Catholic Essay

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Leotha Fleming III Catholicism – STM 200-C Sr. Pat Doody Final Paper The Catholic Church Many people are not always liberal in thought when it comes to religious practices, beliefs, and faith. It was the great theologian Paul Tillich who wrote, “Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.” As I begin to think about Paul Tillich’s definition of being religious, I believe the Catholic Church is not yet as liberal in practice as it should be to meet the ever-changing demand of the world. Even though this maybe my opinion, I have come to the realizing that even in my faith of not being a part of the Catholic community, I do understand the meaning being the sacraments, and other doctrine. I certain believe that there is one church, and it is One, Holy, Catholic or Universal, and Apostolic. Before I continue to explain according to Higgins, I must say that even though these are the marks which describe the Catholic Church, I believe these marks should be the true definition of every church. In own opinion, there is only church and because of that this describe is what should hold us in attention to what the church ought to be. Paul even writes in Ephesians 5:27 that there is one church by writing, “a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. According to Higgins, Oneness or unity has been an ideal of the church of Christ from the very beginning. Jesus of Nazareth preached and modeled oneness with the Father as well as with one's neighbor. He extended his personal concern to all, especially those who had been excluded from ordinary human fellowship. The church is commissioned to be an effective sign of Jesus' work to unify humankind and promote peace and reconciliation.

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