Sacraments






St. Patrick’s Comprehensive


First off, I will start with the basics. The dictionary definition of a sacrament is:


A rite that is considered to have been established by Jesus Christ to bring grace to those participating in or receiving it.


Depending on who you ask peoples definition of a sacrament will vary, so I will stick to using the dictionary definition, and I am going to use Marriage as my example of a sacrament.


The Catholic attitude toward marriage is that marriage is a holy bond between a man and woman and is God’s intended pattern for family life, the Catholic church does not condone polygamy or bigamy and believes a marriage should be a monogamous partnership, an for this reason, unless you have a sufficient reason to sway the priest, you are only allowed to be married once, if you can prove that your spouse has committed any acts that the church would seem adequate enough to revoke a marriage, e.g. your spouse does not want children, then you can have your marriage annulled. The Old Testament of the Bible describes the practice of polygamy among the ancient Hebrews. The early Christians outlawed polygamy, which had existed among the pre-Christian tribes of Europe as well as among Hebrews, this was because they believe marriage should be for two people only. Roman Catholic ceremonies involve a nuptial mass, during which many scriptural texts concerning marriage are read. The presence of a priest and at least two witnesses is essential, as is the expression of consent by the bride and groom.


Should a priest only give sacraments to those who practice the faith?


Should a priest only give sacraments to those who practice the faith? In my opinion the answer to this question is yes, my main reason in thinking this is; if someone wanted to get married for example, but did not practice the faith, then that means they want the sacrament as a trophy or a novelty item, something that everyone has to do in life regardless of if they practice the faith or not. Be it for tradition or because they don’t understand it’s true value, they still will not consider it as something bestowed upon them by God, and if this is the case, a priest should have every right to not let them receive sacraments. If everyone who wanted to was allowed to receive sacraments it wouldn’t be long before their true purpose was lost and they became a part of everyday life, things at which people see as chores and not as what they really are, a rite that has been established by Jesus Christ to bring grace to those participating in or receiving it. On the other hand you could say