Catholics Do What? (21 Days to Understanding the Catholic Church’s Teachings on Sex and Marriage)
One of the hardest parts about Catholicism is explaining it to other people. Especially those pesky “pelvic issues,” if you will.
We live in a sex-saturated culture, but not exactly a sexually literate one. So we spend lots and lots of time chatting about sex and having sex and looking at sex, but there is a relative lack of knowledge about the real thing.
Some of the hardest conversations, whether they take place from the pulpit or around the water cooler or the kitchen table, involve sex, marriage, contraception, homosexuality, and reproductive technologies.
I want to demystify some of these topics and try my best to put into laymen terms what the Church teaches in these areas, and why. This isn’t an exhaustive explanation of any of these issues, by any means, but I hope it’s a good starting point.
Day 1: What is marriage for?
Day 2: Why does the Catholic Church say no to gay “marriage?”
Day 3: What’s the deal with IVF?
Day 4: Why do Catholics have so many kids?
Day 5: “I’m contracepting because I’m being responsible”
Day 6: Why can’t Catholics get married outdoors?
Day 7: I’ve made a mistake, now what?
Day 8: Are we all a little over-sexed?
Day 9: Contraception and abortion: is there a connection?
Day 10: Why everybody loses when we sugarcoat NFP
Day 11: A little porn never hurt anybody
Day 12: Let’s talk about openness to life
Day 13: Suffer the children: the high cost of divorce
Day 14: When NFP is hard to swallow
Day 15: I’m Catholic, can I get a vasectomy?
Day 16: The modesty wars
Day 18: Gay “marriage” wars: maybe it’s just love
Day 19: Why the Catholic Church will never approve contraception
Day 20: Let’s be “done”
Day 21: Catholics, sex, and marriage: the elevator pitch
So excited for this Jenny! Such great topics to talk about. Thank you for accepting the challenge! I will be anxiously awaiting each of your posts. Blessings to you!!
Love this and love your writing. I can’t wait!
I’m so glad you’re taking this on. Just yesterday I was trying to explain the churches teaching on infertility treatments (what is accepted and what is not). I’m looking forward to having something from our bishops that is clear!
Why do Catholics only give communion to other Catholics…
Beth (A Mom's Life)
How exciting! Looking forward to this and I’ll be praying for you! The devil really does love to get in the way.
Pumped for this and your last line..so many heads, so many surfaces, so much banging of the accidental and intentional variety. Or is that just here?!?!
Yes, this is great! Looking forward to this series. Prayers for the spiritual warfare! St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle!
I can’t even express how excited this makes me!
This is a great idea for the challenge! Great subject choice: looking forward to following along and learning new stuff myself.
Love this!! I’ll pray for you (and will also pray that your kids don’t get hurt too badly in the process, haha).
Awesome! And you are too funny!! Keepin it real.
Awesome! Great idea! Can’t wait to read along 🙂
So great! I can’t wait to read your series. Thanks for your honest approach to writing!
Oh, thank you thank you! With the days getting shorter/colder and the kids getting stir crazier, my mommy brain sooooooooo yearns for some blogging with a little extra meat on the bone. Looking forward to it, and good luck!
This sounds awesome…excited to read along with you on the journey! What a great opportunity to witness to the awesomeness of our faith!!
It’s going to be a good month. Thanks for taking this on, and hope your kids run out of surfaces to fall down/hit asap!
I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s 3 am and I’m the sleep deprived mom of a 2-year old and a 2-month-old but I’m up reading your posts 🙂
Wow ! I love your blog, I am not Catholic and bored do I practice catholicism but I find so much of what you have to say amazing. It’s so controversial about contraception, sex , and how negatively people think on those topics. I have enjoyed everything you have written, I personally am on a low dose of birth control which is my choice and recommendation of my doctor. Everyone has reasons some null and void and some legitimate I feel. If the Lord decides I need a child I will have one even if I’m on the pill I feel its meant to be than it will be. But reading everything you have to say is inspiring and puts a lot of things into perspective.