If you're waiting for a rant: that's not gonna happen. The ad reminded me of something I haven't discussed for a while, and gave me a pretty good way to get started.
- Cheating spouse
- Mass murderer
Should I be worried about gluttony? Yes, I think so. My behavior - and physique - suggest that I act in a gluttonous manner. And gluttony is one of the capital sins:
- Also called Acedia
"...They are called 'capital' because they engender other sins, other vices...."
I'm a Catholic, so I'm not allowed to hate people. (Catechism, 1033)
Since I'm a person, a human being, made in the image of God (Catechism, 1701-1709), I don't think it makes sense to hate myself. I'm not too crazy about some things I've been doing: but that's another topic.
Genesis 1:27) (also see Catechism, 2331, and following)
I realize that Genesis 1:27 involves a whole lot more personal responsibility than has been fashionable for a while: but I'm not going to tell God 'you can't do that.'
As for homosexual urges? The Catholic Church is pretty specific on this point:
"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."John 8:1-11; Catechism, 1465, 1846; for starters)
(Catechism, 2358) [emphasis mine]
"...Teach us to hate sin, but not the sinner. Give us the strength to be your witnesses. Do not allow us to become vain, petty and barren...."
(Appendix / Prayers-Hymns, Program for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (January 18-25, 2002)
Over the past two millennia, the Church been dealing with folks who are not perfect. I think quite a bit of this apparent over-abundance of rules comes from efforts to explain, in detail, what a pair of very simple principles means: when applied to everyday life.
Somebody asked my Lord to name the greatest commandment. He named two: Love God, love your neighbor. (Matthew 22:36-40)
"Love," in this context, isn't the same as "approval." Which is what the 'friends don't let friends drive drunk' ads were about.
And I've posted about that before. (April 26, 2011)
- "No Open Season on Transgendered People, Please!"
(April 26, 2011)
- "Hating People? Not an Option"
(December 9, 2010)
- "Mind's Made Up About Catholicism? Don't Read This"
(November 8, 2010)
- "The Manhattan Declaration: Hateful? - Who Knew?"
(November 21, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church and Homosexuals: Harsh and Soft, Judgmental and Understanding"
(March 13, 2009)
1 What's with all those references to the Catechism? I've said this before: I've got the authority of "some guy with a blog." The Catholic Church operates under the authority of Peter, who got his commission from my Lord. (Matthew 16:18-19)