(Q): What is a Cafeteria Catholic?
(A): Cafeteria Catholics are those who pick and choose what doctrines they want to follow and what doctrines they want to ignore. They do not have any respect for the authority of the Catholic church. The guidelines of the church are meaningless. The sad part, is there are nuns and priests included in this category. The difference between a cafeteria Catholic and a lukewarm Catholic is that the cafeteria Catholic is ruled by pride. They believe that they do not have to follow the rules of anyone. They are in charge and they can believe what they want.
(Q): What are signs of a Cafeteria Catholic?
(A): Here are some examples of a cafeteria Catholic:
- They see no problem with artificial birth control
- They see no problem with premarital sex
- They see no problem with divorce and remarriage
- They see no problem with abortion
- They approve and promote the ordination of woman
- They approve and promote the marriage of priests
Cafeteria Catholics use Vatican II as an excuse by stating that things have changed in the Catholic faith and that it is their prerogative to do as they wish. Former Cardinal Ratzinger, the former Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated clearly in the book "The Cardinal Ratzinger Report," that it is absolutely incorrect to refer to Pre-Vatican Council II and Post-Vatican Council II, as if there were changes in the Church's position in matters of faith and morals. The only changes in that respect have sprung from erroneous interpretations of the Council. Pope John Paul II stated in his talk to the Bishops in Los Angeles in 1987:
"It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the clear position on abortion. It has to be noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church's moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a "good Catholic," and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United States and elsewhere."
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