I am Catholic, which means I believe in the words of the Bible and guidance of the Catechism and Pope. A summary of these beliefs can be found in the Apostle's Creed. Topmost of these is that Jesus died to forgive all of our sins.
In addition to this summary, I would like to highlight some of my Catholic beliefs that seem to not be common knowledge.
- I do not hate lgbt people.
- I love them as children of God same as everyone, and I respect that while everyone has struggles in life theirs have been made harder by the media and general feeling of today's society. I pray for them.
- I do not worship Mary.
- She is however one of my favorite people in heaven to talk to, because she is one of the coolest women to ever have lived and is the mother of the Lord who died for my sins. I like having her for a friend, especially now after losing a child I can truly see her strength when she watched Jesus suffer and die on the cross.
- I am also a sinner.
- One of the beautiful things about being Catholic is I get to have the sacrament of reconciliation (confession of sins) and be forgiven. Over and over again, no matter how far I've fallen. I don't believe that any one person is better or worse for what they've done, just some people need to be shown the way to Jesus so He can forgive them too. Jesus is the best friend a sinner can have.
- I do not exclusively focus on the end of the world.
- Everyone will die some day. I pray that everyone gets to go to heaven but they get to make that choice for themselves. Jesus will come again some day and we must be prepared, but whether it is the end of the world or just the end of my life in the world makes little difference to me.
- Catholic communion is the real thing.
- Every other Christian church I know of views communion or the Eucharist or the bread and wine as just bread and wine, a symbol of Jesus's body and blood. We Catholics have the real thing, in an awesome process called transubstantiation the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus. Isn't that awesome?
- I'm not against sex.
- And I wasn't before I became a married pregnant lady either. Neither is the church. An awesome book that explains my feelings on sex very well is called Holy Sex. (affiliate link below will have more detail)
- In short, sex is sacred and must take place between a man and woman joined in marriage as God intended. But it is an awesome celebration and should never be seen as a bad or taboo thing. I'm bad at summaries, read a book review instead. A handy one is in the pervious link under the product description.
This is a short summary of what I believe.
Please ask any questions that come to mind, I will do my best to answer clearly. And let me know about other things that non Catholics are not familiar with about the church so I can add them to the list.