I participate in a Protestant message board. There is a really wonderful, kind non-denominational Protestant who posts there. This person attends a Catholic Church at college and recently posted this:
There’s absolutely some confusion here. http://bibleforums.org/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif When a Catholic commits “mortal sin”, which is defined as “A sin, such as murder or blasphemy, that is so heinous it deprives the soul of sanctifying grace and causes damnation if unpardoned at the time of death.” (dictionary.com) – even though I DON’T agree that nothing is too big to be forgiven, that’s the key word here: forgiven. When Catholics sin, just like anyone else, they ask God, through Jesus Christ, to forgive them. And many believe that if one sins before death and it goes unforgiven, there’s reason for punishment/atonement. But not all believe that. That’s where you’ve got to separate Rome from the Catholics themselves. The kind of Catholocism preached here in upper North America is REMARKABLY “light” on even talking ABOUT mortal sin at all.
After attending Mass and Liturgy of the word at this particular Catholic Church this person is now under the impression that there are different “kinds” of Catholicism just like there are different kinds of Protestatism and that it’s perfectly OK if people don’t believe what the Church teaches. In fact “you’ve got to separate Rome from the Catholics themselves.” as though the two really have nothing to do with one another.
That really, really saddens me. What is the solution to rampent cafeteria Catholicism?