The major problem for the married believers in the Catholic faith is that Human Vitae neglects their ability to make moral decisions. Paul VI claims that contraception limits a person’s human totality and integrity. However, the reality is that the Church is limiting this principle of human existence by assuming the common man is incapable of making the correct moral choice. For example Paul VI states , “…how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” (Human Vitae 8). It is absurd to believe that all moral problems in our society can be attributed to the introduction of birth control methods.
In fact, four-in-ten Americans think that there’s been too much expression of religion or prayer from our political leaders. In 2010, the majority thought that there was not enough religion, but the numbers have been switching sides from all political parties (Miller 1). Recent polls state that, “Slightly more than half of the public (38%) says that churches should keep out of politics” (Miller 1). If that is not enough facts to sway politicians, then they need to look at Americas young adults. About half of college graduates agree that there has been too much religion in politics, which is up 14% from a few years ago.
As a Catholic, Paul is required to attend mass each Sunday as well as six other holy days of obligation. These days are The Ascension of Our Lord, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, All Saints Day, The Sol... ... middle of paper ... ...illing seem fairly universal among Americans. However, I have been surprised to learn the various differences in how we come to make our ethical decisions and how many interpretations of right and wrong there really are. In conclusion, I would say that my belief that ethics are not necessarily connected to religion has been confirmed. Paul explained to me that despite the fact that he was raised in a devout Catholic family he doesn’t credit his ethics to his religion but rather to his life experiences.
By judging human actions or the spirit of God by cold laws enforced by the Church, we lose important insight into what our faith and our existence are truly about. Even the Church, in its humanness, sometimes forgets that love of God, others, and ourselves should be the core of every decision we make. The Church that many see as harsh and archaic could easily be refreshed and renewed, not by peppier music or stand-up comic priests, but by emphasis on the spirit of love rather than the letter of the law. Of course, as a Catholic, I am not opposed to the Church’s traditions, nor do I see them as inadequate. Since the Church is a human institution meant to represent the divine and is not divine itself, however, I feel that there must be room for improvement.
From my perspective, having been born and raised Catholic, I feel that Catholicism strongly disfavors any exploration of other religions or even tolerance of additional religions. I feel that this intolerance is subtly communicated to worshipers. Even if this intolerance it not communicated, there are not measures taken to inform worshipers about other religious practices. This stance is probably ... ... middle of paper ... ...ery emotional responses such as tears. However, this should not be a discouragement because all Catholics are very sensitive to this dramatic difference in celebrating God and it does take time to get use to.
It emerged from it a modern Church, tolerant and accepting of other religions, accessible to the laity and ready to grip with this age of reason over faith. I contend that the Vatican II council, while not being perfect or perhaps as progressive as it should have been, was just what the Catholic Church needed if it intended to maintain its status as one of the largest denominations on Earth. This paper is divided up in to two portions, the first a historical account of events of the council and the second an analysis of the most important of the 16 documents approved by the assembled Fathers and their effect on the Catholic Church. WHAT HAPPENED On January 25th 1959, Pope John XXIII announced that he was assembling what was to be the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. He proclaimed to his closest advisors that the purpose of the council would be “to proclaim the truth, bring Christians closer to the faith, and contribute at the same time to peace and prosperity on earth.” Pope John immediately made it very clear that his papal reign, which up until this point was considered rather inconsequential, was going to make a difference.
The government will not suffer a loss of billions of dollars in revenue and a sense of stability will be implemented into the minds of America's citizens. Exposition of the Situation: 1) Exempting churches from taxation makes the government indirectly a supporter of religion. This violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. 2) The United States churches own $300-$500 billion in untaxed property. “New York's nonpartisan independent budget office determined in July 2011 that New York City alone loses $627 million in property tax revenue.” Certainty: Making it mandatory instead of excluding churches from property tax will help America out immensely in her economic distress.
Voltaire fought for basic religious freedom. He claimed that if god created the Catholic religion and god loves all people, then why does the Catholic religion have the right to torment other religions. As a result of this, Voltaire was exiled. John Lock also fought for human rights. He thought that government should protect the people.
Many of them are saying that the Cross should not even been emphasize; that the Cross is a form of idolatry; that the Cross is an inconceivable child abuse; and some of the leaders even have gone to the extreme. However, Christians need to understand the necessity of the Cross for their Salvation. Because, “Through Christ’s death on the cross, those who turn to Him are delivered from both the penalty and the power of sin.” (1 Peter 2:24)
The government should separate the church from state, because it is safer, the bible says to, and it would be unconstitutional if we did not have this separation. To begin, it is safer because if you join the church and the state it will all end up bad. For example, In Europe the monarchy government allowed the church to be united with its king and queen. This all wet downhill when the church made it a mandatory thing, to give money to the church, or go to jail. As well it would be safer for the church and state to be separate because it can lead to fights.