2005-04-23 03:40:03 UTC
Thoroughly enjoyed your post on Cafeteria Catholics. I normally shrink the post I respond to, but in this excellent post, I kept it intact for the cyber Goans to read it aniek time.
Atan upkar kor (please do us a favor) can you write a post on Cafeteria Goans? :=))
(Q): What is a Cafeteria Catholic?
(A): Cafeteria Catholics are those who pick and choose what doctrines they
want to follow and what doctrines they want to ignore. They do not have any
respect for the authority of the Catholic church. The guidelines of the
church are meaningless. The sad part of the story is there are nuns and
priests included in this category.
The difference between a cafeteria Catholic and a lukewarm Catholic is that
the cafeteria Catholic is ruled by pride. They believe that they do not have
to follow the rules of anyone. They are in charge and they can believe what
(Q): What are signs of a Cafeteria Catholic?
(A): Here are some examples of a cafeteria Catholic:
They see no problem with artificial birth control
They see no problem with premarital sex
They see no problem with divorce and remarriage
They see no problem with abortion
They approve and promote the ordination of woman
They approve and promote the marriage of priests
Cafeteria Catholics use Vatican II as an excuse stating that things have
changed in the Catholic faith and that it is their prerogative to do as they
wish. Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith states clearly in the book "The Cardinal Ratzinger
Report," that it is absolutely incorrect to refer to Pre-Vatican Council II
and Post-Vatican Council II, as if there were changes in the Church's
position in matters of faith and morals. The only changes in that respect
have sprung from erroneous interpretations of the Council.
Pope John Paul II stated in his talk to the Bishops in Los Angeles in 1987:
"It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not
adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions,
notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are
reported as not accepting the clear position on abortion. It has to be noted
that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in
their adherence to the Church's moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that
dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a "good
Catholic," and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is
a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United
States and elsewhere."
Cheers, Gabe Menezes. London, England