We have become a society that does not value the life of children. We value the life of children when we plan for children, when children fit into our blueprint for life.We see this issue of control perhaps most clearly in the tragedy of abortion (as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta lamented, “It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish”) but the battle rages much more subtly, as well.Headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope, the church's doctrines are summarised in the Nicene Creed.Its central administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, enclaved within Rome, Italy.It was so very painful for orthodox Catholics to endure.
She also shared how often people had asked her if this baby was “planned.” My husband and I are expecting our first child, and one of the most surprising elements of my pregnancy so far has been the number of people who have, point-blank, asked me if this baby was “planned.” The first few times it happened, I was floored, and truly did not know how to respond to such a question.
The Virgin Mary is venerated in the Catholic Church as Queen of Heaven and is honoured in numerous Marian devotions.
The Catholic Church has defined four Marian dogmas: the Immaculate Conception, the dogma that Mary was conceived without original sin; her status as the Mother of God; her perpetual virginity; and her bodily assumption into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
The Catholic Church teaches that it is the one true church founded by Jesus Christ, that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles, and that the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter; the Prince of the Apostles.
The Catholic Church maintains that the doctrine on faith and morals that it declares as definitive is infallible.