It seemed absurd. But the fact is that the establishment in this country still does not open its arms to Catholics.
You know how the church has been hit so hard by the sexual misconduct by clergy, and what’s that’s done to Catholics, especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
I enjoy being Jewish, but I’m an atheist… I hate fundamentalism in all its forms. Jews, Catholics, Baptists, I think they are all potty and capable of destroying the world.
Let Catholics build their own churches and works.
Ordinary Catholics are praying when they do not think they are. They are praying when they offer implicitly all they are doing to God.
I feel a little uncomfortable at being asked the sorts of questions that other Catholics in public life tend not to be asked.
I have taken the position, which is quite common among Catholics – I have got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions.
I saw the first of the 7-mile-long column appear – red and orange and green banners, ‘Ban the Bomb!’ etc., shining and swaying slowly. Absolute silence. I found myself weeping to see the tan, dusty marchers, knapsacks on their backs – Quakers and Catholics, Africans and whites, Algerians and French – 40 percent were London housewives.
We Protestants automatically assume that the Pharisees are the Catholics. They are the self-righteous people who have made Christianity a form of legalistic religion, thereby destroying the free grace of the Gospel. We Protestants are the tax collectors, knowing that we are sinners and that our lives depend upon God’s free grace.
Schubert, Franck, and Liszt were all Roman Catholics who questioned or doubted or lived in different ways, and religion was certainly part of all their lives.
One of the problems with the identification of Christianity with love is how such a view turns out to be both anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic. The Jews and Catholics become identified with the law or dogma, in contrast to Protestant Christians, who are about love.
Like many Catholics, I was very affected by the personality of Jesus and that impression, pious as it was, has stayed with me.
What has always puzzled me is the flexibility of God’s word. For instance, Catholics can now eat meat on Fridays. And limbo has been abolished. How does this work? Who tells them?
I grew up on the north side of Chicago, in West Rogers Park, an overwhelmingly Jewish neighborhood. When I was 13, my parents moved to Winnetka, Illinois, an upper class, WASPy suburb where Jews – as well as Blacks and Catholics – were unwelcome on many blocks. I suffered the spiritual equivalent of whiplash.
It is precisely our job as Catholics to speak the truth as plainly and precisely as we can.
I became a minister of the Eucharist when I was 17. My parents aren’t very strict Catholics, but for some reason I decided this is what I want to do, and I have kept it up.
I think it was a good and necessary thing that the American upper class diversified, and that more African-Americans and Jews and Catholics (like myself) and women now share privileges and powers once reserved for Protestant white men.
Where conservative Catholics have the power to resist what seem like false ideas or disastrous innovations they must do so.
I have very close friends who are very devout Catholics, and I talked to them before the ‘Da Vinci Code,’ and it was very difficult for them, but I talked to them before ‘Angels and Demons,’ and they said the scandal, abuse of power and violence was part of church history, which you can read about in the Vatican bookstore.
I found out that many of our Catholics simply don’t know what the church teaches, and why, on a lot of issues, and therefore are saying things that they think are okay. They simply don’t know.
The Catholics of Maryland were the first people on the new continent to declare universal religious toleration. Let this be remembered to their eternal honor.
We’re seeing a much larger ministry here for the general community. Not just Catholics, but others are calling us too. They’re not looking for lawyers or suing their grandfathers, but counseling and healing.
There was only one decline in church attendance, and that was in the late 1960s when the Vatican said it was not a sin to miss Mass. They said Catholics could act like Protestants, and so they did.
I come from a long line of staunch Irish Catholics.
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