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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Getting what we want? Or standing up for what we believe?

CCC1643 "Conjugal love involves a totality, in which all the elements of the person enter - appeal of the body and instinct, power of feeling and affectivity, aspiration of the spirit and of will. It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility. In a word it is a question of the normal characteristics of all natural conjugal love, but with a new significance which not only purifies and strengthens them, but raises them to the extent of making them the expression of specifically Christian values."152

Just one statement of many (this one taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church), that states why were are opposed to contraception. It's not just a stance the Church took to try and gain political power, it's what we have, and always will believe. To take it away changes the Church into something it's not, and alters the sacrament of marriage into something it is not. (I am talking about marriage as a sacrament here, not a civil marriage)

The Church is not trying to force it's beliefs onto others, but trying to protect and uphold what WE believe in. Because to go against our teachings would be a sin.

We've held the same traditions and beliefs for 2000 years, they won't be changing any time soon.

It's not a matter of "getting what we want" as I've seen so many people put it, but a matter of upholding what we do and always have believed. We have not changed.

If you would like freedom to have free contraception? Fine. Not my choice, but I will not begrudge you it. What I would ask is not to take away my Church's choice to not pay and provide it to you. After all it's what we've been doing all along. We didn't suddenly change the way we felt about it.

It may sound selfish, but this is about us, not you. We're not taking anything away from you, just asking that you don't take away our morals and beliefs from us. The Church is the one being attacked here, not women. And as a women, I am standing with the Church.

The Church has been kicked around for years and years, I've often joked that anti-Catholicism is the "last acceptable prejudice" since it's become so common place to make fun of it. It's not politically correct to make jokes about other faiths, but Catholics? No one bats an eye.

This time though, we're finally standing up, we're had enough of the jokes, and the digs. We're done with the bullies and lack of respect for our beautiful faith. You can try to beat us to the ground, but we will stand together, and will not be broken. This is what we believe, and try as you might, you will not change that.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
        the Only Begotten Son of God,
        born of the Father before all ages.
    God from God, Light from Light,
        true God from true God,
    begotten, not made, consubstantial
       with the Father;
        Through him all things were made.
    For us men and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven,
        and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
        of the Virgin Mary,
        and became man.
    For our sake he was crucified
      under Pontius Pilate,
        he suffered death and was buried,
        and rose again on the third day
        in accordance with the Scriptures.
    He ascended into heaven
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory
        to judge the living and the dead
        and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
    who with the Father and the Son
        is adored and glorified,
        who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic,
     and apostolic Church.
    I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
        and I look forward to the resurrection
        of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

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