I was raised in a Catholic family, and went to a Jesuit university, so I have attended a fair number of Catholic masses, and though I do not consider myself a Catholic (for reasons to be discussed momentarily), I’ve known a great many people who do.
One of the things I find interesting about Catholosism is the central authority figure. Instead of letting each priest/bishop decide what he views divine policy to be, there is a set standard that all must adhere to.
What this means is, as you all obviously know, there are a list of things that you must believe to be a Catholic.
The problem I have is that many people who claim to be Catholic don’t believe 100% of church doctorine, and that that is permitted in an attempt to get a wider following. For myself, I agree with most of it, but even if I were 99.99% in agreement, that still means I disagree on one point, which means I think the Papacy is wrong (or, to be more accurate, not essentially right), which means that I am not a Catholic.
But I have never heard a sermon by a priest in which he called out these people, and I’ve wondered if anyone else has?
Shouldn’t a priest get up and say to the congregation “If you don’t believe that saints grant miracles, then get out now. If you don’t believe that condoms are sinful, get out now. If you don’t believe that every person you know, who follows any other faith is going to suffer eternally while you live in bliss, then get out. We don’t want your money, and we don’t want your moral relativism. Leave.”
So my question is twofold:
1: Has anyone heard a sermon in which the priest was intentionally beligerant to confront people that they have to believe 100% of the doctorine or they aren’t Catholic?
2: Would anyone actually want such a sermon, if it led to smaller congregations that actually believed the doctorine instead of larger congregations that pick and choose what they follow, diluting the faith?
I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m trolling; I don’t intend to. I am simply irked by the apathetic aproach my generation takes toward religion, adopting a title and a group identity, but without knowing what they actually believe.