(Original post by dreiviergrenadier)
I would suggest that your first point of call should be to try to inform yourself about what Catholicism actually says about some of the issues you've raised. There are a lot of caricatures of religious (and indeed all) views in popular culture but Catholicism, having a fairly nuanced and detailed intellectual tradition, seems to have it particularly badly in this respect. I'd suggest taking these issues to the CathSoc
, or talk to your priest/find a Catholic website.
Following on from what I've said above, I think you're a bit misdirected about what Catholicism would say. I don't think there is any such argument that common, everyday occurrences cannot be immoral, or even hugely evil. The Catholic view, as I understand it, is that human (and maybe other animal's too) desires and inclinations naturally
(i.e. with no corruption or distortion) lead a person towards the good(s). This is a fairly complex view, but it cannot be reduced to, or applied to, the question you raise. Indeed, I think Catholics consider themselves obliged to change what we might consider our 'everyday lives' massively
. (This is to ignore whether or not the things you've mentioned are actually sins - pornography certainly is, the other two I doubt.)
I think there are three mistakes here. The first is that people might (and frequently do) choose things that will have negative consequences - I mean, many people choose to become Christians in situations where they face torture and execution. Such a simplistic statement ('people don't choose bad things for themselves') cannot be supported.
The second mistake I think you make here is in thinking that desires and inclinations we are born with must be good. To go back to the brief explanation I gave above, Catholicism claims that only natural
desires are good. This is why they claim that homosexuality is a distorted (or 'disordered') desire, because it does not incline towards the goods of procreation or marital unity. This applies whether or not the person is born with those desires. An analogy can be found with our inclinations to lie/get angry. We don't seem to choose them, and nor would we want to. So they seem 'normal' to us, and almost 'inherent'. And yet they are desires that need to be suppressed and controlled, because they lead us to do wrongful things.
The third mistake I think you make is in not differentiating between desires and actions. People can have desires that they don't act upon; and no-one is born engaging in homosexual behaviour! So the 'born that way' (even if true) could only apply to the desire itself, not the practices that it might incline towards.
Now, these three points don't settle the issue either way. But I think they are traps that you should try to avoid falling into when thinking about the issue.
Again, look at your church!
The Pope's point is that evolution is true, but that does not deny that God exists (and in a sense, this debate is silly - no other scientific theories have this issue - gravity does not prove God's non-existence, for example).
I wouldn't obsess about the 10 commandments. Look at how Jesus summed up the law:
This doesn't mean that pornography/pre-marital sex aren't moral issues (there are, and serious ones). But the primary focus must be those two commandments.
What do you make of the Lord's Prayer? This kind of prayer shows us what we should be praying for - I'm not getting closer to God if I turn up to church every week and pray that I'll hate my neighbour more!