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Is Our Church Adding Extra Rules and Laws?

The following is an exerpt from Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.


Mark 7:1-13 mentions that other than the ten commandments, the Pharisees added extra laws and rules that Jews should follow. Is our church today not doing the same thing, such as harsh rules on the divorce and mandatory mass of some feast days?

Fr. Francis' answer:

"Jesus did not remove the Mosaic Law, but he completed it by revealing Himself to replace the authority of the Law. So, instead of obeying the law, now it is obeying Him. He therefore changed the Law by raising the bar from the original intent of the law; and so He can say “love your enemy”, “forgive those who curse you”, lust of the heart is the same as adultery, and command us to “love one another as I have loved you”. These are all harder laws than before."

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