As Catholics, we want to make sure that we are sinning as least as possible; doing whatever we can to avoid sin and the near occasions of it.
A serious problem today (among many others) is the turning of non-sinful practices into intrinsically evil practices. Practices that are accepted by the Catholic Church & her Magisterium, within regular boundaries. Even things that are not sinful, such as drinking water can become sinful; let’s say we dwell on drinking water every 15 minutes, over-doing it and making that our number one goal of our lives. That would be it imprudent, and sinful.
Practices that the Catholic Church has NEVER condemned (and in some cases even encouraged within reason), that society has taken to condemning are:
- Smoking tobacco (Pipes, Cigars, etc)
- & Tattoos.
If you are a Catholic, who are you to say that the Church is wrong?
If the Church has not condemned something, and in most cases have talked of it as a regular hobby or pastime, or even encouraging its use within reason… we have no right to turn it into a moral issue. If we do not like it, that’s perfectly fine, but you cannot expect to make something literally dogma just because you feel its wrong (that’s called Protestantism 😉 )
So relax. Chill. Be prudent. And focus on what the Church actually does condemn!
Also, fun fact: The Catholic Church has 5 Patron Saints of beer.
And yes… smoking anything else other than tobacco (HARMFUL herbs / not for medicinal purposes, Weed/Pot, Cocaine and so on)… yes, it is wrong. It is sinful. Surprisingly Lifeteen has an explanatory and theologically correct video on this subject:
Other helpful videos concerning the Catholic Church & the “sinfulness” of the above mentioned acts:
Catholic Saints & Holy People who Smoked & Drank Alcohol Within Reason:
Pier Giorgio Frassati
Msgr. Ronald Knox
Saint Pope John XIII
(Pius X and Pius XI smoked cigars, John XXIII smoked cigarettes, Pope Benedict XVI is rumored to smoke (the rumor is usually about Morlboro Reds or Gold) but doesn’t smoke openly.)
St. Joseph of Cupertino:
His beatification process took longer because some prelates had an issue with his use of tobacco. Joseph’s advocate argued, based on interviews with Joseph during his life, that his smoking was an aid to his holiness, helping him stay up at night for his devotions and extend his fasting.