The Papists

Apologetics and Evengelization
  • June 3, 2012 4:44 pm
    Anonymous:  I am trying desperately to be open minded and understand the conservative and religious point of view (as I am very liberal and atheist). I understand that it is against your beliefs to use contraceptives and a Catholic wouldn't want to pay for contraceptives because of the belief of life-giving acts, etc. However, what about when birth control is used for health reasons? Some people need birth control for hormonal, or other (possibly dangerous) issues. What if they can't afford it on their own?

    Hey anon! Sorry for taking so long, I wanted to make this as good as possible. I want to start off by letting you know that I greatly appreciate your desire to maintain open minded. I respect that very much. 

    In regards to oral birth control, it is morally acceptable to use it if your intention is for corrective purposes and not for contraception. Oral birth control does have alternative uses that do improve the health of a woman; it could be little things such as acne and regulating abnormal menstrual cycles, or it could be more serious, such as Endometriosis and Polycistic Ovary Syndrome. In these cases the medicine should not be described as “birth control” because it is not the intention; it is a medicine with a side-effect of suppressed fertility.

    The issue with the Mandate is that it forces companies who give healthcare to their employees to cover multiple forms of contraception. The reason why the pill is on there to begin with is because it is used as a contraceptive. I doubt that the people who wrote this mandate were thinking about the alternative uses for oral birth control (my own opinion). 

    Keep in mind that the Church’s goal is not to out law the covering of birth control, but we don’t want the Government to force employers to cover certain things, especially if it infringes on the conscience of the employer. I’m sure we can all agree that we don’t want the government to make us do things we don’t want to do.

    The thing is, no one needs birth control. I realize that it can be a very good option when being used to correct something, but as far as I know, almost every medical condition has multiple ways of being treated. I know Jordan, one of the contributors here on The Papists, used to take an oral contraceptive for corrective purposes and decided to change her medication. 

    So if a woman can’t afford oral birth control and wants to use it for corrective purposes but works for a company that doesn’t cover it, she could still find another option that would be covered by her healthcare.  Furthermore she has the ability to choose whether or not she wants to be covered by the company and can even choose not to work for the company.

    The Catholic Church is all about helping people, She would never leave someone without more than one option. 

    -Javi

    P.S. Your question on abortion should be coming out soon. 

  • May 16, 2012 8:11 am
    lilithsplayground:  So if it is okay if you try to legislate your faith's subjective morality into law, is it not okay for me to do the same?

    - Our faith’s morality is not subjective.

    - Morality is legislated all the time. Murder, theft, lying (perjury, fraud), sexual assault, and many other immoral acts are justly legislated against.

    - If it’s gay marriage you’re worried about, I personally have spent more time on tumblr lately than I care to count trying to explain to people that the government has no legitimate authority to regulate marriage at all. As Niko pointed out, the whole point is that citizens, especially Catholic citizens, are concerned with making just laws. A just law does not deny someone a legal right. Marriage is not a right and certainly not a legal right, but the legal benefits tied up with civil marriage licenses are. Catholics have no interest in denying anyone their legal right to name a partner of their choosing for governmental/money/etc recognition/reasons, because all human beings as citizens have the right to name whatever consenting adult they choose to that position. But that is all the government should be doing in regards to people’s personal relationships, whether those relationships are maritalhomosexual, or otherwise, because that is all the government has the authority to regulate: legal matters. And relationships, including marriage, are not a legal, governmental matter.

    God bless you.

  • February 20, 2012 8:55 pm

    A Call to Arms in the War on Christianity

    To say that Christianity is fighting for its life is not merely an understatement, it is THE understatement. The tenets of the Church are unwavering, virtuous and justly so, but Christianity is in a fight for its life nonetheless. The fight has been taken to the people, to those who believe and disbelieve, and it is they who are the battleground; riddled in corruption and mired in pestilence, they have become the place whereby all Christianity stands to fall.

    The war on Christianity is rampant, unrelenting and is more apparent now than it has ever been. It is clearly evident in the Obama administration’s HHS mandate; a clear infringement on the orthodoxy of all Catholic institutions and many others. It is evident when we are just hearing reports that six religious leaders were arrested for kneeling and praying in solidarity in front of the gates of the White House. All the while for months Occupy This-or-That protestors defiled public and private property and raged a verbal and cyber war against private and public enterprises. We see it in our schools and places of employment, where we are all too familiar with the boilerplate scenarios of people being fired or disciplined for publicly praying or posting a copy of the Ten Commandments. Examples can be strewn ad infinitum. But these great, shining examples of the war are hardly the greatest in consequence. Christianity is on the decline in the United States; Christianity is virtually dead in Europe. Where is it alive in society? In Africa there were only nine million Christians in 1900, yet in 2000 that continent boasted 380 million Christians. No other place can claim such a great and vast rise in such a small period of time. The Church now maintains over 135 million members on the continent alone; and where are we? Tearing away at the fringes of our foundation by the fraying course we have undertaken by which our iniquity and impulses have nourished our appetite for the damnation of the self.

    I don’t mean, singularly, eternal damnation (though that is quite the obvious outcome), what I mean to say is that we have damned ourselves in every thought and action; every choice that distances what we believe from the truth of Christianity. The pervading sexualization of society is hardly a perverse pariah that haunts our union with God; it has diminished the family; it has plagued and tarnished the purity of the individual. Everywhere we contrast reality from God and say that orthodoxy plays no role, that nothing in Christianity has set the precedent already. Hobbes’ Civil Society is in full swing and this is it: the final shudder of what it means to live.

    True and devout Christians remain, constantly reaffirming their unity with the Church, but they grow in endangerment in and out of every day. They’ve come to symbolize the sheep that some skeptics have christened Christians to be; purposely advancing every cause without conflict, with ease, without a shred of the burden of the matter. Believer or not, we are all responsible for the state of Christianity. And it is in the understanding of the sheer weight and gravity of our circumstances that we must make a call for a revolution because at this very point in our society and our hearts God lays crippled under the feet of Satan. Chesterton wrote, “In the upper world hell once rebelled against heaven. But in this world heaven is rebelling against hell. For the orthodox there can always be a revolution; for a revolution is a restoration.”

    Revolutions are not won by mere smiles and self-congratulations; they are not achieved through the nostrum of pity either. Revolutions restore what is true and right through the rectitude of actions, the fervency of words and the refusal to submit to the perfidious temptations that come from within and without. Building is a task that can take years and every ounce of life, but destruction comes about as a result of the avarice of a single action. Only when we live in union, speak in conjunction and compel with the rawness of human emotion can we abate what is inherently evil, the things that shroud all light. Given the chance, a speck of that light can garner people, who through their own free will will walk from the encasing hands of darkness.

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is our greatest ally in salvaging the sinking ship, but in its use we must remain cognizant of the fact that coercion and violation beget nothing more than a pyrrhic victory. Some have already hurt our cause by violating and disturbing without provocation, by not following the examples that were laid before the diminution of faith and morality. We can no longer wage war with malice and contempt, but rather, through the virtuousness of reasonable actions. And in those actions Divine Providence will guide us and those against us and those unaware they stand against us. While ultimately excluded, in the first draft of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We might have been a free and great people together.” We may still yet, but we cannot hope to be free in this enclosed wilderness. And so, the war for restoration must be waged by us, the very people who are responsible for a need to restore. Idle no more.

    -Chris

  • January 30, 2012 3:44 pm
  • January 27, 2012 3:46 pm

    The Lazy Catholic Activist’s Quick-Fix Guide to Writing Congress

    badwolfcomplex:

    My fellow American Catholics: You’ve heard about the new contraception mandate, right? How the government is forcing Catholic organizations to buy products that violate the Church, their consciences, and the True Faith? This is unconstitutional, but if we don’t protest, nothing will be done about it. 

    Fortunately, protesting and contacting Congress just got 100% easier. If you want to be part of the resistance, just follow these four easy steps:

    1. CLICK THIS LINK. This is the NCHLA website describing the contraception mandate and why it’s a problem. Right at the top of the page is a button that says: Send E-mail to Congress. Click it!

    2. The form page that loads in a new window has two forms: one for your representatives and one for your senators. There are three boxes to write your letter in: opening, body, and closing. Beneath the read more cut, I’ve included a letter you can copy and paste into those boxes. I borrowed the text of Bishop Zubik’s letter and the single paragraph that loads with the form urging Congress to sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179), which will ensure that the rights of conscience of all participants in our nation’s health care system will be respected. And I added my own comments. Feel free to edit any or all of it, but if you’re crunched for time or unsure what to say, send as-is.

    3. Fill in your information at the bottom: name, address, email. It’s nothing the government doesn’t already know, especially if you’re a registered voter. If you’re under 18, write anyway! If you’re concerned they’ll dismiss you because you’re not a voter, mention your parents, or any other 18+ relative in that district.

    4. Click send. 

    It’s that easy! There’s absolutely no excuse for Catholic Americans to let this slide. Even if you’re conflicted about or disagree with Church teachings on contraception and abortion, bear this in mind: once one person’s religious freedom is taken away, it is ever more likely that yours will be next. America was founded on freedom for religionnot freedom from religion.

    Here’s the letter. Godspeed!

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