I really wish I could tell you that yes, you can and many of my Catholics have done so.
To some, a tattoo is a symbol of devotion towards Christ; to others, to them a statement of pride and determination.
For the majority of the non-believers who do not have a Christian religion, there is no question about its nature being an indication of devotion.
However, that is not to say that all Catholics can get tattoos. If a person believes that they have been born again and have no religious belief of their own; if they believe that the Catholic church is to be respected and worshiped; these people may well be able to get tattoos which are not offensive.
I find the current situation for Catholics who receive tattooed body parts highly disturbing.
I, for a variety of complex and diverse reasons, cannot, in good conscience, allow my children to be presented on an altar, or an altar cloth, which is covered by an image of Christ.
But, if a tattoo is in their hands, then they must be able to look at this in a positive light. Otherwise, I can’t justify having tattoos of my own. As well, I cannot see any moral responsibility for what I have seen, in terms of the spiritual and emotional impact this can have on others.
A tattoo is an act of defiance against the authority of the Church which dictates the behaviour of those who wear such clothes and who wear them with pride.
And while tattooing is a Christian tradition, I don’t believe that it is inherently more serious. It seems there is a whole lot of Catholic ignorance about this, as I found out at Church.
What about Christians who want to be homosexual? If so, it’s perfectly possible to remain celibate (although I can be somewhat of a stickler for this).
So what does it mean?
It’s up to each individual to decide. While some people may choose to have a “straight or gay” tattoo, other people may simply not want to be involved in the idea of sexual intimacy.
I feel most people who do such tattoos are in the latter category – that they could see themselves as living their lives in a manner which is consistent with their beliefs. They are therefore free to go ahead, have a tattoo, and have the experience of a beautiful piece of art.
However, they should not feel forced in any way to do what the Church suggests – especially