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Everyone’s A Dogmatist

Catholics are well known for their dogma, or at least we used to be. But there are still a few of us around who know what the dogma of the faith is and how it is to be applied.

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When those who are faithful to the Church remind those who are not, whether intentionally or unintentionally, about those dogmas, they are often confronted as a dogmatist. “It is rude and wrong to impose your beliefs on me!” the offended person might respond. “Keep your Dogmas to yourself!” they might exclaim.

The individual who attempts to sound enlightened by stating his disbelief in dogma doesn’t effectively state it at all. Rather he affirms his belief in dogma, just not Catholic dogma.

Believing and imposing the view which one can not impose dogma, is an imposition of dogma. The individual, in trying to keep a distance from dogma reaffirms his conviction in his own dogma. By holding fast to certain beliefs and even imposing said beliefs on others, you become a dogmatist.

The secular dogmatist may claim that the Catholic dogmatist is simply repeating thoughts and ideas which were given to him by an ancient book. Meanwhile, the secular dogmatist received his thoughts and ideas from a book written by a college professor, anti-Catholic bigot or even from the nightly news. The secular dogmatist is not thinking for himself, though he may believe it, but rather he is regurgitating the same talking points which were spoon fed to him from his last choice of media consumption.

One might opine, this is all fine and dandy, but Truth reigns supreme on whether a belief is correct in it’s implementation. And seeing as God is the source of all Truth, we can rationally comprehend the dogma of a particular institution which is present on this Earth who is fully capable of establishing dogma we should all believe.

Seeing as the Catholic Church is the only authority on this planet who can determine Truth and error, it is crucial to every single soul to conform their will and their beliefs to that of Christ and His Church.

Jeff November 5, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Hating Sin and Loving Sinners

Too often we Catholics are accused of hating on the sinner. Which, is wrong. We don’t “hate the sinner” as that would go completely contradictory to that of what Jesus taught us…”love one another, as I have loved you.” We do not hate the sinner, but we love him. We hate the sin that he commits, but we ultimately must love him.

Chesterton writes:

“It [Christianity] came in startlingly with a sword, and clove one thing from another. It divided the crime from the criminal. The criminal we must forgive unto seventy times seven. The crime we must not forgive at all. It was not enough that slaves who stole wine inspired partly anger and partly kindness. We must be much more angry with theft than before, and yet much kinder to thieves than before. There was room for wrath and love to run wild.” G.K. Chesteron “Orthodoxy” p.97

We all are sinners, thus we can’t be mad at the individual, lest we be mad with ourselves. It is a trap that the Devil lays so elegantly, that when someone offends us, we jump, partly out of spite, and partly out of anger, and attack the individual. But we must be wary! This will not fly, and I know that those on the traditional side of the camp are guilty of appearing to be this way. I think that in general, it is the sin that we are upset with, but we, in our weakness, poorly explain why we are angry, and uncharitably put all blame on the sinner. This is not to say that the sinner is not at fault, because after all, when someone robs your house, you are angry with the robber for committing such a crime. But, we are called to love him, but hate his crime.

All of us must work on this. Forgive those who have offended you, especially if you want the Lord to forgive you for your offenses.

Jeff November 1, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Chesterton on Dogma

I read some G.K. Chesterton yesterday during my hour of Adoration. I saw this quote, and thought, wow, this is so true in this day and age. What the Church has taught from day one, is the same as today. What was a dogma yesterday, is still a dogma today.

“An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable to half-past three, but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century. If a man believes in unalterable natural law, he cannot believe in any miracle in any age. If a man believes in a will behind law, he can believe in any miracle in any age. Suppose, for the sake of argument, we are concerned with a case of thaumaturgic healing. A materialist of the twelfth century could not believe it any more than a materialist of the twentieth century. But a Christian Scientist of the twentieth century can believe it as much as a Christian of the twelfth century. It is simply a matter of a man’s theory of things. Therefore in dealing with any historical answer, the point is not whether it was given in our time, but whether it was given in answer to our question. And the more I thought about when and how Christianity had come into the world, the more I felt that it had actually come to answer this question.” – G.K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

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For those of you who love the Traditional Latin Mass, or really any aspect of the traditions of our faith, I would file this quote away and use it later.

Jeff October 24, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

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