Defense of How the Catholic Church has Kept Up with the Times
of the Churchs opponents complain that She is old-fashioned and
stubbornly locked in Her ways. For example, they often point to Her
refusal to budge from Her long-standing teachings on birth control.
One simply has to wonder how these people can think that their few hours
of recreational philosophizing can stand up to the framework for
understanding the moral reprehensibility of birth control that has been
constructed over centuries by celibate priests who have plumbed the bible
for penetrating nuggets of wisdom.
even on topics as critical to salvation as birth control, the Church has
not been inflexible to the needs of Her flock. Condoms are naturally
banned because every action which proposes to render procreation
impossible is intrinsically evil (2370, Catechism of the Catholic
Church). Generously, the Church has proscribed the rhythm method,
which of course is not evil because only a fool would actually consider it
capable of preventing pregnancy.
Church is equally lenient in Her understanding on other important issues.
For example, She recognizes that the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy
could no longer mean that we should not work because people need to have
someplace to go to breakfast after mass. She has also shifted the
Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday so that mass could be celebrated at the
beginning of the week instead of at the end, allowing priests to shift the
focus of their homilies from how the flock screwed up during the week to
how to avoid screwing up in the first place. Finally, She continues
to show great empathy with Her flock by having reduced the number of times
a year one must keep the Sabbath holy by going to mass from 52 to 4,
including Christmas and Easter.
Church has also publicly recognized that truth is not absolute but has a
simple relative quality dependent upon time and place. For example,
for centuries the earth was the center of a tiny universe and masturbation
caused blindness. Another example is that taking the Lords name
in vain used to mean, to unenlightened Hebrews, that you should never say
Gods name (a trick they achieved by dropping all the vowels from His
name, thereby making it unpronounceable). Today, true believers are
encouraged to put Gods name everywhere, from billboards to WWJD
playground kickballs. What matters most, of course, is an impressive stand
with the truth and not backing down to whatever is currently considered to
be the lies of Satan.
particularly ignorant group of trouble-stirrers are Feminists who bad
mouth the Church. Despite the fact that God clearly has only a Fatherly,
Sonly, or Neutral aspect, the Church has taken an impressively
forward-thinking stand on the role of women by separating them from the
ox, ass, and manservant and giving them their own commandment.
Feminists also fail to note that the Church has done away with the little
hats Paul dictated women wear to mass or that men are encouraged not to
lord it over their wives that it is the husband who really has the voice
that counts and that the wife is subservient to him.
Church has also made efforts to update our Lords words where they might
be confusing. The commandment Have no other Gods before me needed
clarification since we all know that God is limited to three persons in
the Trinity, a doctrine clearly outlined in the bible. As a consequence,
all petitions and requests for forgiveness must go through the proper
channels of a priest, for you cannot find God without Jesus, cant find
Jesus without the Spirit, and cant find the Spirit without the Church.
Another example is how the Church has altered the Lords Prayer from
Jesus original, adding important clarifications such as who Art in
Heaven for those who might have been confused and thought God actually
spent any time on earth with us and on earth as it is in heaven
which makes a nice tie in with the Churchs sole basis for Her authority
with that keys of the kingdom stuff and what you hold bound on earth, I
hold bound in heaven.
the Church does seem to lapse in inspiration and take a step backwards,
such as when She mandated that men could only marry one woman. One the
flip side, however, one must really admire the extraordinary leniency of
the ecclesiastical body when they redefined the word marriage to
allow people to actually get married without having children as their sole
motive, although the damned homosexuals would take advantage of the
Churchs progressive nature and completely soil any meaning the word has
left if they could.
Her Divine insight, there are still issues the Church struggles with, such
as adultery. Since marriages outside the Church arent recognized, sex
with a nonbeliever clearly isnt adultery. Additionally, whenever good
Catholics use annulment to get around the No divorce mandate,
thereby saying the marriage never took place, they suddenly find
themselves in the hot water of having committed adultery instead.
The Church has hopes, however, for a philosopher of the caliber of Aquinas
to come along and rescue them.