The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), revised in 1992, has 2865 numbered paragraphs full of man-made traditions. In addition, the church has many other traditions not even mentioned in its catechism as I recently noted with the Gregorian masses. I couldn’t find any statistics online but I would guess only a miniscule percentage of lay Catholics have read even a small portion of their CCC “owners manual.” Although the church claims Scripture, tradition, and its teaching magisterium all have equal authority, its traditions and magisterium trump Scripture every time.
- Archbishop defends Catholic teaching on contraception. Will Pope Francis?
- Catholics should take the time to understand Church teaching on contraception
After the jolt of Vatican II, Catholicism faced another crisis when pope Paul VI released his Humanae vitae encyclical in 1968, which insisted Catholics could not use birth control. Traditionalist Catholics view this declaration as infallible but it was bitter gall for people in the pews. Statistics show 98 percent of Catholic girls/women, ages 15-44, have used contraception. The fallout? If people won’t accept one illogical, man-made dogma (contraception is bad, the unreliable rhythm method is OK), they’ll turn their backs on others, also, and hence today only 20 percent of Catholics attend mandatory mass every Sunday.
In this revealing 1000-word article written to a Catholic mother on how to keep her son in the RC church, the name of Jesus is mentioned once. Only once! As usual, it’s all about the institution. One of the advisements is to “Encourage your children to have relationships with priests and religious.” You’ve got to be kidding! What loving parent would send their child into a viper’s den?
A small group of Catholic teachers and students received the Pentecostal/charismatic “gifts of the spirit” in 1967 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The Catholic charismatic movement now boasts 160 million members although the vast majority, including many priests, still believe in Catholicism’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. “No need to join one of those charismatic outfits down the road where people take their religion seriously,” says the church. “We’ve got all the bases covered.”
Ontario appears to be on the cutting edge of liberal progressivism. First, they pass a law saying children can be removed from parents who oppose their transgenderism. And now, if you send your kid to a Christian/religious school, they can opt out of religion classes.
There’s a word in the dictionary named “Jesuitism.” This refers to the “casuistic” approach to moral questions and problems that developed and flourished within the religious order. Casuistic or casuistry refers to “specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.” In layman’s terms, you can justify anything as long as it’s done for the “greater good.”
After thirty-years of “soul-searching” the RCC is still unable/unwilling to confront its pedophile priests crisis as evidenced by this latest chapter involving cardinal and papal confidant, George Pell.
How long can the RCC uphold its teaching on traditional marriage? Recent statistics show 67% of Catholics support gay marriage contrasted with 35% of White “evangelicals.” See here. I’m sure MANY liberal priests are already marrying gay Catholic couples on the QT.
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