There's something strange in the old Catholic 'hood. Dark heresies and liberal myths have infiltrated souls which used to shine with faith and obedience. Here are some myth-busters that I found in listening to wise and holy priests and in reading up on authentic Church documents:
Myth #1: Each person can form his or her own conscience. We don’t have to leave it up to the Church.
Truth: Oh yes we do! The Cardinals and Bishops were given authority to determine matters of moral conscience by Jesus Christ himself. We can form our own informed conscience based on Church documents, not on secular interpretations of truth. The Church studies moral matters with the wisdom given by the Holy Spirit. Human intellect and reason (whether it was brainwashed in Harvard or Ateneo) if not promoted for the greater glory and honor of God but in disobedience to God’s Commandments, is not supreme over Church wisdom. Catholics have no duty to accept what the secular reports say when it comes to forming our consciences on faith and morals. On the other hand, if the universal Church declares a matter immoral, faithful Catholics need to inform ourselves of the Church documents that spell it out and obey. I suggest reading the Pope’s “Theology of the Body” or if its too much, Christopher West’s explanation of the Theology of the Body. Of course, if you are determined to be an unfaithful Catholic, you can bring up secular, logical arguments against God on Judgment Day. Let me know how that works out for you.
Myth #2: God is not a god who cares about the date of marriage, all God asks is for commitment between a couple to be present before committing the sexual act (therefore implying pre-marital sex is ok).
Truth: I don’t know what private 'divine' memo contained that heresy but it’s not on the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Sacrament of Marriage is marked in heaven the same day it is celebrated on earth. Jesus Christ himself officiates the liturgy in a marriage in the person of the priest. What the priest binds on earth is bound in heaven. Catechism of the Church 1621 states: “In the Eucharist, the memorial of the New Covenant is realized in which Christ has united himself for ever to the Church, his beloved bride for whom he gave himself up. It is therefore fitting that the spouses should seal their consent to give themselves to each other through the offering of their own lives by uniting it to the offering of Christ for his Church made present in the Eucharist’s sacrifice, and by receiving the Eucharist so that communicating in the same Body and the same Blood of Christ, they may form but “one body” in Christ.
Read on to the next paragraph if unconvinced. If convinced, well Halleluiah, skip to Myth #3… The Catechism of the Church 1630 states: “The priest who assists at the celebration of a marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church. The presence of the minister (and also of the witnesses) visibly expresses the fact that marriage is an ecclesial reality.” 1631 adds: “ This is the reason why the Church normally requires that the faithful contract marriage according to the ecclesiastical form…Sacramental marriage is a liturgical act. It is therefore appropriate that it should be celebrated in the public liturgy of the Church…marriage introduces one into an ecclesiastical order and creates rights and duties in the Church between the spouses and toward their children…” Still unconvinced? Pick up the Catechism of the Catholic Church at amazon.com I’m tired of typing out everything.
Myth #3: The old purpose of marriage is for the procreation and education of children. In the contemporary world, the purpose of marriage is for the well-being of the spouses. Children are no longer the end purpose of marriage.
Truth: This is someone’s dissenting opinion, which is baseless. There is no encyclical or Church document that repealed Castri Conubii or invalidated Humanae Vitae. Church catechism 1601 still stands: “Marriage is a covenant or partnership of life between and and woman which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses (unitive) AND the procreation and upbringing of children (procreative)... and it is in them that marriage finds its crowning glory.” Not one without the other. Picking and choosing what one likes to hear smacks of (shudder, shudder) Cafeteria Catholicism. Plus, return to Genesis 1:28 "Be fruitful and multiply." God's word is the same yesterday, today and forever. Your word and someone's word to "be fruitful and multiply until 2012" is not binding.
Myth #4: If the Church allows NFP in preventing pregnancy, condoms serve the same purpose. We should be able to use condoms because prohibiting them is like rejecting eyeglasses for the sole reason of it being ‘artificial’ and man made.
Truth: NFP to prevent pregnancy is allowed by the Church under two conditions (1) for serious reason and (2) with proper discernment. NFP allows the chance of God to still create life out of the sexual act. It’s morality is based on the fact that couples are open to God’s life-giving action. By being open to life, couples affirm God’s right to create life without artificial man-made intervention asserting his own will over Divine Will. Comparing glasses to condoms is like comparing apples to oranges simply because a person wearing eyeglasses is not in grave danger of closing himself to God’s act of creation. Besides, condoms are made of rubber and glasses, glass. Duh! 8-)