(Quote) Brian-328251 said:
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks up...
(Quote) Brian-328251 said:
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Lev 19:28
You shall not practice augury or witchcraft. Lev 19:26
If witchcraft isn't good for Catholics two lines prior in Leviticus, why are tattoos perfectly okay lines later in Leviticus. Doesn't Leviticus also prohibit homosexual acts? And a host of other things Catholics wouldn't do? Yes. It does prohibit them.
I still think that America's tattoo craze is going to become one of America's ugliest cultural moments. It speaks of a self absorbed and vain society that views the body as a thing only and a thing to be shown off as though it were not part of the person.
John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI clearly speak to us against the objectification of the human person.
How many Catholics, priests and bishops have you heard speak against homosexuality and witchcraft and the Harry Potter books?
How many Catholic, priests and bishops have you heard speak against tattoos?
Why do you need to start a whole new thread about tattoos? Was the other one not working for you?
I think Mark's link in that thread was pretty comprehensive: www.cuf.org . It actually addresses your concern with Lev 19:28
Some Protestant authors have argued that the Bible forbids tattoos and body piercing. They typically cite the following verse: "You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord" (Lev. 19:28).
References to this verse are not present in important magisterial documents and in the principal writings of the Fathers of the Church. It is the consensus of Catholic biblical commentators that this prohibition is not part of the unchanging moral law, but part of the ritual law specific to the Old Testament. Many commentators believe that this prohibition was intended to separate Israel from its Canaanite neighbors; some believe that the cuttings in the flesh and tattoo marks to which the verse refers were part of idolatrous Canaanite worship.
The context of the verse favors this interpretation. The preceding verse reads, "You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard" (Lev. 19:27)—this prohibition is certainly not applied to members of the Church.
The Church does not teach that Sacred Scripture forbids tattooing and body piercing, but the Church does offer principles by which to discern whether, in particular situations, it is sinful to be tattooed or have one’s body pierced.
Maybe priests and bishops aren't speaking out against them because they're not intrinsically evil? I understand your discomfort with tattoos - I had always had a mental bias against women with tattoos. As soon as a saw a tattoo on a woman my whole view of her shifted - viewing her as low class. That same bias didn't hold true against men with tattoos, probably because my dad was in the Navy and most of the men I grew up around had tattoos. In recent years, I've finally managed to overcome my bias... and my daughter and I are getting matching tattoos in honor of my son who died. The tattoo is a cross with an Easter lily behind it, a butterfly flying away and a Duplo/Lego block at the foot of the cross. My son carried blocks with him everywhere, so the block symbolizes my son in life. He died 4/2/2005 (the same day as Blessed John Paul II). Easter had come early that year and the church was still full of Easter lilies during my son's funeral. The Easter lily is forever linked in my mind with my son, the resurrection and everlasting life in Christ. The butterfly symbolizes my son's new life. My daughter already has hers and I plan to get mine by the end of the summer.