(Quote) Jan-672216 said:
In being confronted with the reality of sexual scandal in our Church, at all levels really...
(Quote) Jan-672216 said:
In being confronted with the reality of sexual scandal in our Church, at all levels really, I am wondering if there is something we might do here on CM that could result in the building up of our Catholic Faith. Every now and then I see a post by one person or another that comments rather incredulously that people who are not in agreement with 7 listed Faith Questions still are allowed to participate on a "Catholic" dating site.
Would CM truly be more helpful to the Catholic Church on a whole if people who are not willing to accept the 7 Church Teachings listed, especially, in the light of the current sexual scandals rocking the Church, the teaching on no sex outside of marriage, the teaching on contraception, and the understanding that a Catholic, once married and divorced, is not free to even date until, or if, an annulment has been obtained? What do you think?
I'm interested to hear what Catholics faithful to the teachings of the Church think about this as well as those who do not accept the teachings of the Church.
May God bless and guide us all.
What you are alluding to (allegiance to the Faith Questions, I presume), is too idealistic. It would be great if we were all on the same page in our beliefs and practices, but unfortunatly that's not the case. People are people. If they wanted to get on a Catholic dating site and were required to pledge their faithfulness to the Church's teachings, aren't there some who wouldn't respond honestly?
Indeed if all of us were to uphold the Church's teachings and practice the same, we would be near perfect human beings -- and we know that's not the case. We should work to better ourselves, but perfection eludes us.
As far as our place in the world, we, as Catholics, should be standing up and standing out so that people recognize that the Church is a worthwhile institution whose members are to be respected because they live their faith. Being alive and vibrant in practicing our Faith is what will make the Church stronger -- from laity to the Pope. At Mass, we are constantly reminded that we are to "go and serve the Lord". That means after we leave the parking lot.
Practicing our Faith involves our personal lives, work lives, recreation, and should literally exemplify our beliefs. Another ideal, perhaps, but that's what we're asked to do.