Some people seem to think the Roman Catholic Church teaches that sexuality is dirty and sinful. Not exactly. Sex is seen as a very beautiful human experience – as long as it’s used in the proper setting: Only between a man and a woman who are married to each other and not using any type of artificial contraception.
Which brings up the issue of how realistic this teaching really is. I mean, how many people can honestly say they are called to either celibacy or parenthood – and that there are no other options? Maybe the majority of people could lead fulfilling lives with such restrictions centuries ago, but what about now?
In my opinion, the Church would be better off addressing the issues that are relevant to people NOW, rather than insisting that the same old teachings are still appropriate. So many people are condemned and left with guilt and shame for living lives that are less than “perfect.” But the truth is: Nobody is living a perfect life. Even the people who believe it’s their place to dictate to everyone else.
The real test of the “holiness” of our lives is love. How well do we truly love?