answer the following questions by placing a check mark next to the statements
you agree with.These questions are by
no means a full review of the differences between the Roman Catholic and
American National Catholic understanding of faith.There are many other questions that could be asked.But this is a sampling of your attitude to
see if you are aligned with Roman Catholic or National Catholic
thinking.Which do you more align yourself with?
1._____I believe that the Pope is a great leader and
teacher of the Church, but that in some of my decisions on faith and moral
practice, I may differ with him.
2._____I believe birth control is a private matter that
couples should decide according to their own informed consciences.
3._____I believe that divorce is often tragic, but not an
unpardonable sin and that divorced people should be fully welcomed into the
Church and its sacraments.
4._____I believe that the laypeople of the Church should
have some voice in the Church’s governance and that the clergy should have some
to their people.
5._____I believe that priests should be free to marry.
6._____I believe that non-Catholic Churches are not
“defective” but rather are sincere expressions of Christian faith that do not
share the traditions of the Catholic Church.
7._____I believe that Holy Communion at Mass should be
open to Christians who are not Catholic but are sincere people of faith.
8._____I believe that Holy Communion at Mass should be offered
to all who believe, not just for those who accept the Pope’sinfallibility and authority.
9._____I believe that sex should be within the context of
marriage, but that mature adults in committed romantic relationships are not
automatically sinners because of their sexual sharing.
believe that gay and lesbian people are not “disordered” (even if I do not
understand or relate to their sexual orientation).
_____I believe the Pope is infallible in all matters
of faith and moral practice and that he has direct spiritual authority
over me and all others.
_____I believe that artificial birth control is a sin
even when used by married people.
_____I believe that divorce between two Catholics is
wrong and that the Church should never recognize the divorce of a married
_____I believe that only the Pope and Catholic
bishops should have authority in the Church and that lay people should not
share in its governance.
_____I believe that only celibate men should be
_____I believe that non-Catholic Churches are
defective and that their members are spiritually at risk because of this.
_____I believe that only Catholics should receive
Holy Communion at Mass and that Protestants should not be allowed to
receive communion at Catholic masses.
_____I believe Holy Communion at Mass should only be
given to those who believe in the Pope’s infallibility and authority, and
thus Protestants should be excluded.
_____I believe that sex between unmarried people is
always a serious or mortal sin, and that even mature adults in committed
romantic relationships are sinning if they have sex before marriage.
_____I believe that gay and lesbian people are