Ask Away!!

I am a Catholic and am happy to answer any questions that people may have.

However, you should be aware that the Catholic Church has published its official teaching in something called 'The Catechism of the Catholic Church' based on the Creed and questions.  This can be viewed on the Vatican website.

The Church has also recently published a condensed version called 'The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church'.

Nevertheless, I am happy to supplement these by answering any questions you may have.

Pax

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14 Responses Mar 8, 2009

And why wouldn't he just over power Lucifer if he so badly disagreed with all these "sins". Why would he allow us to have all these feelings? Why would he allow people to kill? He does allow it. He doesn't do anything to stop it. He sits back and watches. Why? Why do all the girls have to get punished for something a curious woman was persuaded to do? Obviously God wasn't paying her much attention like he should've been or else that never would have happened, would it? Wouldn't he, like any other "father" watch out for his child and stir her away from what would surely hurt her and especially if he knew that girls after her would also be punished for a mistake an innocent woman made? Wouldn't he? So then what the hell makes us so sure that he's watching us now? Please. Even if God is real, he's nothing like the bible makes him out to be.

So I wonder about the devil. You know, just curious. I mean, God is brilliant, right? He knows everything that's gonna happen before it does, doesn't he? After all, this is his world, he ought to know. And he isn't an idiot. He's not a fool. He can't be tricked by a mere being. A person. A human. To say that a human could be capable of such a thing is almost to say that a human is smarter than him. How would that be possible? God is also the most powerful... whatever, being, thing, whatever, is he not? Most powerful. After all, he did create this world, this universe. Why wouldn't he be? So I'm just curious. How did someone like Satan fool the all knowledgable and all powerful God? I mean, really. He had to have seen it coming. So why wouldn't he have made Hell before Satan had even gotten to heaven and just thrown him into it? I don't get that. And why would he make a being that would only persuade people to refute him? Why would he make a being that persuaded people to do what he didn't want people doing? Sounds kind of stupid to me. Why wouldn't he make sure he never existed? Why wouldn't he at least make sure that he got pointed down the "righteous" path? Just curious. Please enlighten me.

So then not everything happens for a reason. Because if we have the free will to choose what we want, then we lose the greater reason behind everything. So say this kind-hearted, innocent 5 year-old girl who's learning about God and talking to her classmates about what she's learned and she is killed. There's no reason for her death? No greater reason. She just died, just because? She didn't deserve that. Did her parents? Was it God punishing her parents? That sounds kind of pansy of God don't you think? A helpless five year old girl, dead. There better be a ******* reason for that. She was following his plan. But you can't have reason if you have free will. Because with free will you lose reason. That man that shot her did it of free will. That's it. That's the only reason that little girl is dead? If that's the case then God is the ****** up one. If he would let that happen to a innocent child for no "greater reason" than that's ****** up. So he better have a ******* reason. And we better not have free will. Because that's just irresponsible of God.

I'm baaaccckkk! Okay, but seriously now. Is 666 really Satan's number? Because I remember when I was a kid, the number 6 was my favorite number and my older sister told me that I was going to hell because I liked the devil's number. While I knew that wasn't true, I still switched it to the number 9 instead. Anyawy, I'm just curious now. Is it? And is 3 Jesus's number? And what's god's number? And why do they have numbers and we don't? And if 3 is Jesus's number, why doesn't the three sixes cancel out? Because you have Jesus's number and the devil's number combined into one, right?

Hehe! You are so right! Don't mind me. You see, sometimes I tread low on faith. Actually, it's rather unfortunate because I tend to alter. Hours ago I was planning on refuting the idea of this and I may be back in more hours to come to do the same, but I certainly hope not because I do not wish to be so disloyal and irreligious like this. I don't understand why I do switch like this. It's silly really. <br />
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I completely agree though. Thank you! Hopefully I'll remember this the next time I switch. Bless you.

Dear Popokichanel,<br />
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I will of course pray for you. Remember to pray for yourself as well though. Ask God to help you and inflame your heart and He will.<br />
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In terms of Fatima and the revelations then Yes I believe in consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.<br />
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As much as I love Our Lady, I realise that she is calling us to a closer relationship to her son and that takes most of my attention.<br />
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I'm happy to pm.<br />
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Pax

Dear XCRevolution,<br />
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God does have a plan for each of us. The plan is that each of us have a full relationship with Him (infinite love) and join ourselves to him (where the word religion comes from, from the latin relugare - to bind oneself). So yes I agree so far.<br />
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The thing is that God won't force us to love Him. He won't force us to follow His plan. He just keeps calling us to come back to Him. It's us who have to decide who to follow.

Mkay, so there are many things I don't get. First, off, God has a plan for all of us, correct? Which brings about the quote, "Everything happens for a reason." Agree so far?

Dear XCRevolution,<br />
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Yes - if you ask questions about God, Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition as articulated in the teachings of the Catholic Church i will try to answer.<br />
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Fire away!!

Hi Alexishappy,<br />
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sorry for the delay in replying to your post. I'm sure your view is similar to many peoples view of the Catholic Church but got the impression that certain views you may have may be based on a misperception of the role of the Catholic Church. I thought I'd break down the main points of your post (correct me if i summarise them wrongly) and then reply:<br />
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1. You seem to say: That you don't believe the words of the 'Nicean' Crede that is said in Mass on a Sunday. <br />
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a) Faith is a gift from God. If you want the gift of Faith then ask God for it. <br />
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b) I think people often don't recognise how much faith they have and what they use it for. Faith (an ability to accept and believe something) is not usually the problem - it is usually that people don't want to believe. For instance, we use faith all of the time, I have faith that the doctors will look after me when i'm in hospital, i have faith that my teachers want to help me pass my exams, i have faith that the textbook i'm reading on history is written by a person who know's what they're talking about, i have faith that what they've written is true; i have faith that the pictures on TV of a zebra acurately depict what a zebra looks like, i have faith that when I eat chicken what i taste is what everyone else tastes, i have faith that maths is correct no matter who does it or when, i have faith that when i'm talking to a friend i really am talking to them and not in a delusion in a padded cell somewhere. Life involves faith at every moment. It is not confined to religion. <br />
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2. You seem to say: Strange that miraculous stuff should all have converged with this Jesus fella, and there are many things in history to lead one to the truth.<br />
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I say: a) Yes, Jesus was unusual that he displayed such powers. That is because He was the God Incarnate whereas other men are not. <br />
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b) The Catholic Church does not say that you can only realise the truth by hearing about what Jesus said - it says that throughout history, many cultures, philosophies and people have recognised things that can lead them to the truth or which have elements of truth about them. However the Catholic Church does teach that the fullness of the truth lies in Jesus as He is Truth Incarnate. The way to the fullness of truth is by getting to know Jesus. For example, an abacus may work correctly and may help me to count, but it is not maths. Having an attitude of caring for others around us and the environment is good and true, but there is more than this as well which includes it and helps it grow. <br />
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3. You seem to say: The CC is a human institution whose rules are unjust and administered in order to crush the spirits of it's members<br />
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I say a) The Catholic Church is was instituted by Jesus Christ who, although human, was also God. Nevertheless the Catholic Church today is full of people who are just human - some are good humans, some make mistakes, some are gravely sinful. It was instituted by Christ to guide all nations to a full relationship with God by teaching how to live and love.<br />
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b) Thus when the Church says 'don't do this or don't do that' it's because it says that 'to do this' or 'to do that' actually hurts us and hurts society, even if we don't recognise it. The Church says this like a mother telling her child not to put things they've found on the floor in the mouth - it's because the Church is trying to shepherd us to heaven and protect us from hurting ourselves. This is why we call her Holy Mother Church.<br />
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c) What the Church teaches about marriage is that (i) once it is validly made, it is eternal. She also teaches that (ii) to have a sexual relationship with someone elses wife or husband is sinful and hurts both participants and families and societies. Finally she also teaches that (iii) to have sex outside of the sacred bond of marriage is damaging to the participants and society.<br />
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d) The first question is whether your partners first marriage was valid or not. If it was not a valid marriage then you can marry your partner validly in the Catholic Church. If your partner will not seek an anullment of their first marriage then isn't this the same as asking someone to marry you and they say no? Why won't the person seek an annulment if they know that one would be forthcoming and they know it causes you real problems? To not do so would not be very loving. <br />
(ii) if however your partner cannot get an annulment (rather than just unwilling to get one that would be forthcoming) then the fact is that their first marriage is valid. To have a sexual relationship with that person is therefore damaging to you and contrary to the teaching point (c) above and by going contrary to it, the Church merely says that your hurting yourself, hurting your partner and you're placing yourself outside of communion with the Church.<br />
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d) Now marriages can and do fail. People also fall in love with people who are already married. The point is that the Catholic Church says that out of love for you and your partner She has a duty to help you understand that although it happens, and this causes lots of problems, it hurts you and your partner and society to think this is okay. I know this is a very painful issue for many many people, and is often not handled very sensitively (e.g. you may be offended by what I have said due to my own shortcomings of communication even though it has not been my intention to upset you), but nevertheless, the Church has the duty to tell the truth and help guide people and help people get there. That is the Church's aim and the Church's teaching. If members of the Church sometimes don't do this sensitively, then this is their failing and sinful behaviour on their part.<br />
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4. You asked whether the CC thought in sinful to wipe out a living species<br />
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I say that a) the CC teaches that it is sinful to have no regard for the environment and cause unwarranted death. Legitimate use of destroying life still exists however, such as killing cancer cells, or killing the influenza virus.<br />
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5. You seem to say that the Catholic Church does not abhor the needless taking of life (which it does) and then ask 'where is the right to life'.<br />
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I say a) the Catholic Church and consistently spoken out in the defence of life, especially human, in times when to do so has outraged societies and people. THe CHurch has also always historically sought to comfort the afflicted and give a voice to the voiceless, weak and marginalised in society. A case in point is the unpopular view taken by the Church on the issue of the unborn human baby in abortion, the unborn human embryo with stem cell research and euthanasia of ill or old humans.<br />
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I understand totally your difficulty with the position of the Catholic Church and i really do hope that you are able to feel loved by the Church and not 'crushed' as you may currently do. I think the two keys for you to help feel more at peace about all of this is that a) the Church only tells people what they should or should not do as an act of love because it recognises the harm and hurt awaiting the individual, families and society by instead doing their own will, b) the Church has well articulated reasoning for her teaching that is coherrent and logical.<br />
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For example see the most recent encyclical of Pope Benedict on Social Teaching (touching on things like the environment and global economy) on the Vatican website.<br />
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Sorry if i haven't responded well but I tried my best.

So if I wanted to question the bible and god, you'd answer?

That may be so......It's sad..

As am I jojoWazoo, I think it is awful, but from what i can see, when problems have occurred it has been by Catholics acting in exactly the opposite way that the Church teaches us to act. The result is that people judge the teaching of the Church on the basis of the actions of certain people who went against Church teaching.

Reading around this site, I see that the Catholic church has messed up many, many people. I myself am a recovered Catholic.<br />
I'm not mystified by the Catholic faith, I'm disgusted with the things that have been covered up and brought out into the open.