Letter: Merely an accident of birth
Re “Catholic teachings are worth striving toward” (Monitor letter, Feb. 11):
Caroline Judd sounds like a true Catholic. In commenting on the article about European Catholics rejecting the Church’s rules on sex, she makes clear that she obviously believes in the tenets of the Catholic Church.
It baffles me how people can call themselves Catholics when they don’t believe in the teachings of that religion. It’s fairly simple, I would think. One hundred percent of Catholics believe in the Church’s rules on sex. If you don’t believe them, then you obviously aren’t Catholic. If someone is professing to be vegan in the middle of wolfing down a cheeseburger, I’m going to have trouble believing him. It’s much the same as claiming to belong to a religion while discounting its teachings.
You can’t change your ethnicity. If you’re of German decent, you’re German. I’m Scots/Irish and French; I can’t change that. But religion is merely an accident of birth. You usually are whatever faith your parents were. So if you don’t hold those same beliefs, find a religion that fits what you believe. Or, you really don’t have to belong to any religion if none of them teach what your views are.
Religion is not compulsory. You don’t have to subscribe to something you don’t believe in.