(quote) Maura-1030942 said: Weary of reading the verbal clashes between The Faithful and The Infidels, I wonder why CM includes any other questions whatsoever before reaching the "Almighty Absolutely Essential That You Score a Perfect 7" set of hand-picked exam questions.
Thus, as an active, enthusiastic person who is neither atheist not agnostic, nor Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, Rastafarian, Mormon, or any other organized religion that anyone is welcome to add to the list - but one who was born into a Catholic family, baptized, received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion, First Penance, was Confirmed, married (twice) within the Church, witnessed the Christening of both of my children, and brought them up in a Seemingly Catholic household, (and yes, they received the appropriate Sacraments when the time came around), I ask the members of CM the following:
Would you, or would you not, support the reorganization of CatholicMatch to begin the screening process with the 7-of-7 Questions, in order to ensure that only true Catholics, as defined by those 7 questions, are admitted as members of CM? (Assuming such a process would survive any challenges based on the US Constitution.)
Please provide a brief basis for your response.
(This is not intended to elicit flippant, personalized, or sarcastic responses, but to gather some measure of the relevance of other personal traits, qualities, preferences, or situations in the absence of a perfect score on the "7". The hope is that such a dichotomous query will encourage objective,forthright responses and free up a lot of time wasted in attempting either to convert the converted, or to convert the un-convertable.)
I would not support the reorganization of CM to begin with the 7 of 7 in order to ensure that only true Catholics are admitted, Because:
1. These seven of seven are for me merely informational. They do not in any way comment on the true Catholicity of an individual. At best they may represent where a person is in their faith journey and at the best they provide a set of topics that would be of interest in discussion to me.
2. This list could just as easily be the twelve points of faith found in the Apostolic and Nicene creeds. (while the seven of seven covers most of them, we could make it even more foundational.)
3. My faith journey is mine and mine alone. I am called to engage, to live, to experience others in that process. Perhaps I offer a perspective to another that they have not considered, perhaps they to me.
4. As a method of swift sorting of potential mates it works much like the GRE or the ACT an act which only limits a large pool to a smaller pool for ease of management. If being a strict adherent to the seven of seven is important to a person then by all means they should utilize it in that function. For others, like me it is merely auxillary information, which should I pursue knowing more I can ask about. Their response would be what provided enough information to make a decision based on continuing or not in pursuing a match with someone.
5. that list is no guarantee that the individual really believes that, has their faith all figured out, or are in essence a person worthy of knowing. -- or more importantly, that the person believes or accepts but still struggles with it -- a far more genuine relationship I think when we get down to the nitty gritty. I know for myself -- not one of the 7/7 per se, I struggled mightily with the teachings on corporal punishment -- but after much prayer and reading and exploring came to be able to say that yes I accept this now and I can say why.
Hope that is what you had in mind in your query.