- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
@Dollygold: The Vatican and that Catholic Church have been around for close to two thousand years in a direct chain-of-command from Jesus himself (this is an objective historical fact, by the way; you don’t have to believe it means anything about God or the universe, but it remains a cold hard fact). If you honestly believe that the Pope changed his mind about condoms because of “backlash,” you are mistaken, and offensive – even though I’m not sure you mean to be. People really don’t understand how the Catholic Church works because it’s organized differently from every other religion I know.
The Pope is a man of God who truly believes that he needs to find the right answers for his Catholic flock based on this church’s interpretation of Jesus’ life. He would be a heretic and failing his duty if he based his decisions on public opinion. I know a lot of people believe a lot of “conspiracy theories” about the Catholic Church, but just know that if you do, you’re out on a really shaky limb. I believe that the Pope has no ulterior motives; I don’t believe in conspiracy theories.
The Catholic Church is the first to admit that yes, it “changes its mind” because it is always studying the way the life of Jesus interacts with modern life. It changes slowly, because they want to be careful. For some people it doesn’t move fast enough, so they choose other denominations. For others, that feels just right, so we choose to be Catholic. The Pope has lots of well-trained scholars who have devoted their lives to studying the intersection of the life of Jesus and modern life; that’s what goes on in the Vatican. They are honest that they haven’t finished examining some issues, like what to do with frozen fetuses. There is no answer yet. They are working on it. I find that care and honesty in line with my beliefs, but it’s not right for everyone.
The Pope does not think that condoms are right for Catholics to use. It comes from a philosophy called the Theology of the Body. However, as the Pope stated, condoms can be a first step on the path towards that belief system. It took a long time, and a lot of scholarly research and debate, to reach this conclusion. But it was not because of “backlash.”
I just think a lot of people don’t understand how Catholicism works, which in turn I understand, because it’s very dissimilar from most every other religion like that.
By the way, the Dalai Lama doesn’t believe that Buddhists should use any form of birth control, is against homosexuality for Buddhists, and also says that couples can’t even use hands or mouths during intercourse. I don’t often hear people in America screaming about how horrible he is or how much they hate Buddhists. Yet somehow it’s all right to do to Catholics.
Another well-respected person who was against all forms of birth control? Gandhi. Look it up. He made some very powerful statements about it. I’ve never heard anybody with the guts to say that Gandhi was a big jerk. Have you? No. This is an unfair double-standard against Catholics, and that is called bigotry.