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Old 12th November 2010, 12:19 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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[Titus 2]
{2:1} But you are to speak the things that befit sound doctrine.

The Catholic Faith does not offer dogma only, nor doctrine only. The Faith includes doctrine, as well as sound theological opinion, pious practices, and the discipline of the Church.

{2:2} Old men should be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience.

God intends different roles for different persons, based on gender, on age, on ability. Old men should be chaste: older married persons perhaps have marital relations less often, some older married persons might mutually agree to refrain from marital relations, for long periods or indefinitely, and often one or the other spouse will eventually become a widow or widower, so that chastity is incumbant upon them.

{2:3} Old women, similarly, should be in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teaching well,

It is similarly with old women. Notice that the wording is not exactly the same for old men as for old women; this is due to the differences in behavior (whether holy behavior or sinful behavior) that occur based on gender.

{2:4} so that they may teach prudence to the young women, so that they may love their husbands, love their children,

Older women generally have the role to teach younger women, based on their experience in living a life of faith, as well as their general life experience.

{2:5} be sensible, chaste, restrained, have concern for the household, be kind, be subordinate to their husbands: so that the Word of God may be not blasphemed.

Scripture teaches that wives should be subordinate to their husbands. Older women must not only be subordinate, but also teach this truth by word and example to younger women.

{2:6} Exhort young men similarly, so that they may show self-restraint.

There is, of course, a certain similarity in the way that the Gospel is lived by all persons, regardless of age and gender and ability, but then there are also differences.

{2:7} In all things, present yourself as an example of good works: in doctrine, with integrity, with seriousness,
{2:8} with sound words, irreproachably, so that he who is an opponent may dread that he has nothing evil to say about us.

Yes, there are some persons who hate Christianity, particularly Catholicism, and they dread that so many of the faithful live irreproachable lives. That is why they invent false accusations against us.

{2:9} Exhort servants to be submissive to their masters, in all things pleasing, not contradicting,
{2:10} not cheating, but in all things showing good fidelity, so that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

This passage would apply to the employee/employer relationship, as well as to the servant/master relationship in ancient times. There are always various degrees and types of subjection and servitude in this life.

{2:11} For the grace of God our Savior has appeared to all men,
{2:12} instructing us to reject impiety and worldly desires, so that we may live soberly and justly and piously in this age,
{2:13} looking forward to the blessed hope and the advent of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Here eschatology, particularly about the return of Jesus Christ, is tied to the teachings of the Gospel on living a pious and moral life.

{2:14} He gave himself for our sake, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse for himself an acceptable people, pursuers of good works.
{2:15} Speak and exhort and argue these things with all authority. Let no one despise you.

It is not humility to allow others to despise you, if this also causes harm to the Gospel. We should defend the Faith against false accusations, and sometimes this means that we have to defend others or self against false accusations.
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Old 12th November 2010, 01:38 PM
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2:1 But you are to speak the things that befit sound doctrine.
2:15 Speak and exhort and argue these things with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Paul is speaking to Titus who is a bishop. The Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church which teaches doctrine. The Church also has the temporal authority which issues rules on discipline. The Church has been given ALL authority in heaven and earth by Jesus who is the head of the Church.

16:18 And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.

All authority is not only all spiritual or teaching authority but also all temporal
authority including all authority over secular governments and over all of humanity and creation.
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