Written on 27 September 2014, 10.34 by Gene C. Alberto

 

By: Gene C.Alberto

Do Catholics really believe in religious freedom?

Yes, Catholics believe that the Creator endowed every human being with free will, by which he freely determines his own course of action.  Upon this basic freedom rests man’s responsibility of free will occurs when an individual worships God according to the dictate of his own conscience and practices a religious faith which he sincerely and firmly believes.

 

Why don’t Catholics attend non-Catholic services?

Catholics may attend funeral services to show and express their esteem for a non-Catholic friend who has passed away and their sympathy for the bereaved members of his family and relatives.  Likewise they may also attend wedding services in non-Catholic churches to express their friendship and regard for a non-Catholic.  Such attendance is universally recognized as a social gesture of respect, freedom, friendship and courtesy, and does not involved any formal participation in such services.  Neither does it imply any acknowledgment that the denomination conducting such services is the Church founded by Jesus Christ.

Outside the cases mentioned, Catholics may not attend non-Catholic service.  Neither may priests formally participate in joint religious services.

 

Why not?

Because to do so would be to profess at least implicitly that all religion are equally true, equally safe guides to eternal life.

Since Christ founded not a multitude of Churches but one Church, the Catholic Church which He called “my church”, Catholics are obliged by Christ Himself to hold fast to that one true Church.  They must remain aloof from all the man-made sects and creeds which contradict His teachings and deny His authority and that of His Church.

 

Where is it in the Bible?

To the Apostles, the first Bishops of His Church, Christ said: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son, and of the Holy...

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The Cross that Leads to Life

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about the Cross:  “Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me.  Anyone who finds his life will lose it, anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.”  (Matthew 10:38-39)

 

Jesus wants us to keep the lesson of the cross fresh in our consciousness.  We are reminded how he suffered tremendously on His way to death in the Cross.  His sacred flesh was cruelly lacerated by scourging.  His sacred head was so cruelly and mockingly crowned with thorns.  He was spat upon and made fun of.  Exhausted by terrible suffering, He had to carry the heavy cross to Calvary.  There His sacred hands and feet were mercilessly pierced with nails.  What pain this must had caused Him!

 

 

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