The political rants of a Libertarian and Catholic college student from South Carolina.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

skip this entry if you're sick of hearing about terri schiavo

I posted this entry to my Live Journal. I'm posting a slightly revised version of it here because it turned out to be somewhat political, and very much in keeping with my mission on this site.

One of my friends's LJ entries on Terri Schiavo made me think again about how much I disagree with the Catholic Church on most social issues. The trinity, the crucifixtion, even transubstantiation I can buy, but their involvement in this case, even more so than their involvement in abortion, makes me feel...misplaced, I guess.

At least with abortion I can understand their opposition: Although I do not personally believe that life begins at conception, I don't find it to be a completely irrational claim. I don't think I could ever get an abortion--not because I'd feel like a murderer, but because I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and I'm not sure I'd be able to justify that to myself. But if I were in the position that one of my best friends is in right now, I would certainly want to have the option available to me.

Then there's gay marriage. I don't understand any of the arguments against gay marriage. The assertion that it degrades the institution of marriage all but makes me laugh at loud. Everyone who thinks that needs to a) look at the divorce rate in our country, and b) watch Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire. And even if you are right and homosexuality is a sin, and this is all one giant evil conspiracy to gayify America, then feel free to scream "I TOLD YOU SO!" through the flames and laugh at all the rest of us when we wind up in Hell.

Truthfully, I don't understand how these are even religious issues. I in no way believe that churches should be forced to perform marriages on same-sex couples (although theoretically--acknowledging that this would never, ever happen in a million years--if the Vatican sent out a referendum on the issue of whether or not to allow it, I'd be all for it). I don't think that being pro-choice and in favor of gay rights makes me a bad person or a bad Christian, or even a bad Catholic. I don't see how those things are mutually exclusive. And I don't think even the Pope could convince me that they are. If he tried, I'd probably remind him about the Church's platform of non-involvement during the Holocaust. (Oh, how I hope no one in the heirarchy of the Roman Catholic Church ever sees this entry...) In fact, if God appeared to me
and told me that all gays, and all people who support them, are going to burn in Hell for eternity, I'd probably call him an asshole.

I don't actually believe that God's an asshole. I think He's probably a cool guy, like on Joan of Arcadia.

I started thinking about all this stuff mostly because last night I had my confirmation practice. They gave all of the candidates (already baptized people coming into the Church, for non-Catholics) this little card with a statement we have to read during the ceremony. It's basically an affirmation that we agree with "all of" the Church's teachings. One of the candidates--an older guy sitting behind me--said, "Can we change this a little bit? Like, say "most of it" or "80% of it"?" I would have agreed with him aloud if I hadn't been seated next to Beth, who would probably make me find a new sponsor if she knew that one of my best friends is getting an abortion next week and I didn't try to talk her out of it.

All of it? I don't want to lie in Church, but I definitely do not buy into every single piece of
Church dogma. I would say that I agree with all of the important ones, everything we say in the Creed. To me, everything else is pretty informal, but then again that has a lot to do with the sort of family I was raised in.

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