I’m a semi-informed Catholic trying to be better informed. Here’s something I’m struggling to understand. I assent to whatever the Church teaches. I’m just not clear on what that is exactly on this matter.
Back in October, Archbishop Chaput discussed the way American Catholics (including public figures like Vice President Biden) have adopted individualistic ideas. Chaput said that the Church should not include those who disagree with Church teaching and will not reform their lives according to Church teaching (see first link below).
Similarly, Karl Keating wrote that we should not receive Communion unless we believe what the Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist and about everything else (see second link below).
It seems to me–perhaps I’m mistaken or ignorant-- that priests and Bishops virtually never says things like that, and that most churchgoing Catholics would reject these ideas.
I myself do tend to agree with Chaput and Keating. And I certainly do assent to what they say if it is Church teaching.
But I want to make sure I’m not partly mistaken or being uncharitable.
Personally, by the way, I think its wrong that we are not charitably addressing the dissent in the Church, and related matters like weak Marian and Eucharistic devotion, not confessing sins, and the common practice of grave immorality like contraception.
But I’m having trouble finding proof that what Chaput and Keating say is actually Church doctrine, rather than merely being their opinion…
With my weak brain, I can’t find it in the Catechism, which does say, however, in number 1852 that those who practice dissension will not inherit the Kingdom (Gal 5:19-21)
I’m just trying to know what the Church teaches about inclusion in a balanced and truly merciful way.