today’s world, in which religious tolerance is spoken about by so many different groups (though not all) as a universal value. Sometimes we can confuse openness and respect for believers in other religious with the sin of religious indifference Religious indifference can consist either in ignoring the authentic demands of religion, or in believing that all religions are the same. This question is also a good one because it shows the connection between doctrine and practice. What we believe about God, ourselves, and the world affects how we behave and the choices we make. So let’s start by clarifying the doctrine a bit, and then finish with some comments on the practical side
Why not? Because some of the teachings of other religions are false, and some are true. Those that are false cannot be integrated into Catholic spirituality, and those that are true are already in it.
Beautifully and succinctly put.
what do you mean by intergrating the teachings of other religions? what teachings?
Christianity in Its fullness, operates on absolute / objective truths. There are the “Thou shall” and the “Thou shall nots”.
In the fullness of Truth, Christianity has a narrow path of truth concerning moral issues: chastity, blessed marriage covenants, contraception, the sanctity of life, murder of the innocents, non celibate same sex attraction, euthanasia, ethical use of science, etc.
Specifically, in Christian countries, when men and women rebel against these absolute truths, they must find a god and a worship service that honors their own belief system, the god that they can follow.
The unfortuneate thing today, are the “blind guide” churches who label themselves “Christian” and yet do not follow Sacred Scripture’s teaching on moral issues.
lets see. we have the Eucharist, the fullness of the Gospel, meditative disciplines like the rosary, chaplet of divine mercy etc. we have convents and monasteries for those who want a monastic life. we have authority in the magesterium, set up by Jesus Christ. i can go on and on. what seems to be lacking in the Catholic Church that needs to be added from different traditions? absolutely nothing. we have the bible and tradition. one solid deposit of faith. as believers we are not poor. we have every thing we need. Peace
[quote=skyvia;]today’s world, in which religious tolerance is spoken about by so many different groups (though not all) as a universal value.
Voudon and Santaria are probably the best two object lessons in why one should not incorporate, or integrate either the teachings or the practices of other religions into the Catholic church.
JBlake answer seems to be the most exact reason of why not. Though in the past this wasn’t always the case. Take for instance the way in which we have Christianized certain holy days. For example Christmas. That happens to coincide with the shortest day of the year and was a way to convert pagans who celebrate a holy day at the same time. Though admittedly I forgot what its name was.
Why would one want to add man-made religion (Protestant, non-Catholic) to God-made religion (Catholicism)? Why would one add imperfection to perfection?
“Christianizing” certain pagan feast days is not integrating the pagan religion into the Catholic religion. Just the opposite. It is turning the pagan away from false worship and pointing him to the truth. The date chosen for Christmas (as we apparently don’t know the exact day of Jesus’ birth) was the Winter solstice (or close). The days begin to grow longer; the light begins to grow stronger as Christ enters the world. It is very meaningful and beautiful. If you had to pick a day, not knowing the actual day, what better day to choose? The same can be said for Easter (Spring Solstice) when life begins to grow again after the cold and seemingly dead winter; a resurrection of sorts. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. We do not worship the “god of spring” for instance, but rather Jesus Christ who rose from the dead.
No, integrating the teachings of other religions into Catholicism is not a good idea and completely unnecessary if you believe that the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth.
At bit of info concerning present day astronomy (Kepler’s Law of Planetary Motion), Jewish & pagan astrological labeling & possibly Daniel’s influence on Babylonian Zoroastrianism.
Using Sacred Scripture and a computerized program run on Kepler’s Law of Planetary Motion, the date December 25, 0002 BC is very possibly the date when the 3 Magi (using the Star of Bethlehem) found Mary, Jesus and Joseph.
"The “star” is hypothesized to be the planet Jupiter, which does 3 different things during 3-2 BC.
Jupiter has a rare triple conjunction with the “king” star Regulus. Jupiter than has a conjunction (more of a merge, actually) with the “Maiden-mother” planet Venus nine months later. Then five months later, Jupiter pauses and enters a backward path (retrograde motion) over Bethlehem (as seen from Jerusalem), on Dec. 25, 2 BC. This is the “3 kings day” of history."
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Kepler’s Law of planetary motion, when combined with paragraphs in Sacred Scripture will also date Christ’s death on the cross, April 3, 0033.