Um…art and saints and the glory of God…yeah
No, the Catholic Church teaches that Jesus is Mary’s only son, and that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. It asserts that the “brothers and sisters” of Jesus mentioned in the New Testament are either Joseph’s children from an earlier marriage, or Jesus’ cousins.
No, Jesus would not have supported same-sex “marriage” because he clearly reiterated the definition of marriage as found in the Old Testament, that marriage is the lifelong, mutually exclusive union of a man and a woman that is oriented toward the bearing and rearing of children. This has also been the consistent teaching of the Catholic Church throughout its history.
Maybe not so happy after all…
Although Catholic teaching recognizes that under extreme circumstances capital punishment may be permissible, these circumstances are very, very rare in today’s world. Only when the community has no other way to prevent serious harm than executing the would-be perpetrator can the death penalty be permitted. In the United States today, where incarceration or other means can effectively neutralize such a threat, the death penalty cannot be justified. (See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2266-7.) Thus Catholic voices have been prominent in denouncing this cruel and dehumanizing form of punishment.
Catholics do not believe in a fatalistic concept of destiny, because we believe that God created us as free and intelligent beings who are responsible for our actions. God does not leave us on our own, however, and the Church teaches that God, by his Providence, “guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end.”
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If you’re a member of an organization, you may have had to go through certain initiation rites. These are rituals that help you learn about the organization, grow deeper in relationship with others in the group, and commit yourself to membership.
The Catholic Church has rituals of initiation as well — three sacraments that impart God’s grace on us in the early days of forming our commitment to the Church.
Pope Benedict XVI during his catechesis at the General Audience on June 13, 2012
The OK Go Needing/Getting video, in case you haven’t seen it by now
An Everglades airboat captain made a series of bad decisions. The first was feeding an alligator a fish by hanging it over the side of the boat. The second was patting the water after the nine-foot alligator took the fish to try to rile the alligator to return. The water-patting incident ended with him one-handed-dialing 911. He stayed calm while rescuers came to collect him. They also killed the alligator and removed the hand from its stomach to try to reattach it. And now the one-handed airboat captain may face up to two years in prison and a hefty fine for feeding and harassing alligators. That’s a rough day at work.