The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are you a Cafeteria Catholic?

You don't hear the term "Cafeteria Catholic" floating around the Archdiocese of Nassau, but there are many who know about it and even live it.

It refers to a person who only follows the rules of the Church that he or she agrees with and let the rest go.

Hard to believe? "not at all". I too have family members who can not accept certain teachings of the Catholic Faith. I believe it could be due to the lack of continuing Education about the Faith. Many who are baptized and confirmed into the Church are done with learning the Faith more deeply thereby leaving themselves open to criticism about why we do what we do. Because they do not have the answers they will not practice what they were taught therefore they begin to believe themselves that there is no truth in the matter.

A prime item on the menu would be that of the Sacrament of Confession. Confession can be daunting for many Catholics due to fear or embarrassment due in part to a lack of proper teaching. There is a great need to educate Catholics about the importance of the sacrament so as to break down false beliefs and fears. Speaking from experience, I believe that if the Sacrament is made "readily" available and it is preached, people will use it. (TAKE THE POLL ON THIS PAGE ON "HOW OFTEN SHOULD CONFESSON BE MADE AVAILABLE")

The biggest misconception you hear about the sacrament is the idea that people need only go directly to God for forgiveness and skip the confessional. The error in this belief lies in the difference between forgiveness and absolution. Have you ever told a lie to someone and know that it was wrong and it hurts you every time you think about it. Once you tell that person the truth a burden feels like it was lifted and you feel a sense of relief. This is exactly how you feel when you leave the confessional, after having confessed the sins that you know hurt God. You actually know deep down inside that your sins were forgiven. That's the great gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Use it! it's a gift from God.

When a Catholic comes from confession, he does truly, by definition, step out into that dawn of his own beginning... in that brief ritual God has really remade him in His own image. He may be grey and gouty; but he is only five minutes old. - G. K. Chesterton

"We cannot preach forgiveness and reconciliation to others if we are not personally penetrated by it."
~ Pope Benedict XVI
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