Friday, September 23, 2005

1000 Words

3 comments:

John B. said...

Tommyspoon:

I left some comments on my blog in response to your comments on my blog on this issue...

I think that once you understand the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality, you will see how this editorial comic strip is misleading. I don't say that you have to agree with the teachings, just understand them.

By the way, the issue is with the sinfulness of homosexuality...not the sinner. Both scripture and Church teaching are pretty clear on the issue.

Again, you may not agree with the Catholic teaching on the subject, but be aware that the Catholic teaching on the subject is often misrepresented in the media, and that the Catholic Church does have the right to teach what it wants, as do other religions.

Joe said...

John,

Comments on the sin and the sinner left on your blog. Personally, I do not believe this is a misleading representation of Church teachings, or if it is, it is actually a charitable mistelling.

My feeling about your last point is that all religions have the right to teach what they wish, and to ordain whom they wish. But they are also all open to criticism from outside, and we'll learn a lot from their reactions..

tommyspoon said...

John,

Firstly, please know that I am not in the business of running roughshod over anyone's faith. I have plenty of friends who are of the Catholic or ex-Catholic persuasion, and c'mon, if I REALLY had problems with the Church I wouldn't have attended CUA for my MFA!

I found Toles' cartoon funny not because of the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality, but because of its increasing difficulty attracting new blood to the priesthood. This month's Esquire features a photospread on married Catholic priests, so I found the cartoon to be somewhat topical and it struck my funnybone. As difficult a week as this past one has been, anything that makes me chuckle is going to attract my attention.

Now, let it be known that you are under no obligation to justify your beliefs to me. Faith is humanity's most intimate expression of emotion and is immune from criticism, as far as I am concerned.

My problems with the Catholic church are no different than my problems with ANY organized religion: too may rules for my taste. I try to keep my spiritual life simple, all those rules just get in my way. My spiritual life is my own business and I tend not to discuss it much. I feel that we are way too complex to be easily pigeon-holed into a particular denomination. But that's just me.