The answers to three key Catholic questions speak volumes

questionOnce again let me stress that I developed this set of questions in the mid-1980s as a journalistic tool. The goal, when asking these questions, is to listen carefully to the answers.

It is especially interesting, of course, to note when people remain silence or try to find a way to maneuver around the questions without answering.

Different types of believers, of course, have different answers. The goal is to listen carefully and then respond with follow-up questions that yield nuggets of on-the-record doctrinal, as opposed to political, information. The goal is to transcend mere labels.

Here are those questions, once again:

(1) Are the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus accurate? Did this event really happen?

(2) Is salvation found through Jesus Christ, alone? Was Jesus being literal when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)?

(3) Is sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage a sin?

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Catechist sacked for teaching Catholic truth

But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no:
and that which is over and above these,
is of evil.
(Matthew 5:37)

From California Catholic Daily

Last Wednesday, the day after the election, I spoke to the students about voting as Catholics first and shared the above non-negotiables with them.  A question came from a student asking “does this mean if you voted for Obama that you are not Catholic?”  I said that voting for a platform that supports intrinsic evil like that means you are not a “faithful Catholic.”

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Inspirational Catholic Website: Pray the Mass.Org

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Catholic blogger is likely much more successful than he knows

Middle of the night close collaboration for Christ

Like the grassroots instigators of John the Baptist and Jesus, I wait in my digital desert contemplating the perfect lifestyle demanded by God so that when the time comes, I will be ready to carry it out with ardent zeal.  Until then, my blog is my camel’s hair cassock, my facebook account is my feast of locusts and my 140 character limit tweets are my wild honey. Through these tools and through my daily routine, I grow in my relationship with Christ by recognizing His presence often.

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Editor’s note: People tend to forget that Jesus personally reached only an infinitesimal portion of the earth’s population during his short, earthly existence … never traveling very far, and never writing more than a few letters in the sand. Yet Jesus saved countless generations.

Today’s Catholic bloggers have an opportunity to minister to people all around the globe, preaching the very same Gospel, announcing the very same good news, 24/7 and 365. Only God knows how all this will turn out, in the end … but isn’t that what faith is all about?

Scandals in the church

A Catholic Perspective

Answering Scandal with Personal Holiness
Fr. Roger J. Landry: Perhaps the single best commentary on the matter.

Tell Father You See Jesus
Bud Macfarlane: The attack on the twin towers of our faith.

The Catholic Bishops and the Scandals
Kenneth Whitehead: Why so many bishops ignore dissent.

A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful
Deal Hudson: “VOTF is simply another group of dissenters.”

The Bishop’s Secret Letter
Deal Hudson: Eight American bishops call for a Plenary Council.

Scapegoating and the Scandals
Father Richard John Neuhaus: Where there is no mercy, there is no hope.

The Deficiencies of the Bishop’s Policy
Charles Rice: Vague definitions leads to the intimidation or blackmail of priests.

Homosexuality, Dissent and Modernism – The Roots Of Abuse
“The bishops still don’t get it.”

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Pope quotes St. Ambrose, speaking about St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Quoting St. Ambrose, Benedict XVI commented that “in Joseph there was amiability and the figure of a just man to make the quality of his witness more worthy.”

The Pope noted that Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord ordered him,” and that he was “certain of doing the right thing.”

“Also,” he added, “giving the name ‘Jesus’ to that child who rules the entire universe, he enters into the ranks of the faithful and humble servants, like the angels and prophets, like the martyrs and the apostles — in the words of ancient eastern hymns. St. Joseph proclaims the wonders of the Lord, witnessing Mary’s virginity, the gratuitous deed of God, and caring for the earthly life of the Messiah.”

The Holy Father said that the Church “venerate[s] the legal father of Jesus, because the new man takes form in him, who looks to the future with confidence and courage, does not follow his own project, but entrusts himself totally to the infinite mercy of him who fulfills the prophecies and inaugurates the season of salvation.”

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What is the Church? What are our responsibilities as members?

Q: What is the Church? What are our responsibilities as members?

A: The Church is a supernatural institution in which all the “People of God” continue to subsist.

The responsibility of every member of the Church is to remain faithful to God in all things, to love God, and love one another.