Catholic Faith in USA

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Catholic Faith in USA


Atty. Braulio Tansinsin, a reader, shares his comments and observations about Catholicism after a month-long visit to the USA.* * *He writes: "Most Americans disapprove of gay marriages. Some Africans threatened even to kill gays, according to one news item."Watching the TV program EWTN, I find it very fascinating that former Protestants (also Christians), including priests, pastors, and their wives who have become Catholics, are defending the Catholic faith and doctrines in the media.* * *"In the Philippines, Catholics are shedding their faith like their clothes when they transfer to the Born-Again movements."A convert pastor, who is not among the mainstream Christians, even once said, that their churches are very cold. This is because they only have the Biblical presence of Jesus there.* * *"However in the Catholic churches, we have both the Biblical presence and the Eucharistic presence."We see this emphasized at the Sto. Espiritu Church at corner Tayuman and Rizal Ave. where both the big Bible and the Tabernacle are placed near the altar.* * *"Maybe, some Catholic religion and theology teachers/professors failed to properly drill Catholic students on their faith, so that, when they are now questioned on some doctrines, they believe that Catholicism is a mistake.* * *"Some of my classmates from Ateneo are now Protestant pastors, they got very good grades in Religion and Theology. Sad to say, they just parroted the answer in their exams like the parable of the seeds."Maybe also, many Filipino Catholic priest are very much aloof and hardly communicate with their parishioners, who do not even know the names of their shepherds.* * *"I saw a student coming to the sacristy to ask for the name of the priest who had just celebrated Mass, as ordered by his religion teacher. Why do most Filipino priest refuse to allow lectors to tell their names to the people?* * *"In the USA, before the Mass, most parish priests and their assistants interact with their parishioners before they start the procession from the main door to the altar to celebrate Mass.

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