Cathopedia:Roman Catholic point of view
A mainstay of Cathopedia is its adherence to the Roman Catholic Point of View. In other words, Cathopedia's viewpoint coincides with that of the Roman Catholic Church. Meaning that:
- Cathopedia is faithful to the Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, both in its doctrinal and moral aspects;
- Cathopedia concerns itself with all that pertains to Catholicism, excluding all subjects that lie outside that scope;
- Cathopedia however, respects and upholds the different views expressed within the Roman Catholic World.
Keeping Faith with the Holy Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
Cathopedia expresses the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It strictly adheres to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While its content sticks to its teachings, it may distance itself in its thematic rather than systematic approach and its attention to detail of its subject-matter.
Cathopedia is as explicit about its subjects as are the Catholic Church's Holy Teachings. For instance:
- "Abortion is considered as homicide";
- "Christ has a divine and a human nature but only one person";
- "matrimony is indissoluble";
- and so on.
Cathopedia does not necessarily endorse the point of view of mainstream society when it should be opposed to the teachings of the Church, yet strives to avoid controversy for its own sake. Its ultimate touchstone is charity and compassion, to recall Pope John XXIII's happy expression: "Condemning sin while loving the sinner"
Adherence to Ecclesiastical Pluralism
« Unity in the essentials, freedom in doubt, charity in all. »
It follows that Cathopedia adopts a neutral style for whatever is not defined in the Teachings.
While one cannot say:
|« The Holy Communion must be placed in the palm of your hands. »|
Because fact has it that the Church has administered it only in the mouth for a long time. The expression should be best phrased as
|« Liturgy today has resumed the ancient use of administering the Holy Communion to its faithfuls both on the hand and in the mouth. »|
This should express a richer concept while respecting the opinion of those who believe the Holy Bread should only be given in the hand.
Therefore Cathopedians express their personal views, both theological and pastoral in a detached and objective manner, out of respect for the views and sayings of those who hold different opinions.
To put it another way, think of how a reporter relates fact and opinion: while reporting, he or she refrains from expressing his or her personal views. He or she deals with fact as it is. So, Cathopedia cannot either express itself on the opinions of this or that theologian, school or movement, or on the Teaching of the Church. Rather, it will present them objectively by dealing explicitly with each and every view and their respective arguments in favor or against it.
Should a subject be controversial, it will be Cathopedia's duty to give all sides (when present) of the issue, objectively and without omissions, giving all the facts relevant to each party, the final judgement resting within the third party, or the reader.
Subjects that may elicit strong emotional response call for our ability to listen closely to other readers' opinions with humbleness and patience, refraining from taking for granted (and final) one's point of view.
Adherence to Roman Catholicism
Adherence to Catholicism may be direct or indirect.
It is direct when an entry deals with subject-matter that is strictly Catholic, as in
- Jesus Christ (THE Savior)
- Saint Augustin of Ippona (a Catholic Saint and Bishop)
- Arius (a prominent heretic criticised by the Catholic Church)
- Moses (the Old Testament paves the way to the New)
- Giotto (Painted many scenes from the Gospels)
- Annunciazione (Angelico Prado) (Painted an episode from the Gospels)
- Israel (is the People and Land of Jesus)
- Armenia (is a Catholic Country)
Adherence to Catholicism is indirect when one or more subjects touched upon in the entry relate to Catholicism. Such entries start with a bird's eye view on their subject, then focus on those aspects that expressly relate to Catholicism, leaving out anything else as does not concern it. Examples include:
- Islam (Islam having crossed paths with Catholicism in many instances)
- Mormons (for the Catholic views contained in Mormonism)
- Averroes (this Muslim philosopher had some influence on Catholicism)
- Sometimes it may be necessary for administrators to ask a reader to end a discussion. Whenever the possibility of a conflict arises, a contributor may be asked to make his or her point on a discussion page before making sensitive changes on an entry against the wishes of other contributors. Cathopedia will not allow any editing wars where one contributor edits or erases as he or she pleases what another has written. Administrators may block temporarily or even permanently any contributors who will have proven unable to use discretion while not keeping the discussion on a peaceful ground.