Earlier today I witnessed what I would describe as a horrible display of understanding of Church teaching I have ever seen and from “solid” Catholics. My heart is so heavy over this and while not despairing, I am close and clinging to Christ Crucified right now.
We often hear of the tern “cafeteriaÂ Catholic” and it is used to describe those Catholics whoÂ dissentÂ from the teachings of Holy Mother Church on issues of birth control, abortion, and other various sex.ual issues. Â Can’t we say that about Catholics who reject the Catechism and teachings of our Magisterium about just war and torture, along with the teaching onÂ Subsidiarity?
Where is the line? The Just War Doctrine and teachings on torture are pretty cut and dry, as are the teachings on abortion and ho.mosexua.lity. So, how is it that people can decide that Just War and torture are open to “interpretation” and “debate”?
I said to my husband, if Just War and torture are up for debate, then why can’t using a non-abortifacient birth control be on the table too? It seems to me that if I leave one clear teaching open for debate then the rest become debatable too.
I have read more this election cycle on Catholic Church teaching than I have read in years. I have read theÂ Catechism, I have combed through encyclicals, I have read the recent writings of the current Holy Father. Nothing I have read shows that there is a gray area, so I am wondering where does this idea come from?
I’d really like to have a serious debate about this but I get shut down and told I am judging the hearts of men when I don’t know what he is confessing. I am being defriended by people I have known for years, I have been told I am going to hell, I am being called the devil and worse, but I am not getting answers to these questions.