Cafeteria Catholicism

I came across this article yesterday on and would like to share it with you.  I think the author did a great job of laying out clearly the argument against picking and choosing what we believe about the teachings of the Church.  The piece is thought provoking and I encourage you to reflect, as I have, on this important message.

Cafeteria Catholicism By Fr. John Bullock, LC

It’s not uncommon to encounter Catholics, often public figures, who maintain that they are Catholics in good standing while publicly disagreeing with numerous teachings of the Church.   Issues they frequently mention include:  abortion, same – sex marriage, contraception and embryonic stem cell research.  

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  1. Randy,

    I was unable to read the article as is down at the moment.

    In addition to the obvious dissent from Church teaching, I would suggest there is a form of “cafeteria catholicism” in our moral life that may not be as obvious as the “big ticket” items like birth control, etc. I thinking of the Greatest Commandment and the second which is like it. Do we love God with everything we have and are? Do we truly follow the golden rule? Do we truly die each day to the world and grow in holiness and the spiritual life? It would be interesting to hear others’ thoughts.

    Deacon Mike

  2. The link is working now! I think this is a common problem and I encounter it often. It is easy (and prideful) to think we can pick and choose what the Church offers and teaches us. The Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church…the Church founded by Jesus Christ. As faithful Catholics we should truly understand our faith, ask questions out of a desire to learn, but also be obedient when it comes to doctrine.

    God bless-


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