“The phenomenon of cafeteria Catholics is real, widely accepted, and practiced,” Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde told over 200 attendees at Christendom College’s 2-day conference entitled St. Paul: His Spiritual and Scriptural Contributions to the Church and held June 26-27. “We hear all the time, ‘I personally believe that abortion is wrong, but why should the Church tell me that my vote should be in accord with my faith?’ or ‘Sure, for me marriage is the union of one man and one woman, but we should not impose this belief on others—we should not discriminate—live and let live.’ We hear all of this so often in our society, yet St. Paul clearly tells us that living as cafeteria Catholics is not in accord with being a member of Christ’s body, nor does it deepen our spiritual growth.”

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