[quote=PhilNeri]I think Paul was saying that it doesn’t matter. Meat is meat, no matter what you do to it. (Except for McDonald’s, that is definitely not meat.) If someone has a problem with it, then you shouldn’t make it worse for them. By yourself, however, it’s fine.
That’s what I get out of it.
There is no such thing as an idol, so in reality there is no meat sacrificed to idols as far as Paul’s concerned. To him it’s all good.
It’s all good, but that’s only if you don’t get caught by Someone Who Cares About Such Things.
It’s kind of like you can’t sin by just thinking about something, but if you let thought police catch you, then it’s still Your Bad.
In other words, if you’re going to do something that you don’t find offensive or sinful, but others do, do it on the sly.
Same advice, I’d suppose, but a little bit sideways that if you are gay, for God’s sake shut up about it and you will not scandalize the Church. You may not think being active gay is wrong, and to you that may mean more than the Church’s teachings – but even if you think you’re smarter than other Catholics and are more “open minded” about the truth than they are, you still don’t go in there and make a fuss because it results in all sorts of unnecessary turmoil for other people so it is selfishness to flaunt your imagined “freedom” such that it offends others who do not share your “open” view.
Therefore, even if you truly believe the Church is objectively wrong about gay marriages, to go get a gay marriage and then parade around in Church like that violates the intent of this teaching, I’d say. Paul is completely free. For him all things are lawful, just not all are productive. If you wish to evangelize people into thinking gay marriage is OK, the way to do that is not to dress up like tinkerbell and get in their face, or you’re doing your own cause a disservice and you’re increasing their resolve to think of you as Not One Of Them – leading to such things as their longing to see you cut off from the Eucharist.