No bashing warranted Reactionary, there are many Catholics who feel that way. It has been my experience, however, that those Catholics who reject the teaching of the church they do so more out of ignorance of the church's teachings rather than an understanding based on study and a rejection. Not saying this pertains to you as well but for the most part this has been my take.Reactionary wrote:Hi Dallas.
I was born a Catholic (to put it that way). Having been an independent free-thinker my entire life, I had never really thought deeply about the Church's policies until I grew up. Besides, Roman Catholicism is by far the most widespread Christian denomination in my country, so I haven't often witnessed an alternative. I've always seen my relationship with God as something private.
So I started asking questions like, "If God knows my heart and my thoughts, why do I need a confession to have my sins forgotten?", or "Why intercessory prayers to saints? Isn't it wiser to pray to the One in charge of everything?" I sometimes feel that modern-day Catholicism complicates faith. Plus, being an anti-evolutionist, I'm honestly disappointed with the RCC's position towards the issue - I mean, it's not that they weren't once mistaken about the shape of the Earth because they adhered to the common beliefs of the time. These things distanced me from Catholicism, so I could de facto consider myself a non-denominational Christian at the moment, though I'm formally still a Catholic, for cultural reasons.
P.S. Byblos, feel free to bash me because of what I wrote here.
As for the RCC stance regarding evolution, the answer is that there is no official position. Catholics are free to believe what they want, as long as it does not violate certain fundamental doctrines (literal Adam and Eve, original sin, etc).