Do You Have Common Sense? Clearly, You Should Be Catholic

An Open Letter to People With Common Sense:

You have seen the news. The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned what so many of us supported (way more than opposed it, that’s for sure), in one way or another: The Defense of Marriage Act.

I know you feel conflicted about this.

JenGallardoFlickrOn the one hand, it is a no-brainer that marriage exists in order to provide state protection for potential parents. Otherwise, why is the state involved in marriage? To create a government sex-partner registry? Yuck.

But on the other hand, you don’t want to be a bigot who hates gay people like the bullies and the religious freaks with those awful signs.

Well, let me introduce you to the Catholic faith.

For one thing, the faith recognizes that homosexual acts are, well, not the same as heterosexual acts. That’s Biology 101, but you have to be religious to believe in biology nowadays (more on that in a second).

For another thing, the faith insists that God loves gay people — and that a good Christian must treat homosexual people with love, just like he does. It’s right there in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

An unnatural act, but the people must be respected and loved. Does that sum up your feelings about homosexuality? It does mine.

But there is more that the Catholic faith offers for people of common sense.

Most Americans say they are pro-life. They believe that an unborn child is a human life, and that it’s wrong to take a human life. Again, this is Biology 101, but only religious people believe the biology. And it is mainly religious people who are willing to stand up for biology and morality.

Your mother was right:

  • What’s wrong is wrong, even if everyone else in the world says it’s right.
  • You shouldn’t jump off a bridge just because the cool kids tell you to.
  • Calling a bad thing something different doesn’t make it right.

You will find that the Catholic Church (and many of the Protestant communities, too, I know!) is willing to follow the morality your mother taught you when no-one else will. It has always been this way: The Supreme Court said Dred Scott wasn’t a whole human being; the Church said human beings all have equal dignity. The Supreme Court says the unborn can be discarded; the Church defends the little guy. The Supreme Court says marriage means whatever we want to say it means. But it doesn’t.

Why is the Catholic faith getting things right that society has so disastrously wrong?

Because of Jesus Christ. You have heard him referred to a lot, I know. But have you really heard much about him? Check him out for yourself: Read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

You may think he is naive and irrelevant. You will find he is wise and his words startlingly relevant. You may have been led to consider him goofy or awkward. You will find he is incisive and noble. You might think he’s a scold or a squish. I think you’ll find he is a man of common sense and love. Like you, the best you that you want to be.

The world is sending you a very clear message: No common sense, here, please. The world is engaged in a giant, destructive game of make believe. Let’s pretend sexuality is free of responsibility and consequence. Let’s pretend unborn babies aren’t really babies. Let’s pretend that parental relationships aren’t really anything special. And let’s ridicule everybody with common sense.

You see through it. So do we. Come find out why. Let them jump off their bridges without you!

  • Alessandra vincitori

    You have some good points. The Catholic church puts as one of the greatest commandment to ” love your neighbor as much as yourself( mark 12:30, Matthew 22:36). ” Does it say, exclude homosexuals, or any specific type of conduct we may view as sinful. NO! Jesus himself dined with sinners( mark 2:13),for those are the ones that needed love the most.

    Can we say homosexuality is normal? Well, by the laws of nature and evolution, since they would not be able to propagate. Then evolution would naturally get rid of them. Hence being a homosexual is not normal biologically speaking. This does not exclude the the idea that a disease process (ie. hormonal imbalances) may biologically make someone homosexual. Yet, still evolution tries to get rid of abnormalities.

    Nonetheless, the church calls them to join the church but in chastity… I know more easier said than done. Yet I see not much difference from pre-marital promiscuous heterosexual sex and a homosexual engaging in sex. The Catholic church does not see being a homosexual as a sin, but more so is acting upon those homosexual tendencies as wrong. Heterosexuals who engage in this activity ( seems like the majority) are hypocrites to judge a homosexual !!!.. The reason the church sees it as wrong , how I see it, is that since homosexuals cannot marry through the church then they can not fulfill the law of purity when engaging in sex. Nonetheless, goes both ways.

  • coyotenose

    “The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned what so many of us supported (way more than opposed it, that’s for sure),”

    Just like they had to overturn bigoted laws that more whites supported than opposed back in the 1950’s. Good company you keep there.

    “On the one hand, it is a no-brainer that marriage exists in order to provide state protection for potential parents. ”

    No, it isn’t. You can’t demonstrate that at all. Which is why you’re forced in the following sentence to try and distract people from the fact that you’re begging the question.

    “An unnatural act…”
    With the power of Google at your fingertips, do you need it explained why an argument from “nature” falls apart? Do you really?

    The fact that you don’t know the difference between a “human” and a “person” doesn’t magically give you an argument. Actually, it’s looking like the entire column is nothing but a foot-stamp and demand that your begged questions be accepted.

    Marriage existed before Christianity or even Judaism. It doesn’t belong to you, narcissists.

    It’s weird how phrases like “The fact is…”, “Everybody knows…” and, especially pertinent to this column, “common sense”, always turn out to be code for “I know I can’t make a case.” Again, they’re just question begging.

  • KT

    I think my favorite part is “the Church defends the little guy”.

    There’s a world of irony there.

  • Bob

    I’m Catholic myself, and I’m trying to decide if she’s supporting the new law, or shunning it and using the Court’s decision on abortion as the reason why. As an avid reader of the bible, I want to point out it tells us to love everyone multiple, but the only reference on homosexual marriage is in a book which people like to pick and choose from, Leviticus. Remember, we don’t get to pick and choose the things we do and don’t like that God has said, and we most certainly don’t get to tell others how to leave their life based on how we interpret that.

    • Julie T.

      Bob, as a Catholic you, no doubt take Jesus at His word on matters the world at large find controversial: the bread and wine really do become His body and blood and that we must “eat His flesh and drink His blood”, He alone has ALL power and authority over creation, etc. In Matthew 19:3-12 and Mark 10:2-12 He gave us the Divine definition of marriage. He also tells us we cannot be His followers if there is *anything* we are not willing to give up for Him. Finally, in Matthew 5:48 he tells us we must be *perfect* as our Heavenly is perfect. That last one is where the concept of theosis comes in and is better understood by Eastern Rite Catholics and Orthodox Christians than by most Latin Rite Catholics. In all of His statements and commandments, He said exactly what He meant, no matter how controversial they were to people of His own day or to subsequent generations. As far as proscriptions against homosexual activity, Leviticus is not the only book to contain them. In the New Testament, you will find them here: Romans 1:24-28, I Corinthians 6:9-10, I Timothy 1:8-10, and Jude 1:6-10.

      • coyotenose

        In the NT, it’s also explained that if you aren’t already married when you learn about the Gospel, you shouldn’t even get married, because it will distract you from getting ready for Christ’s return two thousand years ago.

        Presumably in order to be perfect, you adhere to that belief also.

  • Jairo

    Yes! Congratulations Mr. Hopes, I was filled with joy and hope while reading your article. One of the most beautiful articles that I ever read with a down to earth description of our faith. God bless you! You really made my day!



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