By Deborah M. Johnson
It came to my attention recently through conversation with a friend that MANY baptized Catholics "do not 'agree' with everything the church teaches. Of course this is not the first time I've heard this. I'd like to address some of these misconceptions that many adult "Catholics" believe - most through no fault of their own!
It seems that we Catholics are sorely under catechized people. Friends, please be aware that I am not judging anybody - not in the least. I do this out of love. My intent is to help clear the misconceptions that exist.
Is it Okay to receive Holy Communion without going to confession:
Occasionally - only if it's venial sin and not mortal. If you knowingly receive communion in a state of mortal sin you add another grave sin. Venial sin is remitted when we pray the Confiteor at Mass & further when we receive the Holy Eucharist - but it is good practice to utilize the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) - even for venial sins.
How do you know if you are in mortal, or grave, sin? If you knowingly or intently break God's Law - one of the ten commandments - you are in mortal sin. For example: missing Mass because you don't feel like going is a mortal sin.
Link: The Third Commandment: Keep Holy The Sabbath Day
It's Okay for a Catholic "to not agree" with everything the Church teaches:
This is commonly known as a "cafeteria Catholic," one who chooses - as if at a buffet - what they will have, and what they will not have. If you are a "Faithful Catholic" you are "Faithful" in following all Church teaching.
Church teaching can be found in the catechism and is taken from The Holy Scriptures. If you are not following - or not "practicing" what the church and Her founder Jesus Christ teaches - you are thusly not a "practicing Catholic" or "Faithful Catholic" in the true sense of the words.
The lay Faithful or "Christifideles Laici" believe - and strive to follow/practice - 100% of Catholic teaching.
I'm Catholic AND I'm pro abortion:
You may be a baptized Catholic but you are definitely not "Faithful" or "practicing." You need to speak to your parish priest asap. Abortion is an intrinsic evil - an non-negotiable Truth of the church. Thou shalt not kill is the fifth commandment and abortion breaks it.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Fifth Commandment
Article: What does the Catholic Church Teach regarding Abortion
The commandments are not restrictive or inhibiting, quite the contrary! When we follow God's Law we find true, lasting peace . . . joy beyond comprehension. And that's the truth as well :)
Feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have. I hope you find this instructive and enriching.
Helpful Sites reflecting TRUE Catholic Teaching:
The Catechism Of The Catholic Church Online
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