Are you Catholic?
July 6, 2007 9:05pm CST
Christianity is one of the major religion in the whole world. And talking of Christianity, majority of its members are in the wings of the Vatican. Of course, the Catholics which numbered around 1 billion professing members, are the major force in the religious world. In the Philippines, majority (90%+) of its people are under the banner of Catholicism. Most of these people are already born and baptized as Catholics. Are you a Catholic? Raise your hands if you are. And tell me what are the things you like about this faith.
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7 Jul 07
I'm the same. Born, bred and raised a Catholic. However, while organised religions does have it perks, I find most of its doctrines distasteful. I'm not what you call a practising Catholic, but I still go to church to pray and sit quietly to contemplate.
7 Jul 07
hi tombiz, Here's a bit of a rant for anyone interested. No adverse implications suggested toward anyone - unless they want to draw their own conclusions to that end. I was born + raised catholic, which was fortunate, because the Catholic school system doesn't really do a very good job in Australia of educating the kiddies about their religious heritage. It was only after I left school and left home that I learned all the things that have completely and thoroughly convinced me that the Catholic Church is the one true Church. Protestants will be offended by such talk, but that's never been my problem. In my personal view, the singular error that many Christians today have made is their liberally instilled belief that the Church is a "democracy". So we have people who think that the Church should "change with the times" etc etc, and if it doesn't tow the line then they'll vote a NEW Church into being. It's a bit like the U2 song that has the line "they say they want the Kingdom, but they don't want God in it".... as if a groundswell of popular opinion could vote God out of Heaven... The Church is NOT a "democracy", and isn't governed by human principles. No, I'm not going to engage anyone who starts up with all the guff about how the naughty Pope did this or that at some time or other in history, or how the naughty Catholic Church drove the Spanish Inquisition etc etc. You can be sure Our Lord was quite fully aware of all those things to come when He founded His Church. The Church is NOT a "democracy" - anyone who doesn't like it, CAN'T change it by inventing a "new" church (eg, the mad King of England). Nor is anyone COMPELLED to join the Catholic Church, or to stay a member - but none of that changes the reality of which Church is the one True Church. Pointedly, I discovered from personal experience that many NON-Catholics seem to bear particular venom against the Catholic Church and any of its members (even though Catholics generally don't care at all about what faith other people follow). This reveals something about which Christian denomination the demons most loathe and fear - by the denomination that they put the most effort into trying to destroy. Most "sophisticated" Westerners no longer "believe" in the notion of demons or fairies or spirits and such, but the truly sophisticated individual will realize that all these and more are very much a reality and very active indeed in today's world (the best trick Satan ever pulled was convincing Mankind that he doesn't exist). This leads me onto my next perspective. If there are a multitude of Christian denominations, and only ONE of them can be considered to be the ONT TRUE Church intended by Our Lord when He founded His Church all those years ago, how would we discern which of those many "denominations" IS the one True Church? The answer is quite simple and very obvious. Just look for the Church in which God's intervention is most plainly evident. And ANYONE worth their weight, with a bit of intellect in their cranium, can investigate the matter and satisfy themselves. From what I have been able to determine, the Saints (those people who seem to induce inexplicable events called "miracles") only seem to turn up amongst the Catholic faith. Sure, there are a certain number of people who do amazing things, some of them perhaps through human faculties, some of them through demonic intervention, and even some by the gifts of God, but nowhere is such an abundance of God's direct intervention to be found outside the Catholic Church. Even today, there are miraculous prodigies which occur around the world, ALWAYS amongst the poor and downtrodden of the world. The most famous of recent decades with which I am familiar is Padre Pio. You want photos, eye witness accounts? Do your own research - it's not my job to convince anyone other than myself. I'll end this diatribe by remarking what a funny old world it really is, where the Western world has become a veritable den of iniquity and corruption to rival Sodom and Gomorrah - where the almighty DOLLAR trumps every concept of morality, and there seem to be few constraints to indulgent excess - and strangely enough, now Russia and China look to be the most likely saviors of the world's Christian virtues. No matter how the world shifts and changes around us, there is one True Church that maintains the collective link which God intended.
• United States
7 Jul 07
Yes, I am a Catholic. I'm actually a cradle Catholic who left the Church and then returned to it twenty years later. I like the sacramental nature of our faith, the physical nature of the sacraments, the fact that we have produced saints and the greatest theologians ever, great art, not to mention the fullness of the Gospels - the Bible plus tradition - and the fact that we have the True Presence in the Eucharist!
7 Jul 07
I am a catholic both of my parents are born catholic, I was raise in a catholic doctines and so on. But for me it doesn't matter if what religion you came from. what count most is How? and What? is your personal relationship with the Lord. Do you love your neighbor as yourself? Do you love your God above all things? Even you memorize the whole content of the bible but you don't love God and your nieghbor, can religion save you from the fires of hell...? All things will last here on earth even if your intelligent, rich, handsome etc.. all will die...can religion give you everlasting life..? No.
• Northern Mariana Islands
7 Jul 07
Yes I am catholic, it is a religion that I have been born into and have faithfully accepted up to this point. You asked what are the thing s that I adore about this religion, well I can only answer by saying that no words can begin to express the feeling I have for my faith. It is something that lies within my soul and can never be doubted! To pin point things that I adore about it would be just like saying that there are things that I don’t like about it, therefore I will not justify that answer. My only hope is that you can comprehend my response and know that I love my religion! Have a great day, may the lord continue to bless you along the path of your life.