, +Jake Yde
- Thanks for your comments which hopefully were able to shed some light on Catholic beliefs.
I don't understand how people can say that the Vatican has done anything wrong in this instance.+Mike Elgan
(or anyone else), I may be a bit of a lay person when it comes to theology, so please feel free to correct me if I get this wrong but the Catholic church is the only Christian church that has been around since Jesus' time.
It follows the teachings of Jesus and the Bible. It does not, will not and cannot change these beliefs in order to be popular with the masses.
Catholics can't pick and choose which teachings of the church are correct.
Now, as has been mentioned there are numerous other denominations of Christianity, some 30,000 or maybe more! And sure, the Nuns who don't believe Catholic doctrine can and probably should leave the Catholic church and join another denomination, or start their own. But I don't think I've come across the idea of denominations in the Bible. It all seems to point to one church, the Catholic church.
Here is my take on some of the questions that came up in the comments... Please let me know if I missed anything and I'll try to answer.What would Jesus do?
Jesus taught us about love. When questioned about the greatest commandment he answered:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'".Why can't women become priests?
Because Jesus' apostles were all men, and the church follows His teachings.
"The Lord Jesus chose men to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible."Why does the church want Nuns to help fight abortion and same-sex marriage?
These are big issues that Catholics and I would think most, if not all, Christians feel strongly about. Both of them are popular ideas, and they are a threat to people becoming saints.
Abortion is seen as "pro-choice". It is the mother's body and it is her choice.
The Catholic church is "pro-life". God knows you even before you were conceived by your parents, by having an abortion the mother is ending the life of her child - a human person. Remember, "Love your neighbour as yourself"?
Same-sex marriage is seen as an equal rights issue, and I suppose it is. Catholics believe that God created marriage, and it is created between a man and a woman.
Further to this, homosexual acts are presented as sinful throughout the Bible. The Catholic church wants all people to become saints. Therefore, endorsing same-sex marriage is contradictory to Catholic beliefs.
One more thing I would like to add. For Catholics, becoming a priest or nun is about serving others. It is not about power.