divisions, yet in the same breath, show how the synod ended without schism or mention of even the possibility of schism. Emotions do not lead us in the best direction. Telling someone to run to an Evangelical church (some recent entity that will fade just as easily as its predecessors) is not wise. Right?

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    1. The Holy Spirit works wherever He wishes. He works inside the Cc and He works outside of it. Many Catholics come to a point where they realize they cannot possibly obey the Ten Commandments and merit their way to Heaven as their church prescribes so they simply throw themselves at the feet of Jesus and accept Him as Savior in spite of their church’s standard doctrine. Praise the Lord for the Reformers who sought to return the church to the beliefs and practices of the early Christianity. That was the Holy Spirit working. But the hierarchy just kept barreling along. Yup, all the Evangelical churches are just a ragtag conglomeration, so unlike the hierarchical, imperial model that Rome followed. But in those ragtag, disorganized, Evangelical churches, where hearts are soft and people are open to the Word, is where the Holy Spirit can work best. Nicodemus represented respectable, authorized religiosity and Christ told him to give it up.

      But I wonder why you or any other Catholic would waste another minute on their church when your own pope says even atheists are going to Heaven if they are “good”? Just sleep in on Sundays like the atheists and the 75% of Catholics because the pope says every “good” person is going to Heaven. Me? I know I’m not good at all. I sin against God every day. I am soooooo grateful to Jesus Christ, my Savior for taking the punishment for ALL of my sins, past, present, and future.

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      1. The only Catholics that believe they can’t obey the Decalogue are those who do. And the ones who don’t think they need God’s help to obey are the ones who fail. Without God, we can do nothing.

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      2. Francis, you’ve hit upon the crux of what divides us. Several Catholics have sent comments claiming they have accepted Christ as their Savior but then went on to defend doing their part to merit their own salvation. According to Catholics it is possible to obey the Law. Catholics say not only is it possible to obey the Law but it’s absolutely essential to obey the Law to merit salvation. Evangelicals would argue that NONE can obey the Law, for by the Law comes the knowledge we are all sinners in need of a Savior (Romans 3:20). Evangelicals take the position of the tax collector (Luke 18), acknowledging they are helpless sinners and reaching out to Christ for salvation with absolutely no plea of their own. Most Catholics would take the position of the Pharisee, thinking they’re doing a satisfactory job of obeying their way to Heaven (minus the caricatural arrogance of the proud Pharisee in Christ’s story). It’s a difference in mindset/spirit that only comes through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. I pray someday you will see yourself as an absolutely helpless sinner in need of the Savior.

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      3. Well, I do see myself as a sinner, but not without help. I have grace of God to help me avoid mortal sin and reduce the probability that I will sin venially. I do not accept that I must sin because I am “helpless.” I have never been helpless with God by my side. But if I lack faith or refuse God’s help, then I will have difficulty.

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      4. As I’m sure you know, by “helpless” I mean without any ability to help one’s self. We all refer to “helpless” infants knowing they will be taken care of by their parents. Can we please stop with the “Gotcha!” semantic games? You state the Catholic position clearly and I give you credit for that. Many Catholics will deny merit has any part of their church’s salvation equation while at the same time insisting obedience is essential.

        We are poles apart and can never agree. You believe God’s grace helps you avoid “mortal” sin. You hope to end this life without a spot of “mortal” sin on your soul. I believe no one can be justified by trying to obey the Law. My position is that of the publican in Luke 18 and your position is that of the Pharisee, believing you can earn your justification by “obeying” the Law.

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