Catholic Perspectives – Benedictine History – Community

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Published on November 15, 2021 |
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The identity of Saint Leo University is an outgrowth of Catholic social teaching, which insists that human institutions and relationships are founded on the recognition of the dignity of all human beings and demand social justice and economical for all; and the Catholic intellectual tradition, which celebrates the compatibility of faith and reason, which means that the university welcomes an open and free dialogue between people of different religious and intellectual traditions.

As a Benedictine Catholic University, Saint Léon reflects the Catholic faith and is open and welcoming to all.

Welcome to Catholic Insights! The purpose of this report is to answer frequently asked questions about the Catholic Church. This feature will raise awareness of the tradition of the Catholic faith here at Saint Leo University.

This month, we asked Dr. Randall Woodard, Director of the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology, and Dr. Stephen Okey, Associate Professor of Religion and Theology, a few questions to help us with this feature.

Are Catholics Christians?
Yes, Catholics are the largest denomination of Christians in the world. They trace their faith back to Jesus and the apostles who continued the mission and ministry of Jesus after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Catholics follow the teachings and example of Jesus in their lives and regard Jesus’ discipleship and community life in union with the Trinity as their goal in life.

Are Catholic Beliefs Found in the Bible?
Yes, Catholics use the Bible as their guide in life. Like all other Christians, they also use the traditions and history of their denomination to understand and interpret the Bible. Catholics use the teachings of the apostles, who Catholics believe received authority from Jesus to continue his mission and teachings over time. This means that Catholics also follow the teaching authority of the bishops and the pope, who they believe are the successors of the apostles and are a form of revelation for the faithful. One example is the teaching on the Trinity, which is a term that is not found in the Bible. Of course, all Christians believe in the Trinity, but the term and much of our understanding of it developed from the early Christian / apostolic life which informed the community’s belief and practice in this. respect.

Do Catholics use a different Bible or book as Gospel reading that differs by religion?
Catholics use the same Bible as other Christians. Christian groups tend to use different translations of the Bible – some use the King James version, while others use the revised standard version, the New American Bible, etc.

All Christians have the same New Testament books but disagree on the number used in the Old Testament or the Hebrew Scriptures. Protestants generally recognize 66 books in the Old Testament while Catholics include those known as deuterocanonics. It goes back to different Jewish perspectives on the books to be included and to the Reformation where Luther decided for several reasons to exclude these books.

Do Catholics Have Bible Studies?
Yes, you will find Bible studies in almost every Catholic parish. Every Sunday Mass, Catholics around the world share the same readings in what is called the Liturgy of the Word. Each mass (Sunday or daily) includes Bible readings. Sunday Masses follow a rotation of Bible readings that include an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a New Testament reading, and then a Gospel reading as part of community worship. Many Catholics also pray what is called the Liturgy of the Hours, which is a daily devotion that includes readings from the Scriptures.

As most people throughout Christian history did not have access to a personal Bible or were not literate, the scriptures played a central role in Catholic worship, sacramental practice, and community life. Now that people have access to Bibles, they are used much more frequently for personal devotion, prayer, and reading / study.

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