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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:47 AM
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13. If you're gonna be a Christian, may as well go Old School.
Catholic or Orthodox.

Almost anywhere you go in the world you can find a place to attend Mass.

And it's fascinating to me how the Church incorporates local culture, or how local cultures incorporate the Church. It goes both ways.

The Church is its people even when the one-percenters are rotten. Same as the people of a nation. The Church has exactly the same sort of rot in its hierarchy that the USA has in its government. I hate the Church the same way I hate the USA, but most people in the church community, as with any random community, are pretty wonderful even when their leaders stink.

There are places where I wouldn't attend Mass again because the local leaders are hateful, corrupt, and/or dumber and more rigid than pet rocks, but not many places like that, or maybe I just don't go to places like that in general.

My mom's a wandering heretic, so I grew up pretty comfortable in any church or religion she wasn't actively at war with. Her war with the Catholics was over before I was born. She'd been thinking about becoming a nun, but then she ran into one of those nasty pet rock Priests, which set her off on her religious Odyssey taking us and my dad along for the ride.

My own kids have grown up in a thoroughly social justice left wing liberal Catholic community.
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