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Is the Catholic Church Hiding Something Here?

One very common assertion is that the Catholic Church is somehow trying to hide the truth, suppress damning information. That's obviously triggered by that same fundamental tenet of the DVC book and film. Hence all the codes, secrets, blah blah blah.

The irony is this assertion is just silly. Comical and laughable also work, but I prefer silly!

The simple truth of the matter is that freedom of man to accept or reject God's gifts is deeply thematic.

Not convinced? Why not check out what the Church says about itself on this very point? The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a clear summary of all of the doctrines of the church. Out in the open, clearly defined and freely available for all to see. Here's an excerpt from the prologue that speaks to the very freedom of man to accept or reject God's gifts:

God ... calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this ... God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior ... he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen ... the apostles "went forth and preached everywhere ..."

Those who with God's help have welcomed Christ's call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world...

That is a freely proffered invitation, which each is person is clearly free to accept or reject.

If you're not familiar with the Catechism, note that the text contains many footnotes and other citations to the supporting biblical references, as well as writings of the Early Church Fathers and so on.

Sound fearful or controlling? Trying to hide some secret information? HARDLY! If you're simply not sure what to think, why not read it for yourself and decide?


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