Is it possible to be a believing Catholic yet disobey the teaching authority of the church?

Questions (from a reader):

  1. An FB friend posted online: ‘I don’t have any problem’s with God, just his fan club.’  He reacted to the news about the CBCP being against the anti-discrimination bill.  I think the question is: Would you need the Church (by extension, trust, and obedience to its bishops) to be a Catholic and believe in God?

Response:

In his Rules for Thinking, Judging, and Feeling with the Church, St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote:

The Thirteenth Rule. To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What I see as white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, his Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls. For it is by the same Spirit and Lord of ours who gave the ten commandments that our holy Mother Church is guided and governed.

The hierarchical church–pope, bishops, and priests–received its ministry from the apostles through a succession of laying of hands (ordination).  Jesus said to his 72 disciples whom he sent to all of Israel: “Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me” (Lk 10:16).  Such is the authority of those whom Christ sent.  An ambassador of the king represents the king and bears his word.  If you reject the word of the king’s ambassador, you reject the king.  In the same way, since the priests, bishops, and pope are the ambassadors of Christ our King, if we don’t listen to them, we also do not listen to Christ, thereby rejecting him and the one who sent Him (the Father).  Thus, it is impossible to be Catholic and not to listen to the Church.

It would be well to reread the Catechism regarding the faithful’s assent of faith to the Church’s Magisterium or Teaching Authority:

891 “The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council.418 When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,”419 and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.”420 This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.421

892 Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a “definitive manner,” they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful “are to adhere to it with religious assent”422 which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it.

 

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A vision of the future Philippines when the Anti-Discrimination Bill becomes a law

The homosexual lobby groups will never rest until they turn this country into a Sodom and Gomorrah.  The first wave of attack is by LADLAD to have itself listed as a Party of LGBTQ; COMELEC repulsed the attack on moral grounds.  Now, they make another attack by seeking to have an Anti-Discrimination Law into place that protects the LGBTQ.  May God rebuke them: “Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled!” (Job 38:11).

Homosexuality is a psychological disorder, a delusion.  God created human beings male and female.  Being male and female is an objective reality.  Even if a man cuts off his penis and a woman cuts off her breasts, the reproductive systems inside their bodies remain unchanged.   Homosexuality is a lie concocted by the Serpent in defiance of God: you shall be like gods who can define what is male and female.

What will happen to our country when this Anti-Discrimination Bill becomes a law?  I shall list down several scenarios.  Many of these are already happening in other countries.

  1. Seminaries shall close for refusing to accept gay seminarians. (A new Vatican directive requires vocation directors to reject seminarians with homosexual tendencies.)
  2. The military will be emasculated.  (Feminists have already successfully cut-off the penis of the lion in an army’s heraldric symbol).
  3. Bibles will be burned as hate speech.
  4. The Pope will be persecuted as the no. 1 homophobe.
  5. Children’s textbooks about Kings and Queens, princes and princesses, will be replaced by Kings and Kings, princes and princes–and they live happily ever and after.
  6. In the school’s’ values education classes, students will be taught the advantages of homosexual love and love-making, with actual demonstration. If sex education is allowed in schools, why not homosexual sex education?
  7. Songs praising homosexuality will increase in number. “Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae May mga babaeng manloloko Pineperahan lang kami Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin Masarap magmahal ang bakla Ohh kay sarap… damhin.”  (“We are only do-nothing bystanders  tired of women, women who are cheaters, who only get money from us.  That is why from now on, a gay is what I shall love.  It is satisfying to love a gay.  Ohh, how satisfying…to feel.”
  8. You cannot anymore say “Father” and “Mother” to priests and nuns.
  9. You cannot write “Father” and “Mother” in official documents.  You must write “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”.  (This was one consequence of same-sex marriage.)
  10. In birth certificates, the infant will not be labeled as “male” or “female”, but “to be determined at the age of discretion”.
  11. The words “Sons” and “daughters” will not be allowed.  You must say “children”
  12. There will only be one comfort room for boys and girls.  Or better: boys can go to female toilets and girls can go to male toilets.
  13. Girls will join the Boy Scouts and boys will join the Girl scouts. (This was a news item in Makati)
  14. The pronoun “he” and “she” will be replaced by another pronoun (see Psychology journals).

You can add more.