Article: Three strengths of contemporary Catholicism
This article discusses the three strengths of contemporary Catholicism as written by Prof. Brad Malkovsky and he claims that his students have responded well to his writings. The three strengths are: Openness to other religions, openness to scientific research and how it is the most developed of all the world’s religions when it comes to social teachings.
The first strength that Prof. Malkovsky states is Catholicism’s openness to other religions. Prof. Malkovsky studied in comparative theology and is in expert in Hinduism. The Catholic Church feels that the professor’s time spent in India for his graduate studies allowed him to lead the way and set an example for collaboration and sharing with other religions. The article also dives in to a few doctrines that focus on the acceptance of other religions and building relations with other religions. With the writing of these doctrines, clearly you can see the church wants to be accepting of other religions and lays out the guidelines, but I do not feel that it practices that of which it preaches. I was born into the Catholic religion and I have received all of my sacraments, and I certainly have spent lots of time in class, mass and bible study. The last thing we discussed in all of that time spent at church was other religions. I read the article and when the first strength came back as “openness of other religions” I was wondering if this was a typo. I understand that the bible teaches us to love others as we love ourselves, however; I always felt that other religions were not well received in my church.
I will give you an example, I am married with three children, all of them have received their sacraments went to CCD and mass every Sunday. Well, about 6 months ago, my wife wanted to try a new church. It’s a bible based church, and NOT catholic. It is a great environment; they have Sunday service, children’s classes, bible...