NOT ALL of you are going to agree with this. It is my own take on the subject.
The "Covid Passport" will be the only way forward.
I MAY be opting out of “going to church” if the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher continues his opposition to Catholic churches being open only to those Catholics who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The reason is quite simple, I would be an idiot to take the risk of breathing the same air deliberately as someone who has not been vaccinated and who might potentially be at risk and “not safe” as such.
The Pope should have made it his priority to insist all Catholics are vaccinated.
I firmly believe that the only way out of this “hell on earth” is vaccination, until something more successful comes along.
I will be quite happy continue to live as a TV Catholic … we have been just that for months.
Here is what they said in the local media: “The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel and other faith leaders are lobbying Mr Hazzard directly on the issue, and some ministers have publicly contemplated civil disobedience if the government keeps the requirement.
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said he and other religious leaders had told the government worship was “an essential service, not mere recreation” for many people.
“We explained that all our faiths are inclined to allow all comers to worship, that many pastors and faithful would be uneasy with restricting worship to the fully vaccinated, and that doing so could prove very divisive,” he said.
The road map announced last week allows places of worship to reopen to vaccinated people with capacity limited to one person per four square metre- rule, once 70 per cent of NSW adults are fully vaccinated, estimated to be around the middle of October. Singing will not be allowed.”
The Church forbids sex outside marriage, so its teachings about birth control should be understood in the context of husband and wife.
The Roman Catholic Church believes that using contraception is "intrinsically evil" in itself, regardless of the consequences. Catholics are only permitted to use natural methods of birth control.
But the Church does not condemn things like the pill or condoms in themselves. What is morally wrong is using such things with the intention of preventing conception. Using them for other purposes is fine - for example, using the pill to regulate the periods of a woman who is not in a sexual relationship is not wrong.
The Church teaches that using artificial contraception is wrong because:
· it is against 'natural law'
· it breaks the natural connection between the procreative and the unitive purposes of sex
· it turns sex into a non-marital act
· it gives human beings the power to decide when a new life should begin - that power belongs to God
· it leads to widespread immorality
· it damages the institution of marriage
· it reduces male respect for women
· it gives human beings the idea that they can have complete power over the body
· it allows the implementation of eugenic programmes
This is one of the most controversial areas of the Church's moral teachings; partly because birth control is now accepted in most of the West, but also because the philosophical and theological ideas behind the ban are hard to understand.
As a result, many Roman Catholics see the ban as arbitrary and unreasonable, but in fact the ban is based on a thorough analysis of the issues involved.
Catholic objections to artificial contraception are partly based on 'natural law' and partly on the bad consequences that will result if contraception is widely used.
But Catholic policy on birth control is also derived from the way the Church views the nature of marital sexuality and responsible parenthood. The Church teaches that the physical expression of love between husband and wife in sexual intercourse can't be separated from the reproductive implications of both the act and marriage.
Sex is seen as intimately involved in God's design for the universe, and as something profoundly important that involves a person's mind and spirit as well as their body.
The Catholic Church does not see any point in putting forward the various arguments that show the benefits of contraception to individuals or to the world. Pope Paul VI put it like this: "It is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it."
The Tablet survey
A 2008 study suggests that most practising Catholics are ignoring the Church's teachings on contraception and sex.
The Tablet magazine surveyed 1,500 Mass-goers in England and Wales; 40 years after Pope Paul VI forbade birth control use in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life).
82% of people are familiar with the Church's moral teachings but more than half of 18-45 year olds still cohabited before marriage. The contraceptive pill is used by 54.5% and nearly 69% had used or would consider using condoms.
The survey also found that more than half think that the teaching should be revised.