Oh shucks… Looks like I forgot the word “not.” Man… these typos…
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there seems to be a lot of Catholic bashing today due to the issue of contraception. I mean, granted, on fundie blogs, they are bashed sometimes, but this seems to be coming from those with a general pluralistic outlook. Before you rush to judge the Catholic Church through your own misinformation about what the Church officially teaches regarding birth control, take a gander at this:
The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.
The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings….
For those who need some background, start with Aquinas and understand the thought behind some of this. As I understand it, it’s not about denying women anything, but about making sure they are what they are supposed to be. Rather… what men and woman are supposed to be together, and that is creators.
Now, I don’t agree with this position, or rather, the result of the position which is the denial of birth control, but I do understand it. For me, the transmission of life is sacred, and indeed, part of our very make up, but life in of itself is not always so easily defined by a child. Indeed, many women who could not conceive have done more than their fair share of transmitting life by caring for the poor, the neglected, and the abused. Men who for some reason or another who could not transmit life have become heirs to a generation by the actions of their heart. And in a world in which we see the threats of war, famine, and grave injustices, perhaps the other side of the sanctity of human life is the choice not to bring a child in this world but to focus one’s life on repairing the breaches of evil which have made their inroads into our society.
I do wish that my more liberal friends would not so readily bash the Catholic Church for their position here… After all, we aren’t Republicans who make it a political plank to bash Islam, a religion which they more often than not have no clue as to the basic tenants. Or Judaism… or anything that people generally do not understand…
- Church & State: Immaculate Contraception (aphilosopher.wordpress.com)
- Shocking admission from a secular publication: “The Catholic Church has always been right on birth control”… (businessinsider.com)
- 10 Reasons Why Catholic Church And GOP Are Opposed To The Birth Control Mandate (listofx.wordpress.com)
- 10 pictures in defense of the Catholic Church… (stpeterslist.com)
- The Problems With the Catholic Church and Birth Control (usnews.com)
- Karl Rove Shamelessly Conflates Birth Control With Abortion (crooksandliars.com)
- Rick Santorum Disagrees With Catholic Church… On Health Care Reform (crooksandliars.com)