Professor KashmarEnglish 111
28 September 2018
Why Become a True Catholic?
Why become Catholic? Internal peace, acceptance, and forgiveness. The religion has been in existence for over two thousand years. Its historical and universal entity are cause for an obvious impression. For those who place joining the faith into consideration, it may be an easy decision.
The two hundred and sixty-sixth pope, Pope Francis, is now entering his sixth year in the papal seat. However, despite his overwhelmingly well-received paparchy, Catholics have been turning away from the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s popular rule and an incline to present a “kinder, gentler Catholicism” (Manseau) has driven people towards the faith. “Who am I to judge?” It has been made evident that the pope has a tolerant stance on homosexuality in discrepancy with the Archdiocese of Detroit who announced an exhortation for a dodecahedral of churches because they were identifying as Catholics (Manseau).
Who is a true Catholic? A catholic is defined as a term meaning “universal.” The Church encompasses all those who believe in God and that He suffered and died for the people’s sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures as stated in the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed. Catholics also believe that there was only one Person between God and man, Jesus. (Revived Life) They believe in attending church every Sunday and for holy obligations, such as Easter and Christmas. There are seven sacraments that Catholics recognize, baptism, eucharist, confirmation, reconciliation, marriage, anointing of the sick and holy orders. Sacraments signify the Divine grace granted to Catholics by God himself. Peter Lombard defined sacraments as “an outward sign of inward grace that it bears its image and is its cause.”
*describe some of the sacraments?
The Church is universal. The term catholic comes from Greek origin and literally means universal. On the contrary, Catholic Churches can also be found all over the world. This provides people with an ultimate understanding of the Catholic religion and its popularity.
Catholics believe that sins can be forgiven. The process in which Catholics have their sins forgiven is by partaking in Penance or going to confession. This is also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is the only way that people, who are natural sinners, can be washed away of their sins after the Sacrament of Baptism. They do this by sitting before God and a priest and confessing all of their past sins. This has always been a very comforting sacrament, because once a Catholic participates in this holy sacrament, his or her sins are forgiven, and they can walk away as a renewed and sinless child of God.
People have been leaving the church for multifarious reasons. Some do not believe in what the Church is teaching, or they did not like the rules the Church subjects to. Young people quintessentially leave the faith at age thirteen; sixty-three percent left between the ages of ten and seventeen and twenty-three percent left before the age often. (Gray)
Many leave the faith due to science. This could occur frequently because of the decline in Catholics attending Catholic schools. The Catholic Church has not had a problem with coexisting with the evolution theory, because “God intended man and creation exist in their present form.” In the Bible, the first chapter of Genesis explains the creation of life and the science behind it. God created the world out of nothing in seven days. The first six days of His transcendent work were used to create night and day, the sky and the sea, land, stars, the sun and moon, and animals. His last day was of rest. Those who have grown up believing in God and have had formal Catholic education have a better time persevering through the scientific teachings and can believe the evolution theory is compatible with the seven days of creation. (Gray)
In conclusion, Catholicism has had its downfalls but has lived to tell the tale. Many people have broken off from the faith but still consider themselves Catholic. Although this is not viewed as acceptable to the Church, wishful thinking from the Pope and his followers is palpable for those who grew up believing in the faith but have grown away from it. Pope Francis said, “Who am I to judge?” and this phrase is fitting to the Catholic faith. All people are worthy of the Church and can at any time turn to God. As Manseau said in his article, “Who am I to judge?” would be a fitting motto for a papacy that saw a thousand Catholics bloom.”
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