Several years ago, I attended a book signing of The Purple Culture by Steven Boehrer. The event was sponsored by a local Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) group and included a brief presentation by Mr. Boehrer, a question-and-answer session, and the sale and signing of his books.
During the Q & A, one of my friends, a member of VOTF asked Boehrer, “When are they going to let us use birth control?”
There was a day when I would have thought nothing of that question. I might have thought that was a good question to ask. However, having come along way from my days as a “good Catholic girl”, I found that question to be ridiculous.
I remained silent and listened for Boehrer, a now-married former Catholic priest, to answer.
I don’t remember how the author answered that question, I suppose because I was too busy answering it in my head.
“Who cares what “they” – Catholic bishops – think or say,” I thought to myself. “Let your conscience be your guide”.
It seemed silly that grown men and women would rely on other men they didn’t even know to tell them how to live their lives. It seems particularly foolish for married couples – or not – to allow never-been-married and supposedly celibate men to tell they whether or not they can use contraception to prevent pregnancy that might result from the most intimate expression of their relationship.
Pinocchio’s mentor wasn’t the only character to promote the idea of following one’s own conscience to guide one’s own actions. The same message is in the bible.
Jeremiah 31:33 states, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”
Who needs popes, bishops, and priests to tell them what to do and what not to do when God let’s us know directly?
For those who follow the New Testament more than the Old, here is 1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and his creatures, the man Jesus Christ.
One would think those who follow the bible – if not Walt Disney – would understand that their conscience, if well informed, would be a better moral compass than the consciences of a bunch of men who are guilty of many sins, not the least of which is aiding and abetting serial child abuse and sexual assault.
There is simply no justification for anyone who is either Jewish or Christian to live according to the red lights, yellow lights, and green lights held up by other human beings. God gave us free will for a reason. And, if he gave us free will, who are the Catholic bishops to take that away?