In my job of scouring the interwebz for false proclaimations against the Chruch and the Truth, I happen to stumple across this YouTube vid. The author of the video makes certain statements that I feel need to be explained only because of the way in which he twists the Truth of the Church in order to satisfy his selfish wants.
The author starts out by quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1643 and he goes on to say that:
"...the Catholic Church fundamentally rejects divorce, pre-martial and extra-marital sex, birth control, abortion and, any means of intercourse which would not result in having a child."
Well let's see...the Catholic Church rejects divorce, um, yeah - I don't know too many people who get married with the projected outcome of getting a divorce. Since it's obvious that during the course of "your studies in your religion" you missed some important notes, let me give you a refresher as to why the Catholic Church doesn't allow divorce. Matthew Chapter 19, verses 4 through 9 Christ says the following to the Pharisees who are attempting to entrap him :
"He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate." They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?" He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."
Notice how Jesus - who fulfills the Law - says that, unless the marriage is unlawful, it is binding because that is how it was meant to have been from the beginning. Interesting, in just these 5 verses we not only prove that divorce is against what Christ taught BUT, in the same manner as Canon Law, only an unlawful marriage recognized by the Church can be annuled.
The author goes on to state that pre marital and extra marital affairs are wrong, duh. These two things are an offense to chastity (I'll deal with that one soon enough) and are to be avoided. He also mentions birth control and abortion; I'm not going to get into defending these two latter topics, instead, I'll provide a link to Humane Vitae because it's obvious that the author, during the course of "his studies in his religion," must've missed that class.
As for the Catholic Church rejecting "any means of intercourse which would not result in having a child," it once again boggles my mind that this person who has "studied his religion" and quoted from the Catechism, totally missed the VERY LAST PARAGRAPH OF THAT SECTION. Paragraph #1654 states:
Spouses to whom God has not granted children can nevertheless have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms. Their marriage can radiate a fruitfulness of charity, of hospitality, and of sacrifice.
So...where exactly does it say that sex is only okay sans doggy-style? Continuing on, he states that unless sex is only done within the confines of marriage with only one person, then you are intrinsically disordered, let's see what the Catholic Church says about chastity. Buckle up cuz I'm about to school this author.
CCC# 2337-2345 states in part:
Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality...becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman...
...Chastity has laws of growth which progress through stages marked by imperfection and too often by sin...
...Chastity is a moral virtue. It is also a gift from God, a grace, a fruit of spiritual effort...
So, if you have pre-marital sex or, extra-marital sex, you have most certainly sinned and thus have become intrinsically disordered, that is, naturally against what you were made to be by the Creator. But, there is forgiveness that can be found if you repent, try to live a chaste life and devote yourself to Christ and his sacrifice at the cross. As this section says, it is through self-mastery that we can govern our passions and find peace.
The author also makes mention that, homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and, to quote him, "this is the same kind of wording that it [the Catholic Church] uses for many other sexual acts." What are these acts? Here's a quick list that you can find in paragraphs #2351 though #2356 of the Catechism:
Why are these intrinsically disordered? Because they hold you back from being the person that God has made you to be. I don't know about you but, I personally don't think being a rapist is a calling from God nor do I think that becoming a prostitute or rubbing one out is the epitome of human excellence.These are stumpling blocks that will lead you away from sanctification and towards alienation from God. These are the things that not only violate human dignity but impede the Truth of God's grace from being recognized and affirmed by us as God's creatures.
And then we come to the authors main thesis; since law makers allow for all of these sexual acts to exist in society, then we should also allow for gay marriage to exist as well. Really? Is this really what this kid is saying? Let me get this straight: since the secular world allows for intrinsic evils to exists, what the Hell! Let's go ahead and add one more evil to the list! After all, what's one more evil on top of all of the other evils, right? >insert facepalm here<
This is the most idiotic, sophomoric and asinine reason for gay marriage I've ever heard. Think about it, what this author is saying can be summed up in the following manner: the Catholic Church catagorizes certain sexual acts as unnatural, homosexual acts happen to be one of them. However, society says it's okay to commit these certain sexual acts, therefore, the Catholic Church should allow for gay marriage because their very own definition of marriage, and what is sexually immoral, is at odds with what the secular world defines it as! (Someone must've forgotten Mark 12:17, especially in light of CCC# 1603)
My favorite line from this author is right near the end when he states:
"Therefore, Catholic lawmakers should either submit a bill redefining marriage along the Catholic Church's lines or, they should allow gay marriage to pass."
The Catholic position needs no legislation because you can't legalize common sense. Think about it, the Church says that divorce is bad but, the secular world says it's okay; nevermind the fact that divorce (more often then not) creates shattered homes. The Catholic Church has always held that birth control is wrong, yet the secular world embraces it; nevermind that over 50% of women who get an abortion were using contraception when they concieved - talk about a crap shoot. The Catholic Church says that homosexual acts are an offense to human dignity and homosexuals are called to live a chaste lifestyle, the secular world says that it's just fine; nevermind the fact that homosexual men are the biggest group of HIV and syphillis infections year after year. The Catholic Church says pornography is sexually immoral, the secular world states that it's good and healthy nevermind the fact that 56% of all divorces have one spouse that is addicted to pornography.
You see when you fall into sin, you fall away from God and when you do fall, the devil inevitably takes you toward another sin to further seperate you from the Truth, so deep will the Adversay take you that before long you either won't know right from wrong or you'll be too spiritually weak to recognize the contrary. I would ask - and I will pray for - the author to look beyond his preconcieved, perhaps indoctrinated, views of who and what the Catholic Church really is. Because the question really isn't whether or not the Catholic Church accepts you, it's whether or not YOU accept the Catholic Church.