Jessica Maybury Writes:
As a Catholic, I believe that all Catholics are part of the Church in a very real way. We are the Church. I am the stance that prophylactics are wrong, I am the belief that marriage is between a woman and a man, I am the wealth of the Vatican.
The Constitution of Ireland states that the Catholic Church has a special place, and it is tangled up in our law system all the way through. The archbishop of Dublin at the time actually advised them as they drew it up. I guess things were still like that then. I mean, even in America, it still says In God We Trust on their dollar bills.
Being a young Catholic in the 21st Century is tough. Being a member of MYAM [Malahide Young Adults Missionary] is wonderful but also hard, for the same reasons.
I’ve withstood constant vituperation by more anti-Christian atheists. I’ve borne out my own personal struggles with what I’ve been taught and what I, deep down, believe are the qualities of human kindness.
I was a volunteer during the 50th Eucharistic Congress here in Dublin, despite inner turbulence about it. I’ve pondered, silently, what I think Christ would be doing if He were on earth with us today, and how far the Church is removed from what He said and how he lived when he was among us.
I cannot, however, stand by and remain silent about the death of Savita Halappanavar.
If I could have my beliefs and adhere to them in my own life; if they didn’t affect other people the way they have done, yes, of course, I would. Nobody else should have to suffer for what I think is right.
So that means I need to change the way I think, the way I am, and who and what I am.
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