I was asked recently why I have the adjective Roman (Latin Rite) before Catholic in my website stillromancatholicafteralltheseyears.com and in my blog. There are several rites in communion with Rome such as Maronites, that never separated and others that did but have reunited with Rome such as Byzantine, Copts, and Chaldeans. .
WHY I AM A PRACTICING ROMAN CATHOLIC
I was Baptized and raised by parents in the Roman Catholic Church and although I questioned many things and drifted here and there, I always came back because I never found any Truth out there that would better serve me in becoming the best man I could be. As a boy I learned my Latin to serve as an altar boy. Of course now the Mass is said in the vernacular.
Sure, like any free thinking American I questioned the Commandments and other Church Teaching but that was because I had the notion these were restrictions and I resisted like any “red blooded American”. As I matured in my faith development I realized the commandments were not prohibitions at all but the best self help book on the market for living well and happy.
God was not asking me to give up anything that was good for me. Let’s just take a few examples, How about worshipping God our Creator. What’s nuts about that. If I throw that out it isn’t long before I think I am in charge and I am not. Here’s another one, do not kill or do violence in actions or words. Who am I to harm someone. I don’t want anyone to harm me!
And lastly, do not commit adultery. Well, how is that working our for the sexually active outside of marriage crowd, Divorce, fractured families, sexually transmitted disease, etc. Sin has consequences. To deny that is to deny reality.!
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God… Deuteronomy 11:26″
Jesus founded His Church on St. Peter, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”Matthew 16:18-19 As Jesus’ vicar/prime minister, St. Peter established the Mother Church in Rome in 42 A.D. All other Christian denominations over the centuries have their roots in the Church Jesus founded.
If God has revealed Himself to man and He has, man must be able to know with assurance where that revelation lies. In other words, man needs to know without error what the books of the Bible are. There must be an authority which will make that decision.
The canon of the Bible was established by the Roman Catholic Church definitively at the Council of Trent in 1556. A canon distinguishes what is revealed and divine from what is not revealed and human. There was no canon in the early Church because there was no Bible.
There were many Ecumenical Councils that worked on developing the Canon of God’s revealed word. The Council of Laodicea, c. 360, which produced a list of books similar to today’s canon was one of the Church’s earliest decisions on a canon. So you see any additions and omissions by other denomination were all made in the Canon established by the Roman Catholic Church. Catholics do read the Bible and hold the Bible in high esteem.
Is the Bible enough? Well it depends whether you want to ignore Scripture references such as these: In His Last Supper discourse Jesus told the apostles,” I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.” John 16:12-13.
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me” John 15:26 The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost Sunday and a Church was born. After the descent of the Holy Spirit the disciples were filled with courage and faith. They went out into the streets and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ fearlessly in Truth and the Holy Spirit.
I love my Church warts and all. It isn’t perfect. Though divinely instituted, it is humanly constituted. I thank God for the Magisterium of the Church. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide His Church into all truth. “The Holy Spirit teaches the Church “all things,” bringing to mind everything that Christ first taught His apostles” ( John 14:26). “He who receives you receives me” (Mt. 10:40). Chosen by Christ, they exercise the Church’s Magisterium or teaching office. Christ sends His apostles and their successors as the Father sent Him “with “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Mt. 28:18). I place my trust in the Holy Spirit not man.
God’s plan includes sacraments dispensed by His Church. Sacraments are an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Baptism restores us to a share in God’s life. Confirmation strengthens our faith and assist us in being faithful witnesses. Sacrament of Reconciliation heals our soul when we have sinned against God and neighbor. The Eucharist shares Divine Life in intimate way on earth, the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ who is really and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine.
Matrimony: the sacramental binding covenant between a baptized man and woman in which they agree to eternal fidelity to each other and commit to being God’s partners in the creation of new life. Holy Orders continues Jesus’ Apostolic Mission today. This sacrament confers on a man the power of consecrating the offering of the Body and Blood of Christ and of remitting and retaining sins.” Anointing of the sick: the sacrament in which the sick are anointed with holy oil and given the spiritual aid and strength to return to spiritual and bodily health, including, if needed, the remission of sins For more on Catholic Sacraments see Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The seven sacraments touch all the stages of Christian life. The sacraments give birth, contribute to spiritual growth, and promote health (spiritual and physical) and they prepare the Christian at the end of his life’s journey to cross over from physical life to eternal life.
WHY ROMAN CATHOLIC IS IN TITLE OF MY WEBSITE
I want readers to know my blog is orthodox and in full communion with the Church of St. Peter. There are so many denominations out there that have catholic in their names that it is confusing. There are even groups out there that call themselves Catholics for Choice. This is not a Catholic organization but a pro abortion advocacy group.
Saint Stanislaus formerly a Catholic Parish in Archdiocese of St. Louis is no longer in communion with the church of Rome and call themselves a Kostka Polish Catholic Parish. Another local church that goes by name Catholic but is not in Communion with Rome is Sts. Clare and Francis of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion,
Finally, there are “cafeteria catholics” who pick and chooses what Catholic teaching they want to believe. Catholics are not free to choose which teachings on faith and morals to obey.
While God can save whoever He wills the best aids, I believe, are within the Roman Catholic Church for happiness and excellence of living. There are no restrictions harmful to mankind in Roman Catholic Church teaching.
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