Being a member of the Catholic religion, I feel as though I am able to distinguish issues that lie within such religion from a personal perspective. My mother and father had me baptized when I was an infant, and I have received the sacraments of the first Eucharist and furthermore confirmation. I attend church every Sunday, and while the Catholic religion does appeal to me in numerous regards, there are aspects of the Catholic church that are contradictory to Catholicism itself and irk me personally.
A specific component of Catholicism that has always been an issue for me is the concept of Martyrs. A martyr is an individual who sacrifices their life for the sake of their faith, and in the Catholic Church, martyrs are depicted as saints. Martyrs are fundamentally persons who have committed suicide, because they have chosen to end their life in an attempt to communicate their utmost loyalty and dedication to God. Ironically, suicide is acknowledged as a mortal sin within the Catholic faith. This contradiction ultimately communicates the ideology that committing suicide for Jesus Christ is recognized as a holy sacrifice, though committing suicide in any other circumstance is sinful.
An additional contradiction that exists within Catholicism is the sacrament of marriage. The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus and The Holy Trinity are encompassing and accepting of all persons because God sees them as equals. This teaching is hypocritical, however, considering homosexuals are forbidden to marry in a Catholic Church. If Catholicism advocates the concept that God loves all persons and overlooks their sins, is it not contradictory for the same religion to forbid individuals of a certain sexual diversity to wed within its church’s walls?
I recognize that a majority of religions contain contradictions and hypocritical teachings, but I believe it is important to bring attention to such issues. Failing to acknowledge the conflicts that exist within religion is as detrimental as the opposing teachings they advocate.