June 3, 2009 at 12:37 am #1921
I was never baptised, but grew up in a Catholic family. I have been interested in learning more about Catholic beliefs and becoming Catholic (I’ve spoken to various churchs about attending RCIA).
My question is this:
I’m a relatively liberal, feminist person. I disagree about some of the Catholic teachings. For example, termination of pregnant (I talk about this with people as part of my job), contraception, and premarital sex (of engaged couples).
Can I even become Catholic if I have these beliefs? Or would that be hipocritical? I want the faith and guidance of the church, but I don’t want to lie to anyone (God, the church, myself) about these disagreements. What do I do? I really appreciate your advice and insight.
Thank you!June 3, 2009 at 3:53 am #9368
My suggestions would include the following. Set aside some time each day to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit, that you be open to seeking truth. That truth may or may not agree with what you now hold to be true, in both matters of Religious Faith, or Morals.
You may find out that the objections you have to Church teachings are answered during the course of the Classes, and either look at the teachings from a perspective that you did not consider previously, or it could be that the teachings either do not make sense to you now, because they have been presented to you based on someones opinons that are not the same as the constant teaching of the Church. In this way, you can make a real informed decision.
Inquiry does not mean that you start out believing in everything the Church teaches, it simply means that you are seeking to know, and when you do so prayerfully, with an open heart, you will find the answer you are seeking.
Welcome here, poke around, ask questions, make yourself at home.June 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm #9371
Thanks! I appreciate the reply!
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