A Quick Write Up: Catholicism 101

in an effort to promote understanding at least, decided to do a quick write up of some Catholic bascis that are often misunderstood.

Here we go. One of the main differences between Catholics and non Catholics are the sola’s.

Non Catholics accept sola scriptura [scripture alone]. Catholics accept Scripture AND Tradition

Non Catholics accept sola fide{faith alone]. Catholics accept faith AND works

Catholics accept sola gracia. Grace alone.

A non Catholic will say you have to be born again. A Catholic will say you must be born again of water and spirit meaning Baptism [a sacrament].

Catholics do not worship statues. No matter how it may look to a non Catholic it’s not worship.i have several statues including one of St. Francis on the front deck. I also have a large image of the Divine Mercy of Jesus, a nativity set for Christmas, a candle with the image of ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe, the angel of peace figure as known from Fatima and the Bible as well as rosary beads. Catholics venerate all these. We worship God alone. We venerate the Sacred. It’s why the priest kisses the book of Gospels when he’s done reading the gospel. I’ve seen non Catholics with nativity sets at Christmas.Eastern Catholics venerate icons,not statues. If you walk into a Latin or Western rite Catholic Church aka Roman it will have statues.IF you walk into most Eastern rite Catholic churches you will not see statues;instead you will see icons. Here are 2 of the other 23 rites of the Catholic Church.

https://ourladyofthesign.org/ A Byzantine Catholic rite located in Florida

Maronite Catholic Mass in Lebanon

Our Mass is the highest form of worship. We believe communion is the body,blood,soul and divinity of Jesus. It means we are in communion with the Body of Christ too and accept the teachings. A Catholic politician should not support abortion and if they do they should not receive holy communion until they reconcile with the Church, meaning they will have to give up ALL their support of abortion. Abortion is one of the 5 non negotiable issues. The 5 are abortion,same sex marriage,cloning, euthanasia and EMBRYONIC stem cell research. All 5 are intrinsically evil.

If you receive communion supporting abortion and especially if you have been requested not to you could be committing sacrilege, compounding the sin you have already committed.

Catholic politicians like Biden and Pelosi who publicly support abortion cause scandal to the Church.

A Pope can have opinions on all kinds of things. A Pope can have a misinformed or malformed opinion. He can be wrong in all kinds of topics. Infallibility does not mean infallible in all matters. It certainly doesn’t mean sinless. A Pope is infallible only in matters re faith and morals when speaking ex cathedra [from the seat of Peter]in union with the Bishops. The Pope can change his mind on his opinions but he cannot and will not change the doctrine/dogma of the Church.We are free to disagree with the Pope on his opinions from a-z. We are obligated to accept the teachings [doctrine/dogma]of the Church. We are free to accept or not accept private revelation such as the prophecy of various Catholic saints as an example. We are not free to reject public revelation and that is Sacred Scripture.

i did not intend to dive any deeper than just these basics so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them and we can take up further discussion if you want to. I’ll be glad to do that and if it’s something i don’t know about or understand i’ll let you know i don’t have an answer and will research it for both of us.I highly recommend the Catechism of the Catholic Church for all Catholics but there’s no reason a non Catholic can’t read it too.