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Church Teachings on Controversial Topics The first Council of Nicea exercises its right and duty to define the faith and protect the Church from the Arian heresy A. Many reasons can be given for this widespread confusion and dissension.
For this reason I have written this article to set the record straight. So that no one may accuse this author of voicing his own personal opinions and politics, I have provided references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church abbreviated "CCC" in this document and various church documents promulgated by Rome.
These teachings cannot be abandoned without simultaneously abandoning the Catholic faith. Dogmatic teachings are absolutely needed by the faithful so that they can attain salvation. The need for dogmatic teachings is necessary because without them the faithful do not know what is required to gain everlasting life.
That is why the Church has the right and the duty to define what we are required to believe in matters of faith and morals.
There is one more fundamental point on Church teachings that confuse many Catholics. Many Catholics believe that some traditions such as the celibacy of the priesthood, use of liturgical vestments, Lenten requirements, and other disciplines are dogmas of the Church that cannot be changed.
Such things are not dogmas but disciplines that can be changed by the Church to suite the needs of the faithful. Changing these things will not compromise the Faith because they are not of the faith by necessity. If the Catholic Church wanted, she could allow priests to marry which does occur in the Eastern rite of the Church or wear common clothes while saying mass or even eliminate the season of Lent.
The fact that the Church rarely alters her disciplinary traditions shows us that these traditions are beneficial and have been proven to be proper and pious by the test of time. So how do we distinguish dogmas from disciplinary teachings? Catholic views on social issues and definitions of faith and morals are explicitly promulgated by a Church Ecumenical Council convened or endorsed by the pope such as the Council of Trent, First Vatican Council, and Vatican Council II or by a pope in an encyclical letter.
Yet, not all statements given by a council or a pope are considered dogmatic decrees. Only those statements which fulfill the following three conditions: Here is what the Church officially teaches in the Catechism: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.
Scripture also indirectly attests to the personhood and humanity of the fetus in Jeremiah 1: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. The ancient Tradition of forbidding abortions is expressed in the Didache, a first century writing of the apostles: A child has a soul from the moment of conception and therefore is a person who has certain unalienable rights who cannot be killed by the mother or doctor without making the participating parties murderers.
In fact, the Church feels so strongly on the matter that she has issued an automatic excommunication for all those who have procured an abortion and are aware of the excommunication penalty CIC, canon Thus abortion doctors, the father of the baby, and even parents of children who encourage an abortion, are held accountable.
Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors and in communion with the bishops. I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.
No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church" Evangelium Vitae Sometimes euthanasia is advocated as a way to terminate the suffering of a severely depressed person or a person who has grown weary of the hardships of life Dr.
Kevorkian is an advocate of this type of assisted suicide. Primarily, however, euthanasia is viewed as a means to an end to terminate the sufferings of terminally ill or chronically ill patients. Advocates of euthanasia believe that early death preserves the dignity of the suffering patient and prevents undue hardships.
Unfortunately, euthanasia no matter how you paint it is nothing less than participation in murder: Advocates of euthanasia fail to understand or appreciate the redemptive role of suffering in the individual. Christ desires for us to participate in his Passion, and thus suffering within the Body of Christ has a redemptive role.
Because baptized Christians are part of the mystical Body of Christ, Jesus Christ the head of the body asks his members to participate not only in his resurrection and grace, but also in the suffering of his Passion.
Paul firmly evinces this doctrine, "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church Colossians 1: It only means that we are chosen to offer up our sufferings for the expiation of the temporal punishment deserved by our sin and the free participation in the life of Christ.
Christ merits our redemption and forgives our sins but the punishment and penance for our selfish actions must still be. Thus the body of Christ, the Catholic Church, offers the collective suffering of its members for the expiation of temporal punishment and follows in the Passion and sufferings of the Head of the body of Christ, Jesus Christ.
Nor does it mean that Catholics go out of their way to look for suffering and hardship. Suffering, in itself, is a result of sin and evil manifested by the fall of mankind. Such acts as fasting, prayer and the offering of hardships to the Lord are beneficial. However, purposeful undue suffering and pain can in fact be a sin.Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents.
The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity.
Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Here are six issues negatively impacting the religion. 6 Issues Hurting the Catholic Church Today.
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Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly “easy” path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.