The Catholic Church’s Teaching Authority and Man’s Opinion

One of the presidential candidates that identifies as a Catholic said they believe the Church is wrong on abortion.

Many Catholics that are pro-choice mirror this same kind of reasoning.
However, Church teaching on corporal works of mercy, perhaps many of these same people will look the other way and accept what is said.

This is strange because essentially people are embracing cafeteria Christianity. You can’t cherry pick when the Church is right and wrong. You run the risk of creating arbitrary standards of truth on matters of faith and morals. In addition, this is inconsistent with the nature of truth. Truth has to be valid at all times!

What the question REALLY boils down to is this: Does the Catholic Church teach on matters of faith and morality without error?

If “yes” then you owe Christ’s Church your submission.

If you say “no”, then you make Jesus a liar in John 14 when he promised that the Holy Spirit would be with them (apostles) always (16), teach them all things and remember Christ’s words (26).

If you say a measly “sometimes”, you’re still making Jesus out to be a liar. You just added “sometimes” to give Divine Revelation meager credibility.

Before he ascended, Jesus commissioned the twelve to teach the world to obey all the commandments (Matt. 28:18-20).

News flash: the Commandments are matters of faith and the moral law!

Moreover, the same mission Jesus received for his ministry work, he commissioned the twelve to do. Jesus came teaching, preaching, and forgiving with God’s error-free authority, so the disciples would be servants and continue protecting and teaching the deposit of faith.

Christianity wasn’t supposed to do when the Apostles died. Apostolic authority was transferred to the apostle’s successors (Bishops) in the early Church. They entrusted the deposit of faith to those who would care for sacred teachings. Hence, why the Fathers are called, “Witnesses and guarantors of authentic Catholic Tradition.”

In sum, what the Apostles gave to their successors carried error-free authority. It had authority in 70 AD, 1517 AD, and still holds authority today.

Furthermore, the Catholic Church, from first-century ancient documents such as the Didache, has always been against abortion. The matter of taking an innocent life is not capable of being altered. This goes against the fifth commandment which prohibits unjustly taking an innocent human’s life. This issue is both a matter of faith and morality.

In all, the candidate’s remarks are just another example of moral relativism that’s pervasive among pro-choice Catholics. It’s unfortunate but this is pertinent information faithful Catholics should know regarding why the Church has authority and why we owe it our fidelity!

Quote pulled from

Congregation for Catholic Education, Instruction Inspectis dierum, “On the Study of the Fathers of the Church in the Formation of Priests” (1989) [Origins 19:34 (January 25, 1990) 549-561*]

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2 comments

  1. Honestly, I don’t know that the professed Catholic believes or doesn’t believe the Church teachings any more than I know that the professed Pro-Life politician believes in the morality of the issue. I think both are just pandering for votes. That’s the trouble with politics. We vote for someone whose policies we agree with in one way, but the life they live is not in line with ours. Politics cannot and should not rule our faith. Politics are worldly. Only. Period. Faith is other-worldly. Always. Never faltering. I’m not disputing your claims of moral relativism. It’s dangerous. Unfortunately, however, it goes both ways and stands on both sides. Peace Ephram. Always enjoy reading your wisdom. Thanks.

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    • This comment was like fresh air! I enjoyed it. I absolutely hate pandering. I also hate that abortion or moral issues are associated with one party but the lives of those don’t square up with living a transformed life of Jesus Christ. I hate that abortion has become politicized. I wish the culture and government would value the dignity of life without hash rhetoric and phony supportive politicians. In my opinion, both of these take away from, to quote Don Henley, the “heart of the matter” which is the transcendent principle of not doing unjust harm to the innocent.

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