For a long time, I have been very interested in politics, and would describe myself as leaning libertarian in that I have a hard time finding justification for punishing people for partaking in consensual acts (not that this doesn’t apply to issues such as abortion and euthanasia). I know that Catholic Church is against prostitution or the use of hard drugs, for example, but is it wrong for me, as a devout Catholic, to believe such things should be legally permitted?
I believe that we must do all we can to help people who find themselves in situations such as these, but I find myself thinking if putting them in jail really helps. With the example of prostitution, I often think of St. Mary Magdalene, who Jesus took in and taught her how and why to change her life. I believe efforts like these must be made instead of locking up people who made this mistake.
Another reason I have thought this to be allowed is that the Catholic Church approves of religious freedom for people of all faiths, permitting people to directly violate the 10 commandments and committing mortal sin. However, we respect the right of every person to hold whatever religious beliefs they wish.
In conclusion, it is my personal belief, and has been for some time, that some acts that are reprehensible and would amount to mortal sin should be legal. Is it wrong for me to hold such beliefs that allow people to sin legally in the eyes of the Catholic Church?