catholic teachings

yesterday i had kids stay for tutoring and, unless they really need it, i basically run my tutoring as a study hall/catch up space, so i was at my desk and doing my own thing and some kids were chatting

this one kid is gay and out, and he’s talking to another kid and trying to convince him to admit that he’s gay as well, and the other kid is just denying, denying, denying. and like, i don’t know either way, can’t really tell if the other kid is or not, but the first kid was like, “just be confident with your identity! it only took me a couple months to be okay with mine!” 

and without even thinking, i kind of blurted, “it took me 35 years to figure out mine.”

now i’m not really out to my kids, but i’m not really not. i just don’t really bring it up and i wear my bi pin on my lanyard. kids who know what it is recognize it and those who don’t just think it’s a pretty pin (which it is, the bi pride colors are the prettiest). i didn’t make an announcement at the beginning of the year or anything. but everything stopped for like 4 seconds and this one girl was like, “your identity? what are you?”

and another girl was like, “you’re bi, aren’t you?” so i nodded. “i KNEW IT!” 

and then everyone went back to work like it was nothing.

honestly, why can’t coming out just be this easy all the time? with people who just accept you and move on? so anyway, that’s the story of how i came out to about 8 students and nobody batted an eye

Don't try and make a geneticist teach creationism in a biology course.

This happened with my old biology teacher when I was in high school. Overall the science curriculums where I live are pretty good, but there is one minor part (~1 lesson) in the evolution syllabus where students have to learn about and discuss alternate explanations for the origin of life (which lets be honest is primarily referring to abrahamic creationism). If I had to guess, the writers of the course probably didn’t particularly want to include this part but were pressured into including it, most likely by a Catholic group (the education system here has very strong roots historical in Catholicism and their influence can still be felt, one of the most popular subjects was created entirely so that catholic schools could freely teach religion at school).

Anyway, this particular part of the course was pretty neutral on exactly what alternate, non-scientific theory you could teach, but intelligent design is clearly the expected lesson. Its what is included in the textbooks and what almost every teacher teachers in that lesson, except for mine. My teacher, a former geneticist, had no intent of teaching us about creationism. Instead, we had a fascinating lesson on Aboriginal dreamtime stories, and discussing the varying beliefs of different indigenous groups throughout Australia. He taught us exactly what the syllabus required, although not what it had intended.

The Day of the Dead

PrAlthough new Sicilian generations celebrate Halloween nowadays, there’s another upcoming feast that I want like to tell you about: 

The Day of the Dead (U Jornu Ri Morti).

It occurs on the 2nd of November and it is special day in which Sicilian families remember and honour their deceased loved ones. 

On this occasion I will make a vocabulary list about this Sicilian tradition:

  • Candles: Cannili;
  • Sugar: Zuccaru;
  • Sugar Puppets: Pupi ri zuccaru;
  • Present: Rialu;
  • Basket: Cannistru;
  • Marzapan fruit:  Frutti ri martorana;
  • Bones of the death: Ossa ri morti (Despite their name, they are Sicilian biscuits baked to celebrate the Day of the Dead each year);
  • Cimitery: Campusantu;
  • To pray: Priari;
  • To remember: Arricurdari;

On this occasion the older children used to say a prayer to ask for more present to their deceased loved ones:

“Animi santi, animi santi,
Io sugnu unu e vuiautri síti tanti:
Mentri sugnu ‘ntra stu munnu di guai
Cosi di morti mittitimìnni assai.”

“Holy souls, holy souls, 
I am one person while you’re so many:
While I am in this world full of troubles,
Therefore, please give me many Day-of-the-dead treats.”

The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live; (…) the heart is the place “to which I withdraw.” The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter, because as image of God we live in relation: it is the place of covenant.
—  Catechism of the Catholic Church 2563

Why Jesus Never Talked About Homosexuality

Full Question

        Jesus himself never mentioned anything about homosexuality being a sin. Can we therefore conclude that it is not sinful?        

Answer

It has become popular today in some circles to claim that because Jesus never said anything about homosexual sexual activity, it must be okay. However, there’s a good reason none of the Gospels records Jesus directly mentioning it: in ancient Israel, no one disputed it was wrong.

Numerous sources from ancient Judaism reject homosexual relations. There was no debate in Jesus’ time and thus it was probably never an issue or question that was posed to Jesus. If Jesus wanted to challenge this aspect of Jewish theology, he most certainly could have done so.

Jesus does, however, say quite clearly that God created man and woman for each other in marriage (Matt. 19:4-5). The only time Jesus mentions sexual activity as part of God’s plan is within the marriage of a man and woman.

Jews

I have noticed a surprising, and rather unsettling trend among Catholics; not just among liberal Catholics, but among even those Catholics who call themselves traditionalists. This trend is friendliness to Judaism, to Jews, and to Zionism. I do not refer to ethnic Jews of course, of which I am one. Rather, to religious Jews. Many Catholics are under the false idea that Jews are saved; or that Zionism or Judaism should be looked upon kindly. They are not, and they should not be.

First and foremost is this not only false, but extremely dangerous belief, that Jews should be treated with friendship, like brothers in faith. This is the same sort of treatment given even to those heretics of the Eastern Churches, who at the very least profess our Creed. This friendliness to the Eastern faiths is an error also, but that’s a topic for another post. This attitude is staunchly contrary to Catholic teaching. We must come to realize, and practice, the Venerable Pius XII’s suggestion on the matter, that all those who separate themselves from the true and Catholic faith should be ostracized as “publicans and heathens” (Mystici Corporis Christi, paragraph 22). They are not to be respected as faithful, and their faith is to be utterly detested, as a harm to the salvation of men and to the ecclesiastical unity proper to the Bride of Christ.

Next, is the friendliness to Judaism itself. As above, false faiths, such as Judaism, are to be utterly detested, as a harm to the salvation of men and to the ecclesiastical unity proper to the Bride of Christ. And, yes, Judaism is indeed a harm to salvation.

Which brings me to my next point: the false idea that Jews are saved. The Church has long enforced the dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus; “Outside the Church, There is no Salvation”. This applies to Jews as well. How can we know this for sure? Because the Council of Florence spoke explicitly on the matter. In fact, in the Papal Bull (issued Ex Cathedra, under prerequisite of Papal Infallibility, and which was affirmed by the ecumenical council, infallibly) Cantate Domino, Pope Eugene explained that any and all aspects of the Jewish faith or Law were completely “alien to the Christian faith”, and that simply the practice of them, even for non-religious reasons in the case of Jewish Law, could prevent the attainment of salvation. Even those who procured circumcisions were decreed “entirely unfit to participate in salvation.

And, finally, is the friendliness to, or even the profession of Zionism. This contradicts the Church teaching on such a matter; Zionism is heresy, plainly put. Zionism denies that the Church is the New Israel; the True Israel; and thereby, that Christians are the true Jews (cf. Rev. 3). This is an old Church teaching, however it is summed up most recently by the Catechism we have today. This is taught in CCC 877.

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The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7). By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed”.(14) || Rosarium Virginis Mariae 12

My Coming Out Experiences

I think there’s something to be said about this comparison.

My great aunt, who used to teach at catholic schools:
*I come out to her a couple days ago*
“I had my suspicious, it’s not like it’s a choice you were born this way. Do what makes you happy.“
*she then proceeds to ask me questions about my identity in an effort to learn more*

My mother, who considers herself to be a very liberal parent and an ally to the LGBT cause because she had gay friends in the 90s:
*I come out to her when I’m 13*
“No your not, those people go through real struggles and you don’t. You’re too young to know that anyway.“
~fast forward~
*something about my odd behaviour comes into conversation when I’m 14*
*I come out to her again, explaining it has to do with my identity*
“Kay, no you’re not, you’re straight because (insert stereotype here)”
*from this moment on I decide I can’t talk to her about my identity and my feelings on it*
~fast forward~
* I am beginning to be active in my local LGBTQ+ community, I post political articles about it on my facebook, and I make a painting about erased queer identities for a social justice themed art show when I’m 16*
*I have my mom pick me up from the art show early, I’m upset about homophobic response to my art from the director. I wasn’t aware the show was being held at a catholic school*
*when we get home she lectures me*
“What is all this fixation you have with gay pride!? You post about it non stop on your facebook, family members are calling me wondering if you’re trying to convey something through all this! If there’s something you need to tell me, you need to tell me now.”
*I come out to her, noting that I’ve already come out to her before*
“Why can’t you just be normal!? Where did I go wrong!? I’m never going to have grandkids!” (That last statement doesn’t even make sense with what my identity is btw)
*she sends me to my room and looks up definitions on Wikipedia*
*She begrudgingly resigns to the fact of me being what I am*
*She sets up social restrictions for me, such as I’m banned from any sleepovers, and I’m not allowed to be alone with any of my friends. If I hang out with friends it has to be at my house and it can’t be in my room*

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queersandcommies  asked:

Purely out of interest, why is homosexuality a sin?

First of all, we must distinguish homosexual desires from homosexual acts. Experiencing sexual attraction to a person of the same sex is not inherently sinful, but engaging in any form of sexual activity with that person is. An individual may or may not be able to control the former, but the latter is a deliberate choice. Only things which we choose can be sinful.

As for why homosexual acts are sinful, human sexuality has a dual purpose: it is intended both for the unity of the spouses and for procreation. The catechism tells us that “the union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator’s generosity and fecundity”. (CCC 2335) When a husband and wife have sex, each makes a total gift of self to the other, and they are at least open to the possibility of creating a new human life. Any sexual activity that is not ordered towards both of these ends is sinful because it works against God’s plan for nature, the dual purpose for which human sexuality was created.

For this reason, the Church condemns as sinful any sexual activity outside the commitment of marriage (a sin against unity), sexual activity between two men or two women (a sin against fecundity), and the use of contraception (a sin against both).

For further reading, the relevant passages from the Catechism are paragraphs 369-372 on the creation of man and woman, 2331-2336 on human sexuality, and 2357-2359 on homosexuality.

In religious debates about homosexuality you’ll often see the levitical prohibition cited as the scriptural justification, but the creation of man and woman in Genesis 2 is actually the foundation of the Catholic teachings on sexuality and marriage. The idea of Adam and Eve before the fall as the divinely intended ideal for marriage is reinforced by Christ in his response to the pharisees questioning him about divorce in Matthew 9.

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MikoChiyo Week 2017: Day 5 - Laughter/Jealousy

“Sakura, why are you so cute? Stop it!” Mikorin accidentally blurts out. “Wait,” he panics, “Did I just say that out loud?!”

And so Mikorin receives this response. Afterwards, Chiyo can’t stop laughing for hours. She’s actually very pleased.

Catholic High School was bizarre, though. Oh, that sex ed video.

*Teacher* “We will teach you about how children are made. But we will not, as a Catholic school, however, teach you about contraception.”

*guy in class* “How many kids do you have?” 

*Teacher, who had been married for many, many years* “Two.”

*guy in class* “Two.”

Everyone went quiet. It was genuinely uncomfortable.

If only he had been more attractive and hadn’t been nasty and teased me about my hair. I think I’d have married him.