I love when Stephen Colbert talks about Catholicism because he “plays” apologetics like Shannon plays soccer. He doesn’t let those who debate him articulate their argument (which can be frustrating), but I suppose that those who debate him expect him to do that, and they have fun anyway. I marvel at how bluntly and good-naturedly he points out the truth.
As a Church, we should live and communicate our faith just as harmoniously. Being the universal Church means of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing, no matter who or where we are. To competently communicate our faith, it helps to learn as a team, from the same coaches and the same play books. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is one of many publications that gives straight answers about what the Church believes. Our beliefs are no secret. Anyone can look them up, if they can distinguish between official Church teachings and some guy who has gone rogue.
Saying, “I’m Catholic,” is a concise way of saying that I believe everything the Catholic Church teaches. When I encounter a Church teaching that I struggle to understand or accept (and this has certainly happened), I have two options: A) Judge the truth on my own, or B) Trust that Holy Mother Church knows best, obey her even when it’s a tough concept to swallow, and seek an understanding of what she says, one step at a time. As a member of this team that’s been playing together for almost 2,000 years, I choose the latter.
We must ask questions, but questioning is not an end in itself. Even the greatest mysteries can be known and understood to an extent. God has revealed such love to us. How will we respond? The Church offers us the tools we need to get answers for ourselves and work as a team to echo them to others.
Written by: Kelly O’Brien