Archive for August, 2008
Should Catholics evangelise to Protestants ? Should Catholics condemn errors ? or Should Catholics just sit back, relax, live their Christ-like Life, do good works and be a “role model” for protestants or any other people.
Yes, being Christ-like in every action we do and doing good works is something that we, as Christians must do, to show others the beauty of the Roman Catholic Church.
To correct or even attempts to correct the errors (im sure you know what i am talking about) is to love them, since by correcting them, you are saving them from not gaining salvation. Choosing to ignore them is supporting them. Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, remember ?
CCC 848 ==> “Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men”
Dear Friends, ok, i’m writing this post in the midst of doing revision for the upcoming Fundamentals of Marketing Examination. If anyone of you reads my blog for my posts on the protestant churches and the Catholic Church (notice the underlying message?) , you should probably read Ian’s blog post dated 5 August 2008. In it lies some facts that our protestant Brüder und Schwester will never accept due to its high degree of extremity.
Before i start my post, i shall blog alittle about my life because i have been “accused” of not writing things ‘about my life’. If you think about it, all my blog posts are about my life. Correcting errors is part of my life. haha. Well our Mid-Session Tests (Examination) are fast approaching. How prepared am i ? Nah, not very. What have i revised ? FOM Chapters 1 to 4.
Actually, i feel there is a lacking of this element in the class of mine including myself of cause. I realise that is not a good thing. Learning to forgive and to love them as they are instead of insulting them is probably what I have to do. What if you are the one being mocked by your classmates ? Yap, something worth thinking about.
Am i being harsh to discredit my classmates in peer evaluation for Projects ? Mr Victor Joe mentioned that i’m too focused on the project. But isn’t that what am i suppose to do ? Is it wrong to instruct people to do the expected jobs of theirs ? I see classmates who gave their best for the projects but get lower marks than those who aren’t giving their best.
On wednesday, my crucifix’s Jesus’ hand broke. I lost my rosary and my crucifix chain rusted for no reason. I dare not interpret this. This i believe, is the work of the evil. There is no reason to say that this was done by the Good. =). I’m intending to get myself one identical rosary on Sunday which is today.
Anyway i watched ‘Money No Enough 2’ with ZD, Meshach and Weiru on Friday evening. Realised that THAT isn’t worth 8.50 Singapore Dollars. This movie, i think, should be watched on a weekday when the price is much cheaper. My ratings out of 10 ? 5.8
Ok, i shall begin my writings on the topic stated above. After reading Ian’s post, i realised that no Popes have ever rejected the teachings of their predecessors or any great saints. This means their words (those on Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus) remain true. Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium, solemnly promulgated by His Holiiness Pope Paul VI on November 21, 1964, in paragraph 14 of the dogmatic constitution states the following:
14. This Sacred Council wishes to turn its attention firstly to the Catholic faithful. Basing itself upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition, it teaches that the Church, now sojourning on earth as an exile, is necessary for salvation. Christ, present to us in His Body, which is the Church, is the one Mediator and the unique way of salvation. In explicit terms He Himself affirmed the necessity of faith and baptism(124) and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism as through a door men enter the Church. Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved.
They are fully incorporated in the society of the Church who, possessing the Spirit of Christ accept her entire system and all the means of salvation given to her, and are united with her as part of her visible bodily structure and through her with Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops. The bonds which bind men to the Church in a visible way are profession of faith, the sacraments, and ecclesiastical government and communion. He is not saved, however, who, though part of the body of the Church, does not persevere in charity. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but, as it were, only in a “bodily” manner and not “in his heart.”(12*) All the Church’s children should remember that their exalted status is to be attributed not to their own merits but to the special grace of Christ. If they fail moreover to respond to that grace in thought, word and deed, not only shall they not be saved but they will be the more severely judged.(13*)’
I especially liked what St. Thomas Aquinas said, “There is no entering into salvation outside the Catholic Church, just as in the time of the flood there was not salvation outside the Ark, which denotes the Church.”
I believe the Church don’t mention this as much as they do in the past due to one important thing called Ecumenism. And yes, i’ve been trying to balance Ecumenism with the condemnation of heresies.
Pope Felix once said, “Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them”
I was reading some Facebook forums when i realised that Economics can be applied in Christianity. The Catholic Church is a monopoly over God’s Grace and Salvation. Hmm the protestant churches are of Perfect Competition with close substitutes. There are freedom of entries and exits in protestant churches unlike the Holy Mother Church. It is a requirement to KNOW about the Church’s teachings (Apostolic) before the Catholic Church accepts one through the sacrament of baptism. Oh yes, protestant churches has perfect knowledge of their “products”. Perfect knowledge, this, i may be referring to multiple things. Example, ‘how to open a protestant church ? ‘ and ‘how can i increase my church’s number ?’ .
Finally, i would like to talk about why we should reinstitute(sic) the Papal Tiara. Well, we crown the Pope not because he wants it but WE wants it, for the love of the Pope, the immediate successor of Peter. The love of the Vicar of Christ. Just as we crown the Pope, we are crowning Jesus. The Tiara is not a symbol of possession or power. The reason why the Pope doesn’t want to be crowned is that the Church is trying to express the Papacy to its minimal expression so as to not offend the others or let others misinterpret the Tiara as a sign of temporal power. This is done as part of the Church’s Ecumenic “program.
Ok. Got to go and sleep. =)
TO JESUS THROUGH MARY !
Is Christianity really about just going to any church and saying,”Yes, i am a christian and i will be saved” ? Indeed, the devil’s smoke is among us. The fact that the mindset of “Christianity, yes any church nearest to my house, any church that others are attending” simply shows how people treat religion with a simple mind. Is Christianity really about any church created out of the founder(s) beliefs ? Is Christianity about the private interpretation of scriptures ?
Where in the Bible does it says “Sola Scriptura” or “Scripture alone” is the way to salvation ? Matthew 15 condemns the tradition of the pharisees and not the tradition of Christ and the Church ! 2 Timothy 3:16 says scripture is profitable but it does not ask us to throw away tradition !
St. Paul instructs us in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 ” Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” If the bible is the sole rule of Christianity, during the period of time after Christ and before the invention of the printing press, where does the people’s faith comes from. The Bible ? When the Bible doesn’t even exist at that period if time ? If that is so, faith only comes after the invention of the printing press.
Yes, it was the Catholic Church that creates the Bible and not the Bible that creates the Church. The Council of Carthage, 397 A.D., through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, decides which are the canons in the New Testaments. It was the Church that puts together the divine-inspired texts.
Protestants adopt their own interpretation of bible. Which means I myself can set up a church (small c) tomorrow, call it “Real Church” or something, and start interpreting the bible in whichever way i want it to be. That is what alot of ‘churches’ do in Singapore. Well, for some, making profit seems to be their objective. =). In 2 Peter 3:15-16, it clearly states that those who interpret it privately will most likely interpret it wrongly:
“And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures. “
I seriously implore people my age or anyone who is looking for a faith to guide their lives, to think carefully and study carefully the history of the faith and decide whether or not it can convince you that is the true faith of God. 🙂
Dr. Romano Amerio who is an expert theologian at the Second Vatican Council and is admired by Papa Benedict XVI said this:
“The setting up of the principle of mercy as opposed to severity ignores the fact that in the mind of the Church, the condemnation of error is itself a work of mercy since by pinning down error, those labouring under it are corrected and others are preserved from falling into it”.
It is only through the authority of the Catholic Church that we know for sure it is the true word of God. That is why St. Augustine, in the fourth century said:
““I would not believe the Gospel itself, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.”
All in all, God gave us freedom to choose which faith to follow. Islam, Buddhism, et cetera may be what you have chose. But remember one thing, “CHOOSE CAREFULLY”. Choose especially those that can convince you and not those that have no history behind them and themselves declaring as the true faith.
Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus
Let us pray for our protestant brothers and sisters.