I was having a working lunch today at a local eatery, and I could not help but overhear three young women, late 20s I am guessing, discussing recent current events at the table next to me. They were speaking at a loud volume so I could not help but hear what they were saying. One in particular was really telling the other two everything she thought about many current issues, and she tried to sound like she “knew what she was talking about.” I say that, because it was clear from the things she was saying, she did not know what she was talking about, but was just repeating things I am sure she has heard in the public discourse and in particular the media.
With respect to contraception. She was railing against the current position of “religion”, but of course she meant the Catholic Church, She was further stating that if 95% of Catholic women use contraception she could not understand why the Church would not catch up with the times.
With respect to marriage, of course she was speaking on the gay marriage debate, she stated she could not understand why this was all because of Christians. Within a generation, she said, people’s beliefs will be different enough that the debate will not be an issue. She believes that marriage is non-Christian, and that Christians incorrectly state they started marriage.
I felt some sort of “movement” or “stirring” within myself to tell her that 1) although the Catholic Church does not believe a woman’s right to use or obtain contraception should be taken away they do believe it is intrinsically wrong, and as such they cannot in any way cooperate in its use by providing any financial support toward using it in any institution served by Catholic dollars, and 2) Christians do not believe marriage was started in the Christian Church. Marriage was created at the outset by God for the benefit of man, and Christ, as the definitive Word of God, revealed to us in His teachings God’s expressed intent of what it should be. We believe we cannot change marriage.
Alas, I said nothing. I got up and walked out, saying a small prayer that they could see the Truth and understand beyond what they currently do. Did I have an obligation to correct them, not to argue, but to clarify their misconceptions? The public debate right now on contraception and marriage is so screwed up. The Church’s positions are not well articulated to the average person, probably because of media bias. What are we to do about this? Was I feeling something I was supposed to respond to, and if I did not respond to it, did I sin? I thought to myself, what difference can I make talking to these people when there are so many more, but perhaps we are supposed to take this on one person at a time. I just don’t know. Please share specific examples you have found yourself in.