Do Catholics and other religious people bare a responsibility to throw out old dogma rather than just pretend they follow it?
Making this so as not to derail the Post a political news story thread.
In a wider sense, this thread could discuss the difference between what some religious people say and what they actually do, especially when matched with politics by which I mean both events like the current Biden birth control debacle and generally when the church impacts the lives of other people.
Personally I have a grudge I already described in the other thread that I'll quote here.
Catholic birth control nearly destroyed my marriage amoung other negative outcomes. I wasn't Catholic myself but respected my wife and families beliefs.
Ask me how rage inducing it was years later when I heard thousands of Catholics on line say "Lol no we don't actually do that we just pretend we do when we are at mass". Never have I hated a group of people I've never met so much in all my life.
Anyway I'm an atheist now so f*ck em.
I think that (and again this is born of my own personal grudge) because the Catholic church as a whole wields so much power more Catholics (and other denominations) have a responsibility to speak up and make it clear when they disagree with the "party line." Not pretend they do but live differently in secret.
For the record, the priest who married my wife and me in 1967 advised us that we could in good faith practice birth control. He reasoned that as Pope Paul VI was then preparing an encyclical regarding faith and sexuality, young Catholics could reasonably assume that church dogma regarding contraception would soon change to reflect contemporary realities: specifically that a couple intending to bring children into their marriage might legitimately seek to do so in their own time.
A university chaplain, he no doubt understood how the combination of Rome’s authoritarianism and theological nit-picking tended to drive educated young people from the church. Anyway, everybody knows how that worked out.
“Vatican Roulette,” we called it, and like the vast majority, declined to play. Surveys have shown that approximately 13 percent of the faithful agree with the Roman Catholic Church’s categorical ban on birth control; a mere 2 percent actually practice what the bishops preach. For most, it isn’t a serious personal issue. Sure, Your Grace, whatever.
If the reader detects bitterness, that’s an error of tone. The best priest I know is prone to remind his parishioners that the church is not God; rather, it’s a human institution, prone to sin and error. Recently watching him bless four little girls who carried alms to the altar, I was moved to think how humble, hardworking priests like him are also victims of the church hierarchy’s grave moral failure.
So you’d think they’d be a bit more modest in their rhetoric, the bishops. Particularly in anything touching upon human sexuality. This may be the place to say that I speak for nobody but myself. Not for Irish Catholics, Catholics in the South, Catholics Who Raise Fleckvieh Simmental Cows, nor even for my wife.