I’m not sure I’m going to word this very well. I really wanted to make some kind of poll, but I think my wording of the poll would be pretty dismal.
My question targets fellow non-Catholics, but anyone, of course, is welcome to chime in.
Let me begin by saing this: The Catholic Church has rules and teachings that have been proclaimed over centuries and Catholics are required to obey the Church and believe her teachings right? It’s also my understanding that the faithful are free to interpret the Bible as long as it’s within the parameters of what the Church has already taught. If I’ve got this wrong, someone please tell me.
Some non-C’s I’m sure dislike this, saying the Catholic Church is cultish and won’t leave room for individuality and is controlling and so on and so on. But for me, I think it would be a comfort to have something so old and so established to lean on. Not everyone is a theologian. Not everyone can be a theologian. And going futher, not everyone has time to throw themselves into study of scripture, tradition, early church fathers, commentaries and all that. Some of us are just regular. Some people have children and families and demanding jobs. While I believe everyone should “excercise” spiritually, by prayer, Bible reading, etc, let’s face it, everyone can’t lock themselves away and pore over theology for 8 hours a day.
Is it a comfort to you Catholics, knowing that if you don’t have time to figure it all it, that’s okay because the Church already has? (And I say that loosely…of course nobody has figured it all out…you know what I mean). I think I would find it comforting, believing the interpretations of the Church are accurate and knowing that there are boundaries when I believe the Holy Spirit is “leading me” into some truth in my private bible reading.
Non catholics? Whatchoo think? Comforting? Horrible mind control? Something else?