Re: Topic 4 DQ 1
Catholicism surprises me by observing confirmation rituals, taking sacraments each church service, and appointing cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and priests by the pope. I expected sacraments to be taken during holy communion sessions, often observed once a year. However, Catholics take sacraments each church service to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Hemeyer, 2016). Pope appoints even the lowest religious leaders in catholic churches. I hoped that cardinals, archbishops, and bishops could be authorized to appoint priests as they have close interactions with them (Cavendish, 2007). Cardinals, archbishops, and bishops have a better understanding of the administrative areas that priests will be in charge of than the pope. The confirmation ritual signifies the spiritual growth of Catholics (Cavendish, 2007). I am surprised how they determine a Catholic has grown spiritually as only God knows an individual’s spiritual growth. Therefore, I am surprised with appointments made by the pope, observance of confirmation rituals, and taking of sacraments each church service.
Cavendish, J. (2007). The sociological study of American Catholicism: Past, present and future. In A. Blasi, American Sociology of Religion: Histories Religion and the Social Order. BRILL.
Hemeyer, J. (2016). Religion in America (7th ed.). Routledge.
Research distinctive Catholic beliefs and practices and complete the chart below with your
findings. You may use bullet points.
They believe in Sacraments to receive the power or blessings of Christ.
They believe the bible is the word of God.
That their Church and teaching derive from Christianity.
They believe that human creation began with, “Adam & Eve.”
Respect for human life
The use of the sacrament.
To have faith and hope
Learn scripture and tradition
Catholics make up about ¼ of the religious population
Catholicism came from Europe
They fleed Europe due to Henry the VIII persecution
Initially, while the U.S. was primarily colonies, being a catholic was prohibited.