Monday, November 22, 2010

Protestant Women Find Refuge in Catholic Church's Teaching on Sexual Morality

"The message was clear, and Catholics (though many would disregard the message) could not in good conscience claim that the use of artificial birth control was 'a grey area.'

Protestants, on the other hand, were all over the map regarding contraception. I consider it a good thing that scripture is our only source of divinely inspired special revelation, but admittedly, the Bible does not “update” (Well…at least it shouldn’t). When new ethical questions arise then, there is not an “infallible”, authoritative, universal structure of doctrinal dissemination to respond to the issue.

Application is left to individuals, pastors, and church leaders, who hopefully, will carefully apply the universal truths found in sacred scripture to the modern situation. However, even if pastors and theologians find the right application, their words are only prescriptive and do not automatically carry the weight of infallibility. “That’s just your interpretation,” we could say to the theologian who comes up with a disagreeable application."

Even among some of the most conservative Evangelical organizations, the message seems to go something like this: ”Human life is sacred, we are not 100% sure if birth control pills cause abortions, so pray for the Holy Spirit’s discernment.” In contrast, the message from Catholic authority and the aforementioned Protestant leaders goes like this, “Human life is sacred, we are not 100% sure if birth control pills cause abortions, so if in doubt, err on the side of life!”

I have the sneaking suspicion that the Holy Spirit would agree with the latter of the two sentiments." >> lol...THIS is what happens when a protestant honestly and humbly goes searching for truth. Her open mind is refreshing to me. I am glad she has found consolation and sound moral advice on life issues within the Catholic Church.