Catechism Lessons For Synod Cardinals: Where to Find The Full Explanation of the Faith

The Synod on the Family is in the gestational period right now, being nine months off and dealing with the lives of human beings.  Based upon the “debates” at the last meeting of the princes of the Church that adjourned last October, many of these Cardinals have revealed that they haven’t cracked open the Catechism of the Catholic Church in many years, if not decades.  I speculate that some may never have read or understood it if they have, and certainly are in no position to teach the Faith, let alone attempt to force changes of the Faith past those who actually know it.

One of the corporal works of mercy we are obligated to perform as Catholics is to instruct the ignorant.  Seeking my eternal salvation, I write today to do so, to instruct the ignorant among the Cardinals.  The first lesson is where to find information about the Faith, so that it can be understood not only for what it is, but also for what it is not.

One of the good things among many of being Catholic is that we have the Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium.  We are not left to wonder about aspects of the Faith to determine ourselves what is or is not, we are not left alone to be buffeted by the winds of the age and left confounded by what we hold in our little minds and the confusion introduced by others, we do not read the Scriptures with our mind as the sole determiner of what they mean, how they should be read, what they teach, or what they do not, and we do not ignore what has been passed down and transmitted from the Apostles.  We have 2000 years of the teachings of Jesus Himself, the teachings of the Apostles, the teachings of those who learned the Faith from the Apostles and the teachings of those to whom the Faith has been transmitted to us today, many of whom are Saints.  We can be and ought to be fully confident that the Faith we hold today is the same Faith held by those who walked with Jesus, the citizens of Rome in 50 A.D., of Gaul in 200 A.D., of Ephesus in 300 A.D., of Carthage in 400 A.D, in England in 1200, in the Philippines in 1700 and so on through the centuries.  As Saint Paul wrote, should anyone proclaim a new Gospel different from what he taught, even himself, he should be damned.  The Creed we hold and believe we trace back to the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.  The canon of the books of the Bible was set by the Church around 400 A.D., by which we know what books are divinely inspired as Scripture, declared by Pope Damasus in the late 300s and then again by Pope Innocent I in 405 A.D.  Dozens of innocently contrived and evil-inspired heresies have been brought forth over the ages, and the Church has corrected and battled them, condemned them and defeated them over and over.

To assist Catholics in learning and understanding the Faith, Another resource the Church has produced is the Catechism, wherein we find a full, complete compendium of the Catholic Faith and morals, itself based upon not only Scripture but the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, known as Sacred Tradition, as well as that of the doctors and saints of the Church as well as the popes and Church councils through the ages, which we know as the Magisterium.  Several versions of the Catechism have been produced, each an effort to provide more clarity and explanation of the Faith, but which sets forth the same Faith.  The latest edition of the Catechism was completed and published in 1992 under Saint Pope John Paul II.  He wrote that it

“is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium.  I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion . . . Therefore, I ask all the Church’s pastors and the Christian faithful to receive this catechism in a spirit of communion and to use it assiduously in fulfilling their mission of proclaiming the faith and calling people to the Gospel life.  This catechism is given to them that it may be a sure and authentic reference text for teaching catholic doctrine . . .”

Thus, bewildered and confused cardinals should be and ought to be learned in the Catechism and should be the guide to what they ought to be doing in “fulfilling their mission of proclaiming the faith and calling people to Gospel life.”  I think it is safe to presume that copies are readily available at the Vatican; if not, their local bookstore has copies for sale for a few dollars.  Moreover, one does not have to have doctorate degrees to read it and understand what is written, and it is accessible to all but the dimmest intellect.  Of course, obstinate pride and grave sin might cloud one’s mind, but that can be remedied.

Thus, all cardinals are directed to the Catechism for the grand overview and explanation of the Faith, to clarify their understanding of what the Church teaches, why She teaches what she does, and how that Faith is to be applied in their own important mission to teach and transmit the Faith and in their pastoral application.

Hereafter, since many cardinals are confused about what marriage is, what family is, what homosexuality is, what adultery is, and what the Eucharist is and how Catholics are to receive this Most Blessed Sacraments, further lessons will explore what the Church holds and teaches on these matters.  I trust that these brief explanations will assist those cardinals unsure of what the situations they are now debating actually require in order to lead Catholics to their eternal salvation.  This is very important, cardinals.

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12 comments on “Catechism Lessons For Synod Cardinals: Where to Find The Full Explanation of the Faith
  1. humanity777 says:

    COLOSSIANS 2:8 WILL BE THE JUDGEMENT OF MAN…INCLUDING CATHOLICS!

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    • steveesq says:

      Here’s what that verse states: ” [8] Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ: “

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      • humanity777 says:

        Matthew 23:9…The simplest of all commands…you are all deceived and not following your Christ. Says the Lord your God.

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      • steveesq says:

        And what term did you use to address your father?

        I fear you are being deceived. Remember that the Church comes first from the Tradition passed on by the Apostles, which you know when you read in the New Testament first the Gospels, then also the references of St. Paul where he tells the people he’s writing to to recall and do according to what he told them. Also, St. Peter warns in his second epistle: For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eyewitnesses of his greatness. [17] For he received from God the Father, honour and glory: this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. [18] And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount. [19] And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [20] Understanding this first, that no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation.
        and
        [1] But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. [2] And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. [3] And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.
        and
        But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwelleth. [14] Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace. [15] And account the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation; as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you:

        [16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. [17] You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, take heed, lest being led aside by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness.

        Finally, recall that St. Paul tells Timothy why he writes to him: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

        These all say to you and me that the Church is the pillar and ground, the foundation and the vertical support, of the truth, and you cannot rely on the Bible alone, or select verses cobbled together from it to make a faith. Furthermore, you need the teaching of the Apostles to understand Scripture or you could lead yourself into danger. I hope you’ll spend some time prayerfully reading the above and contemplating what they are saying. God bless you.

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      • humanity777 says:

        “THE MOST HIGH DOES NOT LIVE IN HOUSES BUILT BY HUNAN HANDS.”

        “THE WORRIES OF THIS LIFE, THE DECEITFULNESS OF WEALTH AND THE DESIRES FOR OTHER THINGS IN LIFE, COME IN AND CHOKE THE WORD MAKING IT UNFRUITFUL.”

        “DO NOT STORE UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON EARTH WHERE MOTHS AND VERMIN DESTROY AND THEIVES COME IN AND STEAL.”

        “YOU HAVE A FINE WAY OF BRUSHING ASIDE YOUR GOD’S COMMANDS IN ORDER TO OBSERVE YOUR OWN TRADITIONS.”

        “I DO NOT ACCEPT GLORY FROM HUMAN BEINGS.”

        AND I CAN GIVE YOU ANOTHER 30 COMMANDS.

        SO I GUESS ALL COMMANDS MEAN NOTHING TO YOU AND YOUR RELIGION. GOOD LUCK; FOR YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

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      • steveesq says:

        I guess you’ve made your own “church” in your mind, with your 30 plus commandments. The Traditions the true Church follows are those of Our Lord and yours, Jesus Christ, as handed on by and through the Apostles. I’ve already given you several references that show you that. I hope that you’ll prayerfully read and contemplate those and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

        I don’t know why you seem so angry. I just pray you’ll get some piece.

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      • humanity777 says:

        I guess I don’t know the Catholic way at all; after being born into it, raised in it, taught by it and served it for many years. I have eyes and ears and all that catechism is nothing like the Church of Christ commanded in scriptures! ABSOLUTELY FILLED WITH DECEPTION.

        SAYS THE LORD YOUR GOD.

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      • steveesq says:

        I didn’t say you didn’t know anything about Catholicism. I was away for a long time but I didn’t go to any religion. I thought I lost my faith. You sound like you didn’t. But both of us have to deal with our pride, with deciding that we know better than the Church. I had a moment when I sat back and accused myself of being smarter than all those billions of people over 2000 years who were more prayerful, more studious about the faith, more obedient, who took the time and effort to really look into why the Church teaches what she does, how She came to do what She does, and where the Faith comes from, who is Jesus. I turned my thinking upside down, decided to accept everything, even when I didn’t understand. I went to confession after many years, and then prayed for wisdom, understanding and guidance. It came, often from sources other than the catechism or official Church stuff. Read the catechism, cover to cover, and chew on it, not just skim. Go to confession after examining your conscience thoroughly, which isn’t easy and can be painful even. And let go of the pride. That’s satan’s first assurance: that we can decide what is good and what is evil for ourselves, that we can be as gods. Remember he was the first dissident, who said he would not serve God. Finally, don’t confuse the sinful men and women in the Church with the Church Herself. We all sin. But that is why Jesus came and built His Church, on Peter. And recall that Peter wasn’t perfect.

        We cannot be our own authority. As Neto, pointed out, look where that has led to. How many Holy Spirits are there?
        I hope you try what I suggested and see if it works for you too. The main thing is you need to receive absolution and then take it from there. Another good thing I did was to sit in front of the tabernacle and ask Him what the deal was about many things. He didn’t speak audibly in my ear, but the answers came. He is really present there, and if you ask Him to prove that to you, He will. Sit there with your Bible, ask, and then see where you are led.
        I think He’s working on you now, which is why you and I have met here. May God bless you, give you the clear understanding you seek, and reveal the Truth of the Church to you again, as it seems you once knew.

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      • steveesq says:

        And peace too!

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      • humanity777 says:

        And a command all priests break within BLASPHEMY:

        “WATCH OUT. BE ON GUARD AGAINST ALL FORMS OF GREED. LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST IN AN ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS.”

        KNEE DEEP IN USELESS TREASURE OF THIS WORLD AS CHILDREN STARVE.

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  2. Neto Kor says:

    Hey, humanity 777, which of the 40,000 or so Protestant denominations who disagree with each other would you recommend I join? The Protestant Reformation continues to fragment Christianity. How can that be from the Holy Spirit? I recommend that you pray to the Holy Spirit to have an open heart and that you explore a great site called catholicbible101.com. A lot of Protestant falsehoods are addressed there. God be with you.

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