The story of my life

2 12 2008

It’s as if he has had a hidden camera following me for the past ten years

The only variation is that I really never left my confession officially except for a few months. But this rings very true on a number of levels.


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6 12 2008
Alice C. Linsley

There is no perfect church but there are perfected Saints in glory.

6 12 2008
Diane Kamer

“I’ve never been looking for a big whole perfect communion, because that’s Protestant idea to the core.”

Amen, preach it, brother! This Cradle Catholic (born and bred in the pious ’50s) heartily agrees.

Chimerical purism is insane. The Quest for the Perfect Church is doomed to failure. As the husband of a church-hopping friend once told her, “If you ever find the ‘perfect’ church, they won’t have you as a member.”

Ain’t nobody here but us sinners. Leave Catharism to the Cathari.

5 12 2008
FrGregACCA

“Then go on a tirade on how some random social malaise is some other church’s fault, like blaming McDonald’s on Luther…”

Calvin, not Luther, is clearly responsible for McDonald’s.

5 12 2008
Clavem Abyssi

I think I’ve wandered through all the steps and then gone back to #2 ‘cuz it’s the funnest. 😛

But really, a lot of those stages can be applied to any human attachment that requires some commitment: campaigning for Barack Obama, coming out of the cloest as a homosexual, discovering Japanese animation, etc…

4 12 2008
Sam Urfer

There is much truth in this post. However, I have to say that as a Medievalist with many bad Catholic relatives, there is very little in the way of illusion regarding the Catholic Church on my part, so I agree largely with triunepieces. It takes an extraordinary act of denial to not see the massive problems in Catholicism. The question then, is it worth it? For myself, that is a definite yes.

3 12 2008
Fearsome Comrade

The cage-phase convert will often, in order to prove he is not in the cage phase, grant some token imperfection in his church. But it’s always a token gesture immediately followed up with an explanation of why these problems are not really your church’s fault…blame them on people who aren’t catechized well enough, too much influence from the outside, or possibly space aliens. Then go on a tirade on how some random social malaise is some other church’s fault, like blaming McDonald’s on Luther, or blaming abortion on late medieval scholasticism.

3 12 2008
Arturo Vasquez

I have to agree in a limited way with the Comrade. While most Catholic converts I don’t think are very concerned with the whole “perfect church” stuff, mainly because of what I outlined a couple of posts ago, there is a significant vocal minority that are obsessed with the perfect Church thing. And not a few cradles as well.

3 12 2008
Fearsome Comrade

I can’t imagine any Catholic converts who aren’t complete mouth breathers who didn’t know this.

I cannot imagine any true Scotsman who wears shorts under his kilt.

I’ve never been looking for a big whole perfect communion, because that’s Protestant idea to the core.

If you survey enough Catholics, every idea and its negation is thorougly Protestant to its core.

3 12 2008
triunepieces

You’ve discovered that your new church in fact has a lot of ugliness in its history, has a lot of jerks in its power structure, can’t solve all of life’s problems, and isn’t always all that consistent or believable in what it teaches or what it does.

Oh, hell give me a break. I can’t imagine any Catholic converts who aren’t complete mouth breathers who didn’t know this. I came in at the height of great sex scandal of of the early oughts. I’m pretty sure the priest of my chosen parish was a homosexual, and the RCIA program was dominated by well intentioned, yet extremely heretical catholic liberals who: (1) didn’t suggest any any way shape or form that we go to confession before our confirmation/reception of holy eucharist; (2) told us that it’s okay to be catholic and pro-abortion, as long as you had a “well-formed conscience” on the issue; and (3) said quite clearly that whether we remained catholic or decided to attend some other denomination in the future, that we make sure to stay committed to our faith communities because that’s what buddy Jesus would want, in a new age/heal thyself kind of way.

So I went and confessed elsewhere, took up my own confirmation name (we never talked about the saints), and crossed the Tiber anyway. I’ve never been looking for a big whole perfect communion, because that’s Protestant idea to the core. Makes no sense to look for it in the Universal Church. Especially in the one with the fiercest saints and most cunning criminals.

You can take that and put it in the Vatican Bank.

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