December 30, 2008

Romans 12:1-2

On another blog, the author contemplates whether it is possible to remain in what he perceives as an immature Church. This blog author fights to make the Roman Catholic Church accept the PRACTICE of homosexuality. I know he reads this blog and this post is for him and all others who wonder the same.

Is the Roman Catholic Church immature?

If your standard of maturity is age, than I guess you think a couple of millenia is young. But, I'm being sarcastic since I know actual age is not what you mean.

You think that because the Church has not conformed itself to this present age it has not evolved. You think because the Church refuses to "get with the times" and accept the practice of homosexuality it is not mature. You think because so many other denominations have become "enlightened" and ordained women and accepted the practice of homosexuality the Roman Catholic Church should too.

Wrong all wrong.

To be a Christian, in and of itself, does not mean conformity. It never did. Even the chosen of God, the Jews in the Old Testement, were not in conformity with the ages they lived in. They were outcasts. Exiles. How popular were, and are, the followers of Christ? Look around. Christianity is under siege worldwide. It always is. To live an authentic life in Christ means to be an outcast. It means exile. Still does, always has.

We have to fight our inclinations as much as evangelize the present world. We have to evangelize ourselves. Our bodies need to be sacrifices. We have to sacrifice our will and our desires and conform ourselves not to the world, the present age, but God. We are not to conform to the present age anymore than we should conform to ourselves. We are to conform to God and His Church.

We are made in the image and likeness of God. We are NOT to conform God to the image and likeness of ourselves.

We need to conform to God, we are not called to make God conform. Yet, I feel that the roots of dissent are often born from the frustration that because I CAN NOT or WILL NOT conform than I will try to make everyone else conform to ME. By extension, I will try and make His Church and then God Himself conform to me also. We are not God. Just because we will it, will not make it so. Not on that large of a scale. However, we can will ourselves to conform or not.

Deeper growth, maturity, into the Church will not come thru dissent. Thru dissent we only move further away, not closer. Acceptance and conformity to the will of God brings maturity. When we open ourselves and our minds to the Word we grow. How can you move closer to something, or truly know it, when you spend all your time fighting it and denying it and running away from it? When you close yourself off from the Word you diminish, you never advance, you remain immature. When you read the same dissenting literature (new decade, different author, same gripes, same distortions!)you stagnate.

I used to think I was so smart because I read a lot about the Church. Granted most of what I read was from people with "issues" with the Church. I read a lot but there was no substance in it. Most of what I read was "careful" to seperate Faith from the Church, always claiming that the Faith is fine but the Church wrecked it by not getting what Jesus intended. Miraculously, these authors always seemed to know exactly what Jesus really wanted but that the Church "ruined"! Amazing that they don't have a book of Scripture named after them or that they are not Doctors of the Church-must be that old oppresion again!

Nothing I read was from anyone with real love for the Church, nor by extension Jesus. How can you claim to love Jesus but despise the Church He founded-founded for US?

There is a huge difference between reading about the Faith and actually LIVING the Faith. There a HUGE difference between claiming to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church and actually living like it. The ideal is to do both: read about it (claim it) and LIVE it. I'm starting to think, put the books down, and just live it! Living it is harder. Living it is the hardest. Reading it, claiming it, even talking about it-easy. Living it-difficult. Sometimes it's impossible. If there were no challenge than we would be Saints and I know I'm not.

Isn't the Original Sin a fine example of "caving in", of conforming to what someone else said, of giving in to OUR desires? How can you claim to be mature when you haven't even evolved from the Garden? How can you level immaturity at the Church when it's been trying to save you from yourself for centuries?


Blogger Chris said...

Under what authority could any of us say that we are "smarter" or "more mature" than the Church founded by Christ Himself? What could possibly qualify anyone to say that? Why does evolution of faith mean throwing away dogma and doctrine such that we no longer have The Church anymore? I personally hope I never "grow" so much in my faith that I outgrow it altogether.
I can't help but wonder if those who find the Roman Catholic church "immature" and feel that dissent is the best way to "grow" in faith have read anything by St. Therese of Liseux. It is the faith of a child that brings us closest to God. She didn't have a theology degree or a blog, nor was she battling to be ordained a priest--- she had the Little Way, putting her faith completely in God (as a child does) and trusting that He would give her what she needs.

St Therese became one of the Doctors of the Church- so, she may be on to something.... ;D

Another great post Cathy. :)

December 30, 2008 4:18 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Boy, Cathy, You've put the makings of a book on your blog in the last month or so.

Homosexuals feel that their "rights" are being violated by the Roman Catholic Church. They assert that their same-sex-attractions are natural and that the Church should accept them as they are.

What they don't tell you is that request is only the first of the many items on their agenda.

They also want, among other things, the following to be removed from the lists of sins and church violations:

1. Fornication and sexual contacts for hetero- and homosexual and lesbian couples.

2. Group sexual activity.

3. Pornography

4. Contraception for heterosexual couples.

5. In-vitro fertilization for heterosexual and lesbian couples.

6. Abortions.

7. Removal of the requirement that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman.

8. Removal of the ban on the ordination of women as deacons, priests and bishops.

9. Removal of the authority of pastors and bishops over parish lay councils.

10. Veto power for national councils of bishops over pronouncements and regulations of the Pope and the Magisterium.

11. Removal of the requirement for attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and personal private Confession to a priest.

12. Removal of restrictions on the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, other Sacraments and other liturgical services.

13. Homosexual rights to be added to all constitutions and bodies of law around the world.

There are a lot more issues desired by the "homosexual collective." Their mission is to destroy the Church so they can engage in their desired gratification activities without facing any objections or criticism.

If they get their way, that would be what would happen if Jesus Christ hadn't promised us that He would be with us until the end of time.

And it is our mission as Catholics in good standing to work with Jesus and the Pope, the Magisterium, the Bishops and our priests to ensure that the homosexual program is stopped in its tracks.

December 30, 2008 6:56 PM  
Blogger Biff The Man said...

Plain old selfishness is what it is. It's all about what "I want". The hard part comes, like you said, in living the faith, not self-proclamations of what the faith "should be".

December 30, 2008 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cathy,

Great post. You are right on target. Happy New Year!

Pax et Bonum,


December 30, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Right on target! It's real simple, conform or leave :)

December 31, 2008 2:12 AM  
Blogger Michael Cole said...

A most relevant post:


January 03, 2009 12:26 PM  

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