Cafeteria Catholicism

Cafeteria Catholicism

Cafeteria Catholicism

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The term "cafeteria Catholicism" is a pejorative term applied to Catholics who dissent from Roman Catholic doctrinal or moral teaching. Some examples would be Catholics who dissent from Church teaching in regards to abortion, birth control, divorce, premarital sex, masturbation, or the moral status of homosexuality.

The term is less frequently applied to those who dissent from other Catholic moral teaching on issues such as social justice, capital punishment, or just war; this is because these areas of Catholic teaching are not definitively dogmatically defined by the Magisterium, and therefore not unchanging infallible (from a Catholic standpoint) dogmata.Winters, Michael Sean (2009-01-30). . The term has been in use since the issuance of Humanae Vitae, an official document that propounded the Church's opposition to the use of artificial birth control and advocates natural family planning.

It is sometimes a synonymous phrase for "Catholic-in-name-only (or CINO)", "dissident Catholic", "heretical Catholic", "cultural Christian", or "liberal Catholic", but has also been applied to dissident traditionalist Catholic groups like the Society of St Pius X.

The term has no status in official Catholic teachings. However, the practice of selective adherence to the teachings of the Church has been repeatedly condemned by the Church as heresy, in the Magisterial teachings...
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