Posts Tagged ‘Catholicism’

Non Catholics and, sadly, some Catholics, are very adept at either purposefully or unknowingly misrepresenting a host of church customs, beliefs and traditions. 20130216-205754.jpgOf those practices most often misunderstood by non-Catholics, the sacrament of confession has got to be at the top of the list.

License to Sin?

Many non-Catholic Christians wrongly believe that the practice of confession is, in effect, a “license to sin,” effectively allowing unscrupulous Catholics to, as a close colleague of mine once put it, “rape, pillage and plunder to their hearts’ content during the week” as long as they confess it on the weekend. Catholics, for their part, often do little to correct — and much to reinforce — this notion by jovially saying things like “that’s okay; I’ll just confess it later.”

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Scripture Alone?

Every Protestant and fundamentalist Christian group outside of the Orthodox, Oriental and Catholic Churches subscribe to the belief that Holy Scripture is the sole arbiter for truth and the only authority on which teaching and doctrine can be based.

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At first blush, this makes perfect sense. Just as governments have laws and companies have policies which we must follow and for which we will be held accountable, certainly Christ’s church would have a “rule book” that we can all turn to for guidance and instruction. Obviously, there is no need for any other authority than the Bible, right?
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