The Five Non-Negotiable Issues for Catholics

Are you Catholic? It’s important to know what the five non-negotiables of our Faith are. Some issues may have a gray area, or room for interpretation, but these five do not; they are always intrinsically evil.

1. Abortion
2. Euthanasia
3. Same-sex marriage
4. Embryonic stem cell research
5. Cloning

If we wish to be Catholics in good standing with Mother Church, and carry on Christ’s Work, we must never support any of these things, personally or otherwise. We must put aside our party affiliations, and only vote for candidates who oppose these five intrinsic evils.

If we as a Church came together and truly supported the teachings of our Faith in every situation, we would change the world.

As I kneel before Thee on the Cross,
most loving Saviour of my soul,
my conscience reproaches me
for having nailed Thee to that cross with these hands of
as often as I have fallen into mortal sin,
wearying Thee with my monstrous ingratitude.
My God, my chief and most perfect good,
worthy of all my love because thou hast ever loaded me
with blessings,
I cannot now undo my misdeeds,
as I would most willingly;
but I will loathe them grieving greatly for having
offended Thee…

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Chastity and Repression

I think it is ironic that those who disagree with the Church on issues of sexuality  think she is repressing her children in some way, as if being allowed to sleep with whoever you want whenever you want is somehow superior to exercising self control. I’ve read the argument before that people are just animals and there is no reason to expect  that they should resist their primal urges to sex, whenever they feel the urge. Seriously?  One of the things, among many, that separates people from animals is our ability to control our basal urges, instincts, and emotions.  It’s an insult to people on a whole to think that self control is an impossibility, especially regarding the urge to mate. Mastery of one’s urges is a mark of maturity, of freedom, and we generally think of those who don’t have control over themselves as delayed or deprived in some way.

Those who dissent from the Church on issue of sexual immorality, will often urge those struggling with purity to leave the Church and define their own rules as to what is good and right. For practicing Catholics, though, this is as insulting as being told that the Church is repressing their sexuality. For many Catholics, religion is as important as- if not more important than- any other aspect of their identity. Many embrace their Catholic identity, putting that before any other adjectives they might use to describe themselves. The irony is that they are, in fact, being told to repress themselves, the deepest level of themselves that is searching for God.

Mother Church asks for chastity from all her children, regardless of age, gender, state in life, sexual orientation, and vocation.Sometimes the way chastity is expressed is different in one vocation from another, but that doesn’t mean that the standard of chastity is any less strict for that person. Like any good mother the Church knows what is best for her children and doesn’t set rules to prohibit her children from fun, but for their temporal good and the eternal good of their souls. Chastity is a virtue to be strived for, not a burden to be carried.

“Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house.”

Visitors had to leave the Sistine Chapel earlier than usual on the afternoon of March 26 — before 4:00 p.m. — and not because of some exclusive VIP event. A group of around 150 homeless were granted a private visit before being offered supper inside the Vatican Museums’ cafeteria. They were separated into three groups, with a guide showing the masterpiece of Michelangelo as part of a tour of the Vatican’s museums and gardens. The session also included passing close by Santa Marta’s residence, where Pope Francis lives and works.

After the visit, Francis greeted the homeless: “Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house.” He then spent 20 minutes meeting his special guests, one by one.

He asked them to pray for him saying, “I need prayers from people like you.”
“It was a great surprise meeting him,” said Graziella, one of the homeless visitors, to the Italian news agency ANSA. “The pope was smiling a lot but above all I was struck by his humility. Who else would have done this? Nobody. I always go to church but I have never experienced such humanity and humility.”

Story time!

I remember when I was 8 years old, I met an atheist for the first time.  I attended this after school program that I’d stay at for a few hours each day until my mother got out of work and could come pick me up.  One day I was coloring with a friend of mine, Angela.  I have no idea how two kids our age started talking about God (I think it was around Christmas time) but she told me that her parents didn’t believe in Him and neither did she.  I just sat there confused for a minute.  At that age, I knew that people practiced other religions besides Christianity, but I still didn’t really understand the concept of someone having no religion at all.

After just kind of sitting and thinking, I asked her, “If you don’t believe in God then how do you pray?” and she said, “I don’t.”  I remember being really sad about this.  I asked her if she had ever even tried before and she said no, so I asked her to try it just once.  I kind of got a “yeah whatever” vibe from her.  A few days later I was outside with some other kids and she came up to me.  She said she’d been praying and that she actually really liked it, and she “thinks she believes in God now.”

14 years later, she’s one of my best friends and her and I attend Mass together each Sunday.