- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
I hadn’t ever heard the term Cafeteria Catholic until a few months ago. It’s the idea that this type of Catholic picks and chooses what to believe/practice in the Catholic church. I guess most Catholics could fall into this category, since most practice birth control, many support LGBTQ rights and so on. Do you find the term Cafeteria Catholic offensive? Do you consider only believing some of the teachings just par for the course? Is it even possible to not truly believe in many of the teachings, and still identify as Catholic? Do you consider yourself a strict Catholic, and find others who are Cafeteria Catholics offensive and not real Catholics or true members of the church?
I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school my entire life, but as I got older I started to take issue with some of the teachings of the church. For myself, I just couldn’t continue to be part of a church that didn’t fall in line with my own moral views. I feel like I know so many Catholics who are fine picking and choosing what parts of the church to follow, but I just can’t do that myself. The oldest Cafeteria Catholic I know is my own, very devout, Grandmother, who doesn’t believe in Reconciliation. That’s a biggie I know a lot of people don’t practice. I believe in birth control, women’s reproductive rights, the right to NOT have children, marriage equality, and so on. I also lived with my Darling Husband before marriage, among other things. Because I respect the church, I don’t think it’s right for myself to receive the Sacraments and consider myself a true Catholic.
Any one else feel this way, or have a differing opinion they’d like to share? All opinions welcome, feel free to discuss other faiths in relation to this topic, as well!