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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. posted this thread...
Mar. 14, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Hello! Does anyone have questions about the Catholic Church? I'm a devout Catholic and would love to discuss my faith with you, especially if you are interested in or confused about some aspect of Catholicism. It'd be great if we could get a thought-provoking, charitable conversation going on this thread!

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MorganRF replied...
Mar. 15, 2016 at 11:18 am

What is your thought on g.ay marriage?

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WordAddict replied...
Mar. 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Also, what is the difference exactly between Catholicism and Christianity, if you do know? Difference in beliefs? Everyone I ask gives an "iffy" answer. 
:)

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Admin. replied...
Mar. 16, 2016 at 1:23 am

Does Catholocism generally believe you should question authority and find answers for yourself or that you should trust in the judgement of others (specifically on the Bible)? 
 
-Allen

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stuntddude replied...
Mar. 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm

"Also, what is the difference exactly between Catholicism and Christianity, if you do know?"
 
I'm not a Catholic (or a Christian), but I can answer this one. Catholicism is a sect of Christianity. It's currently the largest sect (and has been for a while), and has an internal structure and beliefs that some other sects take issue with, and as a result, many people mistakenly think that Catholicism is its own religion separate from Christianity.

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 17, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Catholicism believes in authority. This doesn't mean you shouldn't think for yourself or read the Bible privately; rather, it means that you must adhere to the Church's teachings on matters of faith and morals. See, God understands that man is fallible. He can and will make mistakes. And there are some things in the Bible that are really hard to wrap your head around. :) For example, there's a verse in the Bible where Jesus says it's necessary to "hate" your family. Of course, He didn't mean to hate them literally - he was using hyperbole - but if you or I were reading the Bible all on our own and came across that verse, we might very well be stumped. So God in His great wisdom and mercy has given us the Catholic Church to help us figure out what verses like that mean (and what to do in tricky moral modern situations that aren't addressed directly in the Bible). The Holy Spirit lives in the Church and works through her to give us the truth, particularly through the pope's infallibility. Papal infallibility is kinda another topic, but basically it means that God will never let the pope make a mistake when he's teaching on the matter of faith and morals. (It doesn't mean he'll never sin or that he'll always be right about non-faith-and-morals stuff, like science.)

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 17, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Re: What is your thought on g.ay marriage?
That's a great question, and very relevent for today's society! I'm so glad you asked. :) The Catholic Church teaches that g.ay marriage is wrong. It isn't that we hate g.ay people - after all, hate is a sin. Rather, it's that g.ay behavior is deeply contrary to human nature and the will of God. Marriage is a very sacred, ancient, and holy institution, and one of its purposes is the procreation of children, which is not possible with g.ay relationships. Therefore, the Church teaches that g.ay "marriages" aren't really marriages at all.
This is a great topic of conversation and we could go a lot deeper with the help of a Catechism. Did that explanation make sense? I'll be happy to try and make it clearer if it didn't. :)

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 17, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Re: the difference between Christianity and Catholicism
Like stuntddude said, Catholics are Christians. :) We're actually the original Christians, the Church Jesus founded and commissioned the Twelve Apostles to spread. Until the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church was basically the only Christian Church. Then, in 1517, Martin Luther broke away from the Church and started his own version of Christianity. This started a chain reaction among people dissatisfied with the Church, and we ended up with a ton of non-Catholic, Christian churches - the Protestent Christian churches, so called because they were "protesting" the Catholic Church. While these churches believe in the basic tenents of Christianity like the divinity of Christ and the Trinity, they disagree with Catholicism on other things - for example, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, asking for the intercession of saints, how many books should be in the Bible, the Pope, and on and on. So basically, the difference between Catholic Christianity and Protestant Christianity is that the Catholics have more beliefs. (We have the full, unabridged version of Christianity, if I may use the expression.) :)
 

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 17, 2016 at 11:39 pm

If we're going to start another g.ay marriage debate, then I suggest starting a new thread. It will almost certainly derail this one.

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 6:56 am

Starting a seperate thread for a debate on g.ay marriage is a good idea.

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Mr.packerbear12This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

Isn't it interesting how God would choose something so pagan such as roman mysticism(sp) which originated from greek mythology, to use for his purpose. Did you now that constantine was, in fact, a pagan? Did you also know that if you look at the original language of the Bible it never mentions the Catholic church? And also never the word saint.. and how can a man's teaching be infallible if he isn't the Messiah?

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stuntddude replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

"how can a man's teaching be infallible if he isn't the Messiah?"
 
As I understand it, it's for the same reason the bible is considered to be the infallible word of God, despite being physically written down by human hands.

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Mr.packerbear12This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

SDD: That's a good point, but, the only reason I disagree with you is because all these writers were from different times, yet they never contridicted themselves, which to me proves they were all getting their information from the same source, Yahweh. I do think a lot of Paul's writings in the New Testament shouldn't be considered Scripture, but rather commentary on it.

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Just as the writers of the Bible all got their information from different sources but didn't contradict themselves, isn't it amazing that through 2000 years of teaching the Catholic Church hasn't changed her teaching? Even when the Protestants allowed contraception, the Catholic Church stayed strong. And she's survived so many persecutions and heresies and wars. She's protected by the Holy Spirit, just as the writers of the Bible were.

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm

It is interesting how God would choose paganism to spread the truth, isn't it? That's how He works - in mysterious and wonderful ways! And I did know Constantine was a pagan for most of his life - isn't it neat how he uses all kinds of people for His purposes? Yup, yup, the Bible never uses the word "Catholic"; it never mentions the word "Trinity" either. A man's teaching can't be infallible, that's just the point - we need the Holy Spirit to guide us, and that's why we need the Church.

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WindRunner replied...
Mar. 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

I think that the church is a congregation of equals to grow in their relationship with the Lord and guide eachother to it. Not elders and priests, but friends.

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Well it is, partly. :) You won't get a better group of friends than the Body of Christ! :) And every member of the Church is a part of the Church. (Wow, that sounded repetitive.) But we also need some people in authority to help guide us, just like kids need their parents to help them grow.
And there is a whole boatload of really cool spiritual reasons the Catholic Church needs priests, but that's a really deep topic of conversation. Still, if anyone's curious I'll be glad to plunge in.... :)

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MorganRF replied...
Mar. 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Hi, I'm back ;) here to discuss where we left off in the Catholic Church/g.ay marriage thread

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Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Ooh, goody! Okay....where were we? Formation of conscience? Good Catholics vs. lax Catholics? Catholic schools not following Catholic teaching?

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WindRunner replied...
Mar. 23, 2016 at 11:27 am

With God being our Heavenly Father, shouldn't we take guidance from the Bible?

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