Are you a hypocrite if


#1
  1. you divorced, remarried after annulment, and still think you’re a ‘devout’ Catholic; 2) had lots of pre-marital sex in years past; 3) shacked up with two girlfriends for years (one of whom you married)?:thumbsup:

#2

I think for 2 and 3 it depends if you’ve asked forgiveness and resolved to amend your ways. Number 1 is not a problem since the Church granted you the annulment. In general, I’d say someone probably isn’t a hypocrite if they’re already worrying about it.

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#3

You’re only a hypocrite if you are currently betraying beliefs that you currently hold. People grow and change. If a 45 year old man says stealing is wrong, but he stole a candy bar back in third grade, that doesn’t make him a hypocrite. If the same man is currently robbing pens from the supply closet at work, he’s a hypocrite.


#4

Interesting. I lived a riotous life up until about the age of 37. Looking back, I often wonder if I have right to call myself ‘Catholic’.:thumbsup:


#5

St Augustine also led a riotous life until he changed his ways. This is probably true for many saints.


#6

Methinks Augustine was a little older than 37 when he mended his ways too.


#7

To be a hypocrite you have to claim to be acting from virtuous motves whilst in fact acting from base ones. Or to claim a moral superiority over others that you don’t possess.

An adulterer is not a hypocrite if he doesn’t also commit the sin of missing Mass.


#8
  1. you divorced, remarried after annulment, and still think you’re a ‘devout’ Catholic; 2) had lots of pre-marital sex in years past; 3) shacked up with two girlfriends for years (one of whom you married)?:thumbsup:

Well, I divorced, remarried after annulment, had the marriage sanctified and then he left. :frowning: Yes, I AM a devout Catholic because I will never date nor marry again because I’m still married in the eyes of God.
I led a hedonistic life to the age of 50. I had no religion.
I found God, spent 2 1/2 years in R.C.I.A., confessed and was confirmed.
I do not see myself as a hypocrite.


#9

Yes…or at least, that is a hypocritical way of acting. (I can’t think of some mitigating circumstance, but I suppose it is possible.)

The interesting thing about the OPs question, though, is this idea of having some right to think of oneself as a devout Catholic. What is with that? Should we really nurture a desire within ourselves to know where we stand on the pantheon of sinners? “Have mercy on me a sinner…well, you know, not that bad. Just pretty bad. You know, not like the hypocrites and adulterers, nothing like that. Stuff you can get past, Lord, I mean, you are famous for that…”

Surely, knowing the blessings we have been given and knowing how many have been given less, the whole point is moot. We return not a fraction of what we’re given. We deserve nothing like what we need. We go before God impoverished, and as unprofitable servants. As long as we don’t prefer impoverishment to riches, where does this question even lead?


#10

We can’t go backward, but Catholicism gives us the wonderful sacrament of Reconciliation and we can be forgiven.

All of us are sinners but all of us have access to the forgiveness and mercy of Christ.

So, whatever you’ve done before, if you are following Christ now, you certainly have the right to call yourself a Catholic.


#11

I like to think of it as more of a priviledge.


#12

I need reconciliation, bad.:thumbsup:


#13

Nope not at all - That is, unless you have since repented but now look down on and demean others who are currently doing what you did and expect their spiritual development to be equally paced to your own, instead of praying they get the grace to eventually change like you recieved.


#14

Then go! Get thee to confession!


#15

The Catechism of the Catholic Church allows for divorce if it is necessary to protect the assets or the children.
Please see CCD #:
**2383 **The *separation *of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law.

If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be tolerated and does not constitute a moral offense.

If someone receives an nullity of marriage it means that there WAS NO SACRAMENTAL MARRIAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE…therefore they ARE free to marry (not re-marry, you cannot remarry if you were never married).

If you committed sins but have repented, received the graces of the Sacrament of Reconcilliation and now try on a daily basis to live according to the teachings of the Holy Mother Church you are in communion with Rome and I would consider you a devout Catholic. If you do not feel comfortable refering to yourself in that manner then I would consider you a humble, devout Catholic.


#16

Definitely.:thumbsup:


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