California Catholic Daily reporter, Mary Rose, visits a California college each week and asks students about God, good, and evil. Interview on the Library Quad with Kayla, who is studying biology during her first year at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, on October 21, 2019.

Do you consider yourself religious?

Kayla: Yes. I’m Catholic. I go to church on Sundays. I pray before every meal I eat. I go to church on holidays and my birthday, too. Sometimes I go when I need to talk to God. When I just have no one to turn to, I’ll sit there and just pray to him. Or I’ll confess my sins, like to get the feeling of it off my chest of the sins I’ve created. 

If an atheist asked you why you believe in god what would you say?

Kayla: Because there’s heaven and hell and I believe in God. I don’t know. That’s how I grew up. My family is very religious and we do all that stuff but I don’t know how to explain it. It’s hard.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Kayla: I don’t know if I do. I don’t know what’s going to happen after. I don’t know. 

If someone asked you who’s Jesus what would you say?

Kayla: I don’t know how to word it. I don’t know how to put it in words. I don’t know how to explain it.

Do you agree with the teaching of the church on abortion?

Kayla: No. It’s your body, your choice. It shouldn’t matter to anybody else because there’s instances where you don’t want to keep the baby, for instance rape. Or if you don’t have enough money to support the baby, why have it? So it could live a bad life? Or for it to end up in foster care and not feel loved? Whereas you could just abort it and, when you’re ready, give birth. I think that no one should be able to tell you whether or not you should keep that baby because it’s your body. Your body changes, you’re adapting to the baby and it messes with your body. And living with the fact that your child was conceived the way you didn’t want it to would just probably eat the woman alive. 

Why do you think the Catholic Church says abortion is wrong?

Kayla: Because you are killing a life. 

What do you think about the Church’s teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman?

Kayla: I don’t like that because that’s not right. Yes, Adam and Eve, but no, you should be able to love who you want. In my family, they don’t accept that either. They don’t accept the same gender in my family. Some of my family members allow it. Like my mom, she doesn’t care. She has a lot of gay friends. But her sisters, some of them don’t like that. They want me to be with a man or, like, a boy with a girl. I don’t think that’s right. I think you should be able to have feelings for whoever you want whether it’s the same gender or not. I don’t like that. I don’t agree.

Should you always have the right to act on your feelings? Some adults have feelings for small children. Should they be allowed to act on them?

Kayla: Oh yeah, that’s wrong. 

How do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong?

Kayla: Well because abortion, yeah, it’s wrong, you’re killing a life, but it’s not anyone else’s choice. If I had a baby and I wasn’t ready and my choice was to abort it, my mom would probably kill me, not literally, but she would probably be upset. But it’s not her choice because it’s not coming from her. The baby is not growing inside of her, it’s growing in me, so it would be my choice, regardless of what I grew up believing. And gay marriage, love is love, you attract who you attract, and sometimes it might be wrong but it is what it is. You might attract someone else the same gender, and you should be allowed to. There shouldn’t be no wrong in liking who you like and what you prefer. 

It is legal in California for someone with a terminal illness to commit suicide with a doctor’s assistance. What do you think about that?

Kayla: It is? And a doctor can help them? Woah, I never knew about that. Well, I mean if they don’t want to live and they’re allowed to do it, then why not? Why waste more time being alive if you don’t want to be here? Yeah, it’s not right, but if they don’t want to be here, then why keep living if you don’t want to live? And even if it’s not right, it’s their choice. You can’t stop them. 

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Mary Rose.

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