Here is my post (trying to defend our catholic church) to a post by another person stating that the Doctrine applied back in the good old days when people married very young. If a 25 yr old man waited til he got married, he’d rupture his testicles (I hope I can say this here!) That person also said other things that I refuted with this post:
I’m now neurotic and pathological because I adhere to the teachings of the church at this day and age. Our priests are walking around with testicular ruptures as well.
Actually seriously here, do you realise what nocturnal emissions are? They are a safeguard against so-called testicular ruptures. Did you know that for 2 yrs I lived out of town, away from my husband? He did not masturbate, and we saw each other every 4 monts or so for 10 days at a time… yes there was pain initially, he felt like he was walking around with a bowling ball in his pants at times, but gradually, that goes away, and you’re normal again. Testicular ruptures LOL!
In Africa, where there’s an aids epidemic, do you realise that condoms are freely used?? Yes against the Church’s recommendation, but freely and very much used none the less. There was no change in the Aids rate, perhaps condom use tends to encourage riskier sexual practices? Again, underneath it all… morals. Condoms tend to weaken, rupture (there’s that word again… in the right context this time) and then BANG! Some innocent soul who’s trusted in the condom rather than abstinence gets to worry whether they have Aids or not.
Puhleese! There are reasons behind our teachings… it’s not archaic at all… it’s loving and caring in the long run. The problem is, morality has gone down the drain, people think that just because everyone else is doing it, it’s ok and moral to do.
Here is a response from another person, and I don’t know how to answer this because I’m weary, so I knew I could count on you guys to tear her arguement apart for me.
I’m just so tired of defending my faith alone… it seems that all eyes are on the Catholics since the death of our beloved Pope… I’m the ONLY catholic that is on this board, so it’s up to me to refute these claims.
Loboto, I’m not sure where you are getting your information from regarding condom usage in Africa. This is a coincidence but I recently visited an African assistance center in my state because I’m doing a project on access to health care for African immigrants in the states plus I’ve been researching health care in Africa for about a year now and from what I’ve gathered condom usage is not as common place a you think. This is from the horse’s mouth. Men in many countries in Africa practice sex without condoms and prefer their women to be dry for increased stimulation, which in turn creates lesions in the uterus increasing risk of HIV.
If you are American (or are you Canadian?) or have been following crappy American politics then I’m sure you are aware of the ABC approach that’s been launched by the Bush administration regarding Aids funding in Africa and that certainly doesn’t support condom usage or sex education! It actually works to inhibit it. The Christian right in the States has been working against educating these people about HIV transmission. It’s really terrible.
I was raised Catholic with all the bells and whistles (catholic schools etc). My mother lived in a convent for almost ten years and she and the rest of my family are practicing Catholics. In my personal experience Catholicism is a repressive branch of Christianity though I do know one nun and one priest who are both remarkable people. The nun is a medical doctor actually and is a pleasure to be around. Neither believes God has gender and both have stated that the bible is up for interpretation rather then to be taken literally at every turn (like we all know it’s not ok to keep slaves even though there are passages in the bible that support it). It is hypocritical though to take some of the bible literally and not all of it. Where is the line drawn and who draws that line? I think that’s where catholic followers get a bad rap. There are a slew of issues in the bible that are just plain immoral. Just because the bible permits slave owners to beat their slaves doesn’t mean it’s right. Just because the bible and priests state homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean that it is. What about people who are not married by a catholic priest? Are they considered to be married? What if they are married by the state? I don’t think the church really recognizes it (which makes that sex premarital sex) but I know plenty of Catholic people who do recognize that marriage. And who is the state to tell me if I’m married or not? It’s all very fuzzy.