I’m a couple week old Catholic, but it seems to me there’s a big liberal trend, at least in my particular Church–questioning the difference between the Church and God, if that makes sense? This in particular seems to come up regarding divorces, annulments and receiving the Eucharist regardless of where your life is in regard to past or current marriage.
Can there be a dividing line? By which we say “this is a church teaching, I don’t have to believe it to know God, they could be wrong about it” or “they are wrong about it.”
In another thread, I read this:
I would venture to say many Catholic’s do this today within the Church–just not to the extreme that Luther carried it out.
I think we are all guilty of this to some point or another as individuals. I could provide examples, but I don’t see a need.
I’m not saying Luther was right or wrong for doing what he did initially… My problem is, where do we draw the line ourselves? And where do we stop ourselves before we fall into the same “trap”?
Point is, if we say “ahh, annulment is just a way for the church to get $350, it isn’t necessary for my walk with Christ, I’m entitled to the Eucharist anyway.” Where does it stop? At what point does the Eucharist/communion become a meaningless symbol similar to what it is in most non-Catholic religions.
So brings the question, are we (the Catholic church) truly at a point of Israel at the time of Jesus–caught up in our rituals and not focusing, looking toward Christ? OR, have the people (not necessarily the Church) wrapped themselves up in debating the Church’s teaching, to the point THEY have forgot Christ, because either A) The teachers within the Church have done a frankly lousy job at educating people regarding how the Church’s practices relate to a better understanding of Christ or B) the Church’s teachings directly oppose their own beliefs or life, thereby they wish to minimize these to the point of obscurity so they create a theology around them that fits their needs?
Sorry for the long post, this has me bugged.