So, I have gotten a sense from many CAF posters, that many US Catholics actually have been influenced by fundamentalism and the tendency of fundamentalists to have a very simplistic “black and white” approach to issues of theology and morality.
I know the Church itself makes a distinction between homosexuality as a practice and as an orientation. However, many Catholics seem to think anyone who identifies as “homosexual” or “gay” is complicit in the “gay agenda”, even those who do follow Church teaching. Many believe that it’s possible to “pray the gay away” and that anyone who isn’t actively trying to rid themselves of SSA tendencies, is sinning just as much as the sexually active homosexuals are.
I know the Church does not forbid the use of medications that have contraceptive actions, to be used to treat medical conditions. But many Catholics see OCPs the same way Baptists view “demon rum”, that there are no licit reasons for their use.
I know the Church itself does not forbid women from working for pay, or demand women always remain under the “protection” of a man, nor does it demand married couples actively try to have many children as possible. That’s the kind of attitude I see more often among “quiverfull” fundamentalists, the kind that would bash a woman for “being selfish” if she wishes to limit family size for any reason, even having a medical condition that causes a high risk of death with each pregnancy.
(This happened to Erin Bates Paine, who does have such a condition, and has made statements that she no longer follows Bill Gothard and will likely have only 2 children; some “fans” of the family were quick to accuse of her being “selfish” for that. )
But I have noticed that many US Catholics are quick to assume that any family that has less than 4 children is sinfully using ABC, or, at best, “using NFP with a contraceptive mentality”.
The main point to all of this being, while I do find actual Catholic teaching is actually surprisingly socially “moderate” compared to fundamentalism, I do notice there are many Catholics whose beliefs appear influenced by fundamentalism. Another example, is how many of the very socially conservative Catholics also interpret the Bible in a fundamentalist way, many hold to very rigid gender roles, some even go as far as espousing Young Earth Creationism.
Some have even accused not just Pope Francis, but B16 and JP2 of being “heretics” and ironically, while they claim to be Catholic, isn’t this attitude actually closer to the Protestant one, that rejects the authority of a Church hierarchy to guide the flock?