Sunday, May 13, 2012
Quick Thought: Getting to know the teachings of the Catholic Church
I often get a lot of questions regarding what the Catholic Church teaches on a certain matter, and my first port of call - no matter what that question may be - is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Every Catholic should have a copy of this book. Whether you're a Cradle Catholic or you've just crossed the Tiber [River], it is essential to getting to know your faith and the Church's teachings.
You might be confused about the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality given the contemporary prevalence of the "gay marriage" issue plaguing our governments today; there is a misconception that "God hates gays" or "the Church is against gay people". The Church has an answer. For example (bolded for emphasis):
"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2358
Or you might puzzled about your Sunday obligations, whether it constitutes as a Mortal Sin to deliberately miss Mass (bolded for emphasis):
"The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2181
So where can you get a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Well here are a few search results from Amazon to give you an indication of how much it would cost to get yourself a copy online, or else any good Catholic book store would stock them at a reasonable price. But if you spend a bit of time behind a computer screen like me, then there's a free option:
The Vatican Website - CCC, and Catechism Compendium
What ever the question, the Church has the answer!