Why are so many Catholics afraid to uphold the Church’s moral doctrine? Based in the Word of God and codified by the Magisterium, the truths therein are essential to living in true freedom, and are offered to all.
The Church isn’t, as even many Catholics seem to assume, just some social agency with rituals. “The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men.” (CCC, n. 780
) “The one mediator, Christ, established and ever sustains here on earth His holy Church, the community of faith, hope, and charity, as a visible organization through which He communicates truth and grace for all men.” (Lumen Gentium
, ¶8, §1)
The Church exists in time, but at the same time she transcends it. Though we know the Church as a real institution, it is through Faith that we also recognize she is the bearer of divine life — transcending time and history, leading her children in every age to eternal life, until the Lord returns.
This bears remembering especially when Church doctrine conflicts with the spirit of the age-at that moment when too many Catholics either don’t know what to think or say due to poor formation, or so badly water down the teaching in order not to offend, that it becomes incoherent.
“In the formation of their consciences, the Christian faithful ought carefully to attend to the sacred and certain doctrine of the Church. For the Church is, by the will of Christ, the teacher of the truth. It is her duty to give utterance to, and authoritatively to teach, that truth which is Christ Himself, and also to declare and confirm by her authority those principles of the moral order which have their origins in human nature itself.” (Dignitatis Humanae
As disciples of Jesus, we oppose the perverse and toxic agenda of the Culture of Death, we understand that the answer to life’s questions about truth and reality are solely found in Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, who says, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice”, (John 18:37) and “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
The Church has always emphasized our obligation to seek truth and give assent to it when found. “All are bound to seek the truth in the matters which concern God and His Church; when they have found it, then by divine law they are bound, and they have the right, to embrace and keep it.” (Code of Canon Law
, n. 748)
We believe things because they are true, not merely because somebody told us we have to believe them. We have to use our own gift of reason as well, and every day the person with eyes to see will find evidence of individuals and societies that turn from God and His teaching.
Here is why I bring all of this up. Did you see this story last week?