Even though I realize this post will get shot down, criticized, and "flogged," I decided to write it anyway. There is plenty of evidence here on Open Salon of the disdain for the Catholic Church and Christianity in general. I like presenting the other side which includes debunking the myths and lies that are perpetuated from those who hate it or misunderstand it. Although the negativity doesn't make me waver in my faith or distract me from the over abundance of goodness within the Church, I always feel compelled to share my views and strengths of the Catholic Church simply because of its goodness and holiness. Plus, I happen to love the Catholic Church which includes the countless number of holy saints and people who walked this earth living and dying for the love of Jesus Christ.
Now, with all that said, I wasn't born yesterday. I am quite aware of its imperfections, weaknesses, and sins. I wish the wrong doings and mistakes had never been committed just like I wish my own wrong doings and mistakes had never been committed. So please don't think I walk with my head in the clouds feasting on the pie in the sky, because I don't.
Any institution as big as the Catholic Church involving the number of people it includes, is bound to mess up and do wrong. Why? Simply because of the inherent weakness of human nature. Although I believe we human beings tend toward the "good," we make mistakes along the way doing so. I personally don't have a problem with that. Some day, when we're all in heaven, we'll no longer make mistakes. We will look back with a loving understanding and compassion while gently forgiving those who hurt others as well as ourselves. I truly believe our perspective here on earth is so skewed and limited that we really have no idea about much at all. We're probably all wrong! I have no problem with that either because I know that no matter what, if there is a God, and the evidence points us to Him, He understands everything. He gets it. He loves us no matter what.
What prompted me to write this? I read another post on Open Salon slamming the Catholic Church once again. Nothing new. This time it was a slam against the Church's view on artificial birth control. The writer just doesn't get it and I don't expect him to because you have to understand the theology behind it. I also understand that it's normal to question or even condemn that which we don't understand.
Without getting too deep into the Theology of the birth control issue I added my comment:
Is it "civil" to use others as objects? You forget that the Catholic Church and all other religious institutions are NOT always practical. Their job is to present the ideals instead, even if we fall short. Of course, we all fall short including the imperfect Catholic Church, but never the less, it's their job to help all of us reach for the ideals which includes saving sexual intercourse for marriage; using natural birth control as taught by the NFP organization (which is just about as accurate as the pill); loving others without using them for your own pleasure; forgiving no matter what etc. Why should women have to put poison in their bodies when they can work with their bodies controlling fertility naturally without risk to their health? You see the pill as a solution. Have you ever considered that the pill may have actually hurt our society instead? Look at the statistics after the invention of the pill. Abortion rates went up; divorce went up, depression is rampant, sexually transmitted diseases went up etc. People think the pill has given women freedom where in actuality it has possibly harmed us in countless ways. Maybe the correlation is not direct, but how do you explain the decline in morality and therefore the diseases and unwanted pregnancies, along with the abortion rate and depressions? Do I think God punishes? No, but I do think he allows the natural laws to govern.
Once again. I could be all wrong. The Church may be completely off. In the end, I truly don't think God gives a damn either way. I believe His love encompasses all and therefore He forgives us, "our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." In the
end, what counts is love....love of God and love of our neighbors. It doesn't get much more simple than that.