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Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: The Truth.



Following a recent discussion on our Facebook page I thought it might be useful to draft up a short note on our Catholic faith and homosexuality.  It is intentionally brief.  For a more in-depth article on the matter pleaseclick this link.

 
Our Catholic faith tells us that homosexual acts are wrong. I think it's hard for us to hear this in such an abrupt way in today's world but this is what we are taught by faith. The reason such acts are wrong is that God has ordered us male and female for the authentic union that is marriage between man and woman and to be completely open to the precious gift of new life.

Why does the Catholic Church not ordain women as priests? Here's seven good reasons why not...

Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
 
The seven reasons are:
 
1. The Church has definitively declared it
 
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
 
3. The attitude of Christ
 
4. The practice of the Apostles
 
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
 
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ

Join in the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Receive the Graces Necessary for Salvation

 
The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is an incredibly rich, and ultimately rewarding, devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary. 
 
Please try to participate in this most incredible act of devotion and allow Jesus to pour his abundant graces upon you.
 

Fifteen things to know about Lent

 
What is Lent?  What are the rules for fasting during Lent?  Do you need to give up something for Lent?  Are you allowed instrumental music during Mass through Lent?
 
These are all questions ably answered by Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin in his great blog. 
 
Click here to learn 'Nine things you need to know about Lent':http://jimmyakin.com/2015/02/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-lent-2.html
 
Click here to learn 'Six liturgical no-no's during Lent':

Former Anglican priest reveals why he believes the Catholic Church is the only true Church

 
There are many wonderful stories of people converting to the Catholic faith and there are many reasons why people do this.  But for one Anglican priest it was the concept of authority which most influenced his decision to convert; for he found that only the Catholic Church had the authority of Christ. 
 
In his conversion story Father Dwight Longenecker reveals how the question of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church led him to a real consideration of authority in the Church and that this ultimately led him to understand and accept the authority of the Catholic Church.

Is Confession in Scripture?

 
Have you ever thought it is easier to simply say sorry to God yourself and that this is enough to absolve you from your sins?  Why should you need to go to a priest when you can speak directly to Jesus and ask for forgiveness?
 
The answer is in Sacred Scripture and it is probably clearer than you think.  Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers, has tackled this very issue head on and provides us with a detailed scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the need for priestly participation.

Hail Mary, Conceived Without Sin

 
Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation Tim Staples takes a fascinating look at the beautiful teaching that Mary was conceived without sin and considers the various links between the Old and New Testament with respect to our Blessed Mother.
 
 
 

Pope Francis on the meaning of the 'Church'

 
Pope Francis, at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, spoke about the importance of the Church representing the Body of Christ and that it is we, the baptised, who make up that Church.
 
 

STOP PRESS! Pope Francis accepts Evolution and Big Bang Theory!

Well okay, so the Catholic Church has never disputed the process of evolution (provided it is not based on a materialistic and atheistic foundation) and a Belgian Catholic priest by the name of Georges Lemaitre actually penned the Big Bang Theory.  But hey, why let the facts spoil a sensational headline that's just perfectly designed to get the secular juices flowing and make the Catholic Church look like it called it wrong?
 
Here is exactly what Pope Francis had to say on 'humanity in creation' (which was the proper title of his talk at the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences):

What does the Church teach about children in marriage?

 
What is the significance of the child in a marriage?
 
A child is a creature and a gift of God, which comes to earth through the love of his parents. True love does not desire a couple to be self-contained. Love opens up in the child. A child that has been conceived and born is not something "made", nor is he the sum of his paternal and maternal genes. He is a completely new and unique creature of God, equipped with his own soul. The child therefore does not belong to the parents and is not their property.
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