and that occurred in the American Catholic Churches with its worship and morality. Pluralism occurred when the Catholics took from the charismatic movement, they became more like the Protestants, and shared views that Orthodox Jews, Mormons, and conservatism had. In this they had strict views on abortions, same-sex marriage, and developed a double direction view by becoming more liberal and conservative. (Albanese 78-9) Our author writes that the 21st century Catholic Church is 'remarkably changed' from it's beginnings. Describe (with examples) three such changes. The Catholic Church truly has changed a lot and according to the author three of the changes is becoming more lenient on certain beliefs from the past, more Catholics are becoming “cafeteria Catholics”, and lastly different viewpoints on the authority figures such as the pope, which changed the Catholic Sacramentalism. In regards to the first point, the Catholic Church added annulments which allowed someone who got divorced to get remarried which was not common before at all. The church was completely against the concept of remarriage but they added an annulment probably to keep people in the faith. The second point the author made involved Catholics becoming cafeteria Catholics. This occurred because there was many issues and conflicts that arose throughout the Catholic Church and the people who stayed and fought through it might be skeptical. So they want to keep their faith with God but might disagree on certain point’s from the Church, so they pick and choose what they like which never would be allowed back in the day. And the final example of change that occurred in the Catholic Church was people’s belief of the pope. According to our book it says fewer people actually believe the pope is the Vicar of Christ, which hurts the traditional sacramental sense of believing the pope and bishops had authority and were holy. Which affects the old order of things. With all these it shows how the Catholic Church has moved away from the medieval times and is becoming more modern in the 21 st century. (Albanese 82-3)
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