By now, almost everyone has seen, or at least heard of, the Time magazine cover asking, “Are You Mom Enough?”
Aside from the disturbingly sensational depiction of breastfeeding, the question itself is an intriguing one, and one that gets to the heart of some major social issues in the US.
Too often, women turn against each other in a competitive way. Rather than accepting that we’re all trying to do the best we can, we point fingers and judge about how we raise our children, how we do our jobs, how we eat, how we dress, how much or how little we work out — you name it.
I’ve been seeing the same phenomenon in the Catholic Church lately. Maybe it’s the election cycle; maybe it’s the super-moon. Whatever it is, a lot of our faith community seems to be asking, “Are You Catholic Enough?”
So let’s talk about that. Heaven knows we have plenty of fodder!
If you’re in favor of gay marriage, are you a bad Catholic?
What if you’re pro-nun and anti-Vatican? Or, what if you’re pro-Vatican and anti-nun?
If you’re married and don’t want children, what does that say about you?
How about if you have friends who do desperately want children and turn to measures such as IVF to conceive?
Can you be Catholic and still support Planned Parenthood?
I truly would like to hear what you think. What makes someone Catholic? Is it purely a spiritual definition? Can someone believe in the faith yet disagree with certain points of social teaching?
What is at the root of our faith community?
What does it mean to you to call yourself Catholic?