Top Secrets Most Catholics Don’t Know About the Catholic Church (But Should!)

1. Women Will Never Be Priests – Often incorrectly lumped in with the subject of married priests, this is a doctrine that has been infallibly decided and will not change. In 1994, Pope John Paul II issued an Apostolic Letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, in which he declared once and for all that “the Church has no authority whatsoever […]


1. Women Will Never Be Priests –

Often incorrectly lumped in with the subject of married priests, this is a doctrine that has been infallibly decided and will not change. In 1994, Pope John Paul II issued an Apostolic Letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, in which he declared once and for all that “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.”

Unlike the issue of married priests (which could possibly change), women’s ordination is an impossibility that will not happen. It is not a “glass ceiling” or the Church’s attempt to hold back women. Instead, it is an infallible recognition that men and women have different roles and that Christ instituted a male priesthood.



2. Fridays Are Still Days Of Penance 

Ask almost anyone and they will tell you that Catholics are no longer required to abstain from meat on Fridays throughout the year. However, the current Code of Canon Law (CIC) states that, with the exception of solemnities, “All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.” (CIC 1250) Furthermore, “Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities.” (CIC 1251) In the United States, the bishops have declared that it is permissible to substitute some other form of penance, but we are still urged to fast from “something” in remembrance of the Lord’s death on the cross.

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  • my wife divorced me after 26 years of mariage
    because i was out of work for 6 Months
    I bought and paid for the house and put it on her name
    She sold everything because her sisters and mother said she must i am on the street
    AND I CANNOT TAKE HOLY COMMUNION BECAUSE
    I AM DIVORCED
    SO NOW I AM FORCED TO GO TO ANOTHER
    CONGRIGATION

  • John
    I believe you can receive communion. If you have a new partner then you can not. There is a bit more to it. Talk to your parish priest.

  • I always believe That Holy Roman Catholic is the religion Of Salvation in the belief of The Holy Trinity of God the Father,the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.So my question is what happened to the noncatholic during judgement day.Will noncatholic go to heaven.No wonder God the Father is not happy.When i start my devotion to prayers i always include praying harder to those coming back to God to make God happy.I will pray that all mankind will have the same faith to make it simple.When i listened to youtube channels were there are young pastors who dont believe in The existence of Jesus and these multiple ministries are being paid money to exist.Do you think God is happy about this. I wonder what these young pastors are teaching in their churches.And what about their gross earnings at the end of month.Are they donating half to charities to make God happy?There should be only one Faith to God so it will be less complicated.I will harder for this.

  • John, not true at all. You can take Holy Communion – just not if you remarry. Why would you go to another congregations? I’m assuming protestant? They don’t have Communion anyway.

  • I’ve been married, divorced and remarried. I would not be able to participate in Holy Communion in the Catholic Church because of that?