Comments: Punching My Ticket to Hell... If There is One.

Good for you for standing up to that woman. I'm Catholic...but I'm with you, especially about the pedophile part. Going to Church doesn't make you holy or good. It's about listening to the inner-voice/Spirit/whatever that tells you to make the right and good choices. Some people have the mistaken idea that THEY are that voice.

Personally, I need the rituals and solemnity to help me find that inner voice. Others need a more ebullient type of structure. Others don't need any of that at all and they're still good people. Live by example, people. Remember the story of the Good Samaritan...or in this case, the Good Boudicca!

Posted by Mrs. Who at May 30, 2010 11:50 PM

It's funny, because when I told her this story she said to her husband, 'She is telling us the story of the Good Samaritan."

I think it was lost on her. She said to me after, "So, when all this happened, were you going to church regularly?"

She missed it. It was as if in her small little box, to have something bigger than you, guide you, whether its God, the Universe, or some inner voice, you MUST be going to church, otherwise it will not happen.

I shook my head and said, "no... I was not going to church at the time."

A potential for learning for her... and she missed the lesson altogether, yet she teaches in the Catholic Church.

And I'm not picking out Catholics. You find these kinds of people in any religion. I often wonder why I tolerate it and I find a voice within me saying, "Forgive her Lord, she knows not what she says..."

Posted by Bou at May 30, 2010 11:56 PM

At the risk of causing displeasure, I believe I know exactly what you mean.

Posted by Curtis at May 31, 2010 12:43 AM

It's that woman's kind of thinking that, among other things, keeps me AWAY from organized religion. Things like the Catholic Church's protection of pedophile priests and Islamic "leaders" who ignore their own relgion's teaching and encourage terrorism don't help either.
FYI - Time magazine's cover story this week is on the pope and the pedophile scandals.

Posted by George P at May 31, 2010 09:17 AM

It couldn't have escaped their notice that you have been exposed for *many* years to Catholic doctrine and life. That may be the most insulting aspect of the 'my way or no way' stance.

Love that you set her straight. Hope she passes it on... and trust me, she will. ;-)

Posted by Pam at May 31, 2010 09:40 AM

I think a lot of Catholics only go to church because of the famous catholic guilt.

I haven't been to church regularly since we got married, but I don't think I am any less of a catholic then others I know that go to church every week.

But those that go to church regularly and rag on me about it are less of a catholic in my eyes because they feel they are above or better then you because they go to church, something that god doesn't get down with.

Posted by Quality Weenie at May 31, 2010 05:18 PM

Being of a faith that has a very prominent missionary program, I must confess that trying to actively "convert" someone who is perfectly comfortable with their faith has always made me uncomfortable. I have no problem answering questions of those curious to know more, or encouraging those who may be actively looking for their faith. But I would never encourage someone to leave their faith for another, especially if they were happy with it.

Posted by diamond dave at May 31, 2010 11:45 PM

I love church.

Posted by Toluca Nole at June 1, 2010 03:48 PM

I miss the liturgy and the music. I miss the King James Bible. I miss what I grew up with. I searched the county of San Diego in vain. There is no going back.

Posted by Curtis at June 3, 2010 03:00 AM

My dad was an atheist. He and my mom agreed to raise my sister and me as Catholics. Out of respect, he was at our baptisms and our first communions. Other than marriages, that was the only other times he ever went to church.

Posted by Denny at June 3, 2010 10:42 PM