G.K. Chesterton believed that often the first step for a convert is the decision to be fair to the Catholic Church. My mother, now 82, always saw me as one of her last holdouts and was proud that I tried to be a good Catholic. We know of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The fact that this horribly, scandal ridden, corrupt organization of incompetent old farts survived 2 weeks after the ascension is proof God is behind the church. You are free to contest anything I have written here, I do not claim it to be truth but simply experience. I trust each of you to find an answer to this question. Where do you get the idea that "the life-giving power of the female" is "so scary to men"? As such, they contribute to reducing poverty, illness and the number of abandoned children. To me personally, this is what I keep coming back to time and again when I think "Is Catholicism true?" It’s a truth claim. Warning: This story includes accounts of reported child sex abuse. We know of Mary, the mother of James and John. This is a hobby horse of mine but I do not claim it to be sound or scientific and I take your point. How was this possible if I had supposedly inherited my morals from religion and could not be "good without God"? Study finds US Latinos are no longer majority-Catholic. We cannot have this on our conscience, at least I cannot, and I think no Christian can either. 4. There is a natural law which accords with reason. My aspirations needed to change because I was a girl. The virginal birth is a logical consequence - or a logical part - of the Incarnation. When I was about 8 years old, I wanted to become a priest. Reddit. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the Catholicism community. Sadly, in past 20 years or so, the Catholic Church has moved so far from Vatican II that I can no longer feel a part of it. Illness: we all know how HIV spreads and we know that using condoms can prevent the spread of HIV. 02/28/2012 06:03 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2012 There are so many perspectives on the Obama/Catholic Church contraception debate that it is hard to keep track. to profess that not only the promised Messiah, but God Himself had died on the Cross. This argument doesn't convince me, because dozens of people have died for things I believe to be untrue or bad, including other religions. Furthermore, even if there had been women amongst Jesus' followers, the male evangelists would certainly not have found it necessary to mention them. Abortion and condoms do not aim to "solve the problem of the existence of persons", they aim to improve the quality of life and the well-being of existing persons. I was a cradle catholic and my father is still a deacon. So, true, while there is still an element of faith involved, I think we often neglect the fact that the Gospel story and the subsequent events didn't just appear out of nowhere. Welcome to r/Catholicism!. I never thought that it was possible to find someone as caring, generous, patient and intelligent as my current SO. My enthusiasm made him very happy and proud. If this were so, why were there still poverty, illness, and unwanted pregnancies in the Roman Empire where exposing babies was totally allowed? And yes, the 'virginity' of Mary was likely introduced in the bible through a translation error; Only if the Bible was not inspired by God. That they cannot be priests does not diminish their womanhood anymore than men not becoming nuns does not diminish their masculinity. I tend to see all three monotheistic religions as correlated with the relegation of women to the role of second-class citizens in different societies. 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