The Roman Catholic Church began to realize they were in trouble, because Martin Luther’s mission to expose the church 's . He said what many people within the church were thinking. The Roman Catholic Church’s faults became impossible to hide and they struggled to keep members. Overall, Martin Luther pointed out the faults of the church and then explained what he believes; he created a movement to end the corruption of the Catholic Church. His belief of having a relationship with god versus developing a relationship with God through a priest made people feel that they could have control over their religious beliefs.
But living in a modern pasture the relationship between the two had changed. Mr. Houston fellow students, “What were the reasons for the decline of Catholicism in America since 1945”, this has been the topic of my research for the previous three terms. The previous analogy, although being far fetched, if you put it into perspective outlines my opinion on the development of Catholicism since 1945 to the present day. That initially we followed the Catholic Church unquestionably and devoutly, mass on Sundays, fish on Fridays (etc). But as society modernized and became increasingly secular in education, the media and politics, people began to question some of the church teachings and the church authorities.
This article is one of the few analytical views of a series of controversial interviews by Pope Francis after his election as the first Non-European pope in 1300 years, and is a public entreaty to rekindle the spiritual dimension of the Church. The Church at present is resigned to worldly temptations, lust for power and the Church’s real mission of serving the poor and needy through a path of Catholic austerity is clearly diluted over time. St. Francis’s papacy has been about advocating for the needs for a poor Church that is dedicated to the poor and is a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty. “Journalists have described Francis "the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man” (Pope Francis: 'I would love a church that is poor, Mar. 16, 2013, Joshua J. McElwee).
He holds many of the beliefs that his predecessor held. Cardinal Ratzinger holds that Roman Catholicism is the one “true” religion and he does not believe in same sex marriage, or women priests, and stem cell research. Because of his conservative beliefs, Cardinal Ratzinger has alienated many liberal Roman Catholics here in America and in parts of Europe. For these reasons the Roman Catholic Church in Europe might see a steep decline because the new Pope views them as a morally decaying society in what is already a Roman Catholic declining society. To be fair, the author of the article talks a little about the new Pope’s youth.
In the world today, sometimes being a Catholic is hard. We get criticized for our views. Since starting Diaconate formation, one main question always gets asked, “Why are you doing this?” It seems like honesty, loyalty, and integrity are out- of- place in today’s world. The world has become a place where thinking about what is good for others is being replaced by individualism. There is a constant thought of “What is in it for me?” We cannot grow this way.
I asked him what does he thinks about same sex marriage and or relationships. He replied to that question with a smile and saying, “I believe that those persons are really confused, they are acting against the will of God and in an unnatural way.” After that question I asked him about the new ideology that Pope Francis is trying to apply to the Catholic Church. The one that said that we need to accept every human being. And he replied “Changes always implicate risks, I believe that Pope Francis assume a high risk saying that we need to accept everyone no matter if they like boys or like girls. He also created an enormous debate inside the Catholic Church, because many of us did not knew how to interpret his words.” After those two questions I asked him if he would welcome a gay couple to his temple, to what he replied “Of course I would, we all need to find our way to salvation, and if they are trying to get close to God I would welcome them in my temple.
Augustine and the Early Church Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown Live Oak Public Library, STACKS 270.2 BROW Q5. In Augustine’s unfailing attempt to fight the heresies that plagued the early church, he realized that much of his colleagues and congregation lived by unquestioned faith in the Catholic Church. He also realized that this left them without a strong foundation for which they believed. (Brown, 354) His contributions to the written theological doctrines of Catholicism helped to strengthen the Church’s authority on controversial topics. Due to the lack of clearly written doctrines, ideas such as Pelagianism had filtered into the church through philosophies taught by seemingly earnest men.
Rising nationalism, the Western Schism, and even new philosophies arising from the renaissance were contributing factors. But on October 31, 1517 every event prior seemed less significant. On this date, Martin Luther nailed a paper listing ninety-five theses, all magnifying problems within the Catholic Church. This was the birth of the protestant reformation, a major blow to the Catholic Church and her followers. This drove the church to make many in-house adjustments, from religious orders to political influences of the church, reworking the framework of the traditional Mass itself and even restructuring many in house positions.
Dwyer also seeks a general modernization of the conduct of Church business and decision-making, such as a more open and democratic process, and one that seeks input from all concerned parties and arrives at its decrees more by consensus than by fiat. In his descriptions of each of the Popes that he covers in this history, they are judged on how well or poorly they succeed in working towards these goals for the growth and improvement of the Church in the two centuries leading up to our time. On the eve of the French Revolution, "the Papal States had become an obstacle to the independence and universality of the papacy, but the Popes of the time were utterly unaware of this". The problem of with the Papal States was that they involved the Popes "incessantly in internal Italian political squabbles" and made their relationship to the Catholic powers... ... middle of paper ... ...n an overall trend towards the kind of world view taken for granted by much of the West in the 21st century. The moves towards social justice and equality of the 19th century are tracked slowly and reluctantly by the Church, until the centralized power of the Pope is weakened to the point that it becomes impossible not to recognize that the real power of Catholicism lay outside the immediate grip of the Vatican.
The Protestants believed in that one is saved by God’s grace and not by works. Moreover, the Protestants first peacefully talked about the problems in the Church but the Church were ignorant and did not want to respond to the Protestants. However, the Roman Catholic Church sought to seek out the reason why many individuals were leaving the Ch... ... middle of paper ... ...d Europe and Asia to share the Catholic faith to everyone who was willing to hear them speak. The most dominant change that the Roman Catholic Church made was the establishment of Jesuit schools. The Jesuit schools organized catechism classes in Italy in the early sixteenth century and taught kids about the fundamentals of the Catholic Church.