Hi Wendy, It seems that you know what you believe in and that you are secure in your faith. This is a good thing and I hope it comes from your own reflection on what it means to be catholic and not solely from what you have been told or heard. Undoubtedly what you have been told varies widely among the 1 billion catholics on earth, if there is a fallacy I have to believe that it is "a very narrow path to heaven". If there are not many paths then you must keep your faith very strong for the odds that only your path is the right path will make your heaven a very solitary one. To interpret words to a deep understanding within your soul is a very personal journey and only God knows wether this will lead us to heaven. In other words, we all interpret the Bible our way. Attending church and being catholic is vital to establishing a moral and ethical value system to live our lives through the example of jesus Christ but only a fool takes the word of another protestant or catholic as if it could be the word of God. We are of the Judeo/Christian tradition, and our word for God is "Yahweh", a ancient word which translates loosely into that whose name cannot be spoken or understood. As humans we are full of contradictions (even priests) so we must guide ourselves through this life and can only hope to do the right thing some of the time. Look at those comments that you see as contradictions and realize that they are simply the coherent statements of a man who believes that others can guide you in the wrong direction so you have to make your path and follow your heart because the holy spirit speaks through people and through you but only trust whats in your heart. If you don't, that is when you are vulnerable. When you pretend to know and lead people down the wrong path because you know the "truth", then you cease to do God's work and give the Devil the day off.
"if there is a fallacy I have to believe that it is "a very narrow path to heaven". If there are not many paths then you must keep your faith very strong for the odds that only your path is the right path will make your heaven a very solitary one."
It's not "my" path Albert: Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."
God's words, not mine. He's letting us know how it is, it's our choice on whether we want to heed His advice or not. Sadly, there will be eternal consequences if we don't.