When you go to Mass on Sundays, do you shop around? Thirty years ago, that question would have struck most Catholics as bizarre, even in poor taste. A different world.
I go to a fairly small Catholic liberal arts college. The other reason I chose my particular school is that it seemed to embody the Catholic ideal of being in the world, but not of the world. I thought the students there would grapple with reality and not put themselves in an idealistic Catholic bubble, while still maintaining the principles of our faith and spurring themselves on to always be better people.
Where I come fromCatholic schools are practically the norm. Some of my friends expressed they quit Catholicism because of their not-so-happy years in Catholic school. While I still believe in the existence of a higher power, perhaps even God himself, I do understand and share their resentment.
How much Corruption is too much to disqualify the Bobblehead Bimbo of Arkansas? Planned Parenthoodlum invoice for baby parts. Clintonians mock Catholics, blacks, Jews and Gentiles alike, calls everyone but her enlightened elite, irredeemably deplorable, colludes with the mainstream media branch of government and the DofJustice.
Catholicism unknown. If you have a different religion and you don't want to sin, good luck getting rid of any you already have. Basically, Catholicism is a religion where you CAN murder, steal, lie, and break all the rules, and then be forgiven.
When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. It also includes secular-minded people, many Jews, some Muslims, and even a good number of self-described gays. Though the French legislature passed la loi Taubira legalizing same-sex marriage inthe Socialist government has subsequently trod somewhat more carefully in the realm of social policy.
Correction Appended. She considers herself both a devoted Catholic and a hopeless sinner. She attends Mass every Sunday but has had two children out of wedlock.
When I was a kid, my dad taught me a valuable life lesson that I still use on a regular basis to this day. Those familiar with the game are aware of just how much of a time-suck it could be, and I spent countless hours of my childhood summers cutting logs, completing quests, and smelting armor. One day fifth-grade me was minding my own business playing Runescape, heading to the bank to deposit some ore when another character approached and propositioned me. He told me that if I would pay him just a little bit of money in exchange, he could get me to level 99 in whatever skills I wanted.
Sorry, but not sorry, for the somewhat harsh title. As the Easter season has drawn to a close, I was reflecting on penitence. During the 50 days of Easter we celebrate in the Church, we are jubilant in that our Lord has conquered death by His Resurrection.