Crayons and Catholicism

Thoughts from a Catholic pre-service elementary teacher

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

While instant messaging a Catholic friend of mine, he told me about Chick Publications, a publisher of blatantly anti-Catholic comic strips. I looked at their site, and was literally sickened. How could such a horrible attack be waged against fellow Christians, in the name of Christ?! It truly breaks my heart to see others so intolerant of a faith that they don't understand. I have been actively examening my Christian faith as a Catholic for about three years now and I am still barely scratching the surface of a rich faith experience. I do not know everything about the faith and never will. God is simply too big for our minds to fully contain. But I do know this: Church teaching comes from sacred Scripture, logic, and our rich apostolic heritage as believers. Please, take the time to learn and be open to understanding the Church before you cut it down before others. Catholics are Christian. Every Sunday at Mass, we recite the following. It is called The Nicene Creed.

http://www.kencollins.com/why-07.htm has this to say about the creed (go to the website if you'd like to learn more): "The Nicene Creed was formulated at the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in AD 325 to combat Arianism, and it was expanded at the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in AD 381 to balance its coverage of the Trinity by including the Holy Spirit. It is the only creed that was promulgated by any of the seven ecumenical councils and thus it is the only creed that is truly ecumenical and universal. In the Orthodox Church, it is the only creed.
The New Testament and the Nicene Creed are deeply entangled with each other. The wording and the concepts in the Nicene Creed come from the New Testament—in fact, one of the most important debates at the Council of Nicea concerned whether it is proper to include a word in the Nicene Creed that does not occur in the New Testament. On the other hand, at the time that the Church issued the official canon of the New Testament, it customarily compared writings to the Nicene Creed to determine if they were orthodox. So you are correct if you say that the Nicene Creed proceeds from the New Testament, and you are correct if you say that the New Testament is certified by the Nicene Creed.
To put it more precisely, the Nicene Creed and the canon of the New Testament were formed together as part of the same process." Also, catholic, as it is used here simply means universal. It refers to the the one church of believers that Christ came to build.


The Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

11 Comments:

  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger Zahra said…

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  • At 7:23 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    FYI, the post was some kinda advertising for software something or other...

     
  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger John Jackson said…

    Heather I know exactly what you mean. As a Protestant, it grieves me when my fellow Protestants are so negative towards Catholics. I am truly sorry for any hurt feelings that you or your friends may have suffered, and I pray that one day we can truly live like we are, as the old hymn proclaims, "One in hope and doctrine, one in charity". Fortunately though, I know that we will live together like that when Christ returns.

     
  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Jonathan said…

    I understand this feeling. I was Catholic for 9 years, and was lightly persecuted for that for a while. When I decided to become a seeker of truth and moved to College Station, I really started to "catch hell", if you'll pardon the expression. This has led me to a personal maxim about people in general: "A closed mind is a weak mind."
    Now, rather than get angry, I have compassion, and maybe some pity for my fellow humans. It makes it much harder for them to upset me. Yay!

     
  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger John Jackson said…

    The irony about many of the most anti-Catholic folks that I've known, is that they are also, in other ways, some of the most Christian people I've ever known. These are, otherwise, great Christian brothers, but all of their reason and sensibility seems to go right out the window when it comes to how they deal with Catholics.

     
  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    In all fairness,it is sometimes Catholics who contribute to misunderstanding. We dont always know the meaning behind what we do, we think asking questions = doubt= not being a "good Christian"
    We sometimes just go through the motions of what we've always done and dont think about what we are proclaiming when we do them, what an opportunity those things offer us to actively experience our faith.

     
  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Oh, and John, no need for you to apologize, i dont hold u responsible for the actions or thoughts of others just because they are the same religion as you.

     
  • At 12:43 PM, Blogger John Jackson said…

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  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger John Jackson said…

    Well I know, but I regret that you, a dear friend, had to go through having your faith mocked by a fellow believer. Debate is one thing, we can learn and grow through debate, but mockery and gaffeing are quite another. Ephesians 4:29 well applies here when it says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." I confess that I have not been faithful in my own speech to obey what Paul commands.
    I think that every denomination, Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox could be doing some things better though. In Heaven though, it will all be worked out. I cannot help but be reminded of something that Peter Kreeft said in his little book, "Your Questions, Gods Answers", that "in Heaven, Protestants will teach Catholics how to sing their great hymns, and Catholics will teach Protestants how to paint their great works of art." (I may be paraphrasing a bit, but hopefully you get the jist of what he's saying)

     
  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger William Roper III said…

    Heather,

    I certainly share your frustration with Chick but I don't think your response is quite adequate. I've posted at length on this on my own blog.

     
  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    My very intelligent friend Jason has more to say about this topic on his blog, http://www.jasonandrewc.blogspot.com

     

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