Yes, I am a cafeteria catholic. There are many issues in which I feel the Church is wrong. At first, I though I was wrong, but after asking for guidance from God, I believe He has told me that the Church has, indeed, stayed, and therefore I keep my beliefs.
Any possible revelation or suggestion that the Church is not doing what pleases God is either the result of our own misleading imagination or a suggestion from the adversary. Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church acts under the light and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In matters of faith and morals, no teaching of Holy Church is wrong.
I do not believe the Bible is the sole source of God’s word on earth.
This can mean many things. The Bible is God’s word, and Christ is the living Word of God. All else may be somehow inspired by God, and there may be some truth, but God chose to reveal Himself to Israel and then through the Apostles and their valid successors - Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. In these two, that are one, we find the fullness of the divine revelation.
I believe in the intercession of saints, the assumption, the immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, and the transubstantiation.
So I agree with the Church on all matters I consider " faith". I just disagree with them on matters of social customs. Yet people think I can abandon my beliefs and go be a Protestant, even though I strongly disagree with them on almost all core issues.
I see no reason why women should not be priests. I believe this descends from the now-outdated idea of " some jobs belong to women, some belong to men".
Women may be able to be priests. However, it is the explicit will of Christ that only men receive the Holy Orders and become apostles. The Church does not forbid women from being ordained - She simply knows that She has no authority whatsoever to ordain women to the priesthood. And yes, men and women are not equal…men are men and women are women. Both can do things well, but some things are proper of men and other of women.
I see nothing wrong with homosexual unions. Since they have the same reproductive chances of a sterile heterosexual couple, I believe they are morally equal.
You see nothing wrong because you are not knowledgeable about the profound meaning of life and how life, family, and society are hindered by anything that breaks the divine order: man and woman He created them, period. The Church does not condemn homosexual people, but She does condemn any sexual behavior that is not between a man and a woman in wedlock - be it homosexual or heterosexual. And they do not have the same reproductive chances, because any scientific production of life carries profound intrinsic evils - learn more about them, and you’ll understand what I mean.
I see no problem with non-abortiofacient contraception. Condos have a 1% failure rate, NFP has a 1% failure rate. Neither is more open to conception, so both are equal.
Again, you don’t understand where the problem is. Indeed, you don’t see it. The problem however is there. Contraception turns the holiness of the sexual union between the spouses in wedlock into something lustful, desecrating the sacrament and taking way the dignity of the spouses, who become each other’s pleasure tool. Pleasure is but a secondary aspect of Matrimony, the first being procreation. Natural Family Planning takes into account the natural cycles of the woman’s beautiful body to be responsible in forming a family without depriving the spouses of one another for an exceedingly long time.
Notice that I do not disagree with the church on any issues decided “ex cathedra”, or infallibly. Of course, some people on here claim all moral teaching of the church is infallible, which is not correct, for if it were then “ex cathedra” teachings would be unnecessary. (Those people should probably take a lesson on papal infallibility here)
Perhaps you want to learn about the infallibility of the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Church, and find out more about our Profession of Faith.
Yet these people want me to give up my deeply held beliefs to join another church. But my beliefs have MUCH more in common with Catholicism than with any other faith. So why would I leave to become a " cafeteria Episcopalian" or whatever, especially when my disagreements with that faith ate so much more important than my relatively minor disagreements with Catholicism?
**I don’t think you are a “cafeteria Catholic”. I simply see that you are not knowledgeable about many aspects of Sacred Tradition and mistakenly trust in yourself rather than obediently listening to our Mother, Holy Church. She has preserved the sacred dignity of man, woman, family, and ultimately life for twenty centuries. She has faced all sorts of attacks, and still does. Societies have come and gone, trying to re-define the things that God established, but the Church has not faultered in Her divinely inspired teachings. She has been the guardian of women and of homosexuals when the secular world would degrade and persecute both. She preserves the sacredness of Matrimony and of sexual relations in a world that has lowered the former to a base utilitarian tool and the latter to the level of the animal realm.
The Church has established a Year of Faith and promoted a New Evangelization specifically to reach out to Catholics and confirm them in the faith. You are blessed, for the Spirit is moving you to seek greater understanding. Draw closer to God, learn more, and learn humbleness and obedience before the Magisterium. In this behavior you cannot go wrong.**