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1. Attending Mass – Going to Mass isn’t just when it’s easy for you to go or on a holiday. Attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation is an obligation of Catholics. In fact, if you are Catholic, it is a sin to miss Mass unless for a valid reason. Practicing Catholics attend Mass weekly and on Holy Days of Obligation unless for a valid reason such as sickness, weather, or some extraordinary reason.
Does the internet count? Any reason it shouldn’t? [/quote:1raqq64h]
First [i:1raqq64h][b:1raqq64h]”attend”[/b:1raqq64h][/i:1raqq64h] is the wrong wording, we must [u:1raqq64h][i:1raqq64h][b:1raqq64h]”participate”[/b:1raqq64h][/i:1raqq64h][/u:1raqq64h] in the Mass.
[quote:1raqq64h]”Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.” Moreover, “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass…”.[/quote:1raqq64h]
To participate, on must receive the Holy Eucharist. I know of no way this can be done via the Internet. ” title=”Smile” />
[quote:1raqq64h] “Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin”[/quote:1raqq64h]
And grave sin is indeed mortal sin. Pope John Paul, The Great, repeated this precept in his apostolic letter Dies Domini (Observing and Celebrating the Day of the Lord, #47, 1998).
[quote:1raqq64h]I should think being a practicing human being should be enough for someone to be pro-life. To me it’s just one of those obvious things, like pro-food and pro-swimming pools.[/quote:1raqq64h]
If I understand you comment correctly, then no it is not obvious. If it were, there would be no debate. This is why one must open declare and support this belief. To me it is obvious that Pro-Choice = Pro Murder. That is because I, and practicing Catholics, believe that life starts at conception.
[quote:1raqq64h]I take issue with this. Many people love to say that, and I feel it’s a cop-out. Humans should be judging each other on a daily basis. This Earth can only be a better place if one man judges another man foolish for obviously foolish things like stealing, drugs, and driving hybrids in the fast lane.[/quote:1raqq64h]
Dave we cannot succumb to self interpretation of our belief. There has been almost 2000 years of scholarly work done on our Faith and why we know these thing to be true. Further, we can trace ourselves directly to the Apostles, hence, the Church has authority to teach us these truths. We do not have authority to reinterpret or self interpret outside of Church teaching. We must believe:
[quote:1raqq64h] 3 … “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, 3 you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [/quote:1raqq64h]
In other words our faith must be that of a child. I offer this to you as why we cannot judge as you suggest:
[quote:1raqq64h] 1 “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. 2 For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. 3 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? 5 You hypocrite, 3 remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.[/quote:1raqq64h]