Sat | Sep 22, 2018

Hard-line views of Catholics outdated

Published:Tuesday | September 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As a Catholic myself, I have been deeply disappointed with my church and its doctrines regarding sex, abortion, contraception and celibacy; not to mention the hypocrisy and near-schizoid views of Popes past and present with their so-called infallibility.

As an independent thinker, it is clear that no man is infallible and the Church's staunch views on many aspects of human behaviour are flawed. Those flaws have caused me not to embrace my church or religion as fervently as I would wish, though I was christened, confirmed and brought up as a good Catholic lad.

Celibacy, for example, is an idealistic dream that serves only to make priests appear to be more divine and not subject to human needs like the rest of us. That myth is being eroded daily by the many sex scandals submerging the Catholic Church.

In addition, their rigid views on fornication, contraception and masturbation is another impractical situation. I won't even get into the abortion debate because there are no winners or losers there, only victims.

The Catholic Church needs to wake up from the Middle Ages.

M. BEECHER