By Doug Lawrence
The term “Cafeteria Catholic” typically refers to those Catholics who prefer to pick and choose which truths of the faith they wish to accept. That kind of thinking is a huge mistake, which can lead people into all kinds of misunderstandings and miseries.
People haven’t changed much over the last 5000 years. They still tend to make the same stupid mistakes and get caught up in the same, hard to control, emotional situations. Often both. When it comes to critical matters of faith and morals, the Catholic Church has been around for a very long time and has “seen it all”.
Through its’ Magisterial teachings, Sacred and Apostolic Tradition and the Holy Bible, the Church, which is charged by God with the care of souls, wisely and charitably cautions the faithful about the real spiritual and temporal dangers of things.
When people fail, the Church is there to freely absolve them of their sins, but the temporal, physical injuries and damages – the unfortunate results of those sins – typically remain – to the detriment of all. The modern world provides a very accurate picture of all these accumulated evils and corruptions.
Individual free will and conscience is rightly a part of all this, but conscience can only be relied upon once it has been fully informed and illuminated by all the applicable teachings and practical graces of the Church. Unfortunately, that rarely occurs, these days.
HINT: It’s always much smarter and easier to faithfully rely on the authentic teachings and accumulated wisdom of the Catholic Church, with the help of God’s grace, in order to successfully avoid some/many/most of the trials and tribulations caused by our own bad choices!
“Cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose which authentic truths and teachings of the Catholic Church they wish to believe, needlessly and pridefully reject thousands of years of practical church experience and wisdom in favor of personally reliving the original “Adam and Eve experience”. It was a “fool’s bargain” then and it’s still a “fool’s bargain” today!
Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.
The path of the just departs from evils: he that keeps his soul keeps his way.
Pride goes before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.
It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.
The learned in word shall find good things: and he that trusts in the Lord is blessed.
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things.
Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesses it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.
The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.
Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.