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Old Feb 10, '11, 12:56 pm
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Default Am I a Catholic if I'm not sorry I flouted Catholic morality?

I could go into a lot of detail, but I will get straight to the point of my post. I am a born and raised Catholic but have a few major disagreements with the Catholic religion. I am supposed to be sorry for this but I definitely am not. Does this make me a bad Catholic or does it mean I should not call myself a Catholic at all?

The Catholic Church is the only place I could ever imagine calling my faith home, but in light of recent disagreements I have with it, I wonder if I can call myself a Catholic anymore. I look at political affiliations and can't think of very many people who back one group's belief 100% of the time. Is it the same with being a Catholic or is it all or nothing?

I'm posting because my wife and I had children through in vitro fertilization. Nothing else was for us. The Church looks at it as a mortal sin and feels I should be sorry for having our three little miracles. I will never be sorry for this and feel that if God didn't want us to have children through this method he wouldn't have allowed it.

Am I still a Catholic or should I no longer attend a Catholic church and simply become an "independent" Christian?

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Old Feb 10, '11, 2:39 pm
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Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold is offline
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Default Re: Am I a Catholic if I'm not sorry I flouted Catholic morality?

The answer to your question is yes, you are still a Catholic given these circumstances. You have chosen to injure your communion with the Church through impenitence for what you know to be mortal sin, but that does not mean that you are not Catholic.

Perhaps you should be asking yourself some other questions: Why do you care if you're Catholic? Despite protests to the contrary, are you starting to feel uncomfortable with choosing to do something you know full well the Church doesn't allow? Have you ever given careful consideration to why the Church teaches that in vitro fertilization is a sin? Have you given thought to the idea that just because man can do something does not mean that God approves of it?

The Church has very serious reasons why it objects to in vitro fertilization, and many of those reasons concern the rights of children and not the desires of parents. The Church believes that children are a gift from God, so much so that they can never be considered something to which any other person has a right. The Church recognizes that married couples suffer greatly when infertility ends their dream of biological parenthood, but urges them to offer up their suffering and to find other moral, just ways to become parents or to live out spiritual mother- and fatherhood. Those who choose to ignore the Church and engage in such immoral means of procuring children can be restored to communion with the Church -- and the Church never condemns the innocent children born of such methods -- but they must be willing to acknowledge first that they were wrong.

Recommended reading:

Why are artificial methods of conception immoral?

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