Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why Some Reject Catholic Teaching or Practicing the Faith

Leon Suprenant has a great post on conclusions based on faulty arguments about the Catholic Church. A few examples:
(1) "I don't always feel like going to Mass on Sunday, especially if I'm out late on Saturday or there's a good football game on."
Therefore: "It's okay [i.e., not a mortal sin] if I occasionally miss Mass on Sunday."

We don't always feel like doing the right thing. In fact, feelings are not a reliable guide to making good decisions (Catechism, no. 1768). What would even be the point of morality if whatever we felt like doing always happened to be the right thing to do? We know from personal experience as well as from the teaching of the Church that that's not the case. Also, this thought process makes Sunday Mass appear as merely an obligation, and not as the source and summit of our lives as Christians.
Then there is this one:
(6) "Everyone has the right to be happy."
Therefore, "Homosexual activity and even homosexual relationships should be approved by society, and the Chuch will have to come around on this issue."

When this person says "happy," he or she doesn't mean happy in the deepest sense. Basically, this person is saying that a person, or in this instance, "consenting adults," have the right to do whatever they want to do. What he or she is really talking about is "license," which is human freedom disconnected from the truth. One cannot be happy apart from God and apart from striving to do what is pleasing in His eyes. If human happiness resides in God alone, as all the saints have attested, must we give legal recognition to his or her disordered attempts at happiness (to the detriment of the moral fabric of our society), or do we lovingly offer them another way?
Read the rest here.

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