The Dangers of “Cafeteria Catholicism”

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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!

Proverbs 16:16-24

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.

Seen on the web: Pro-Life vs Social Justice Catholics

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There is a huge error in depicting these two camps of Catholics as being cafeteria Catholics simply making different selections.

The  Church has no teaching or doctrine on how much the federal government should spend on the poor or on how the federal (or any other level of) government should go about assisting the poor.  The Church has a crystal clear doctrine on the protecting of life at all stages and that it’s the government’s role to protect life. This is inarguable. Get this through your heads, everyone.

Paul Ryan is neither viloating nor ignoring any Church teaching in his budget or any other proposal.  This characterization of cafeterianism is a huge category error.  It’s not just a matter of degree, where he’s ignoring one teaching to focus on a more important teaching, as  some say.  It’s a category error.

The reason for the rift is a misunderstanding of church teaching. So bad is this misunderstanding that the culture of death is at best excused and at worst actively abetted by millions of American Catholics.

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Cafeteria Catholics

…the Catholic Church is a confessional church, not a congregational church. That is, its members don’t “vote” on Truth. It has a set of beliefs that it “confesses,” and if you wish to be Catholic, you are obligated to believe the entire set.

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Writer details how Arnold and Maria (to their dismay) were permitted “all the desires of their hearts”.

Maria and Arnie both betrayed Christ and the Church as cafeteria Catholics by picking and choosing the doctrines they would follow and those they would reject. Arnie just took the betrayal a step farther by being a cafeteria husband who played fast and loose with the vows he made to Maria on their wedding day. But if you don’t respect your obligations to Christ and His Church, why would you respect your obligations to another person?

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“Cafeteria Catholicism” is reconciled in the confessional … or not

We all sin. But that doesn’t make us cafeteria Catholics. The real difference is that cafeteria Catholics simply don’t acknowledge sin.

While we all transgress, a committed Catholic will still judge themselves against an established standard. We will inevitably fall short of those standards but we still strive to achieve it and emulate ourselves after Christ to the best of our ability.

The cafeteria Catholic may act in very much the same manner as a faithful Catholic but simply removes all that striving. When confronted with a discrepancy between their will and the teachings of the Church they simply change the standards based on what they feel is right for them. And let’s face it, when we set our own fungible standards, sin becomes impossible because our decision making becomes the standard of behavior.

We all fall short of the standard. The cafeteria catholic just lowers the standard.

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What are cafeteria Catholics?

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Q: What are cafeteria Catholics?

A: Cafeteria Catholics pick and choose what they believe, and they ignore or simply discard the rest. Cafeteria Catholics are so because they typically lack humility and faith.

Often suffering from an overabundance of pride, they are either too ignorant or too lazy to inquire as to precisely what and why the Catholic Church authoritatively teaches on various issues, even though the information has always been readily available, for free.

We have an abundant supply of Cafeteria Catholic priests and bishops, as well.

Not much different than Protestants in that regard, although Catholics will likely be judged to a higher standard.

 

Link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Link to Bishop Sheen Audio Library

Link to the Holy Bible

Link to  Catholic teaching series by the Knights of Columbus

Link to the Vatican

Link to Catholic Education Resource Center