Why I Am a Catholic

I am a Catholic because the Catholic faith stands the world on its head. It turns over the tables. It makes you expect the unexpected. Just when you thought you had it figured it out, the Catholic Church, like a mischievous and shrewd old woman, pulls a trick on you, calls you to step out of the comfort zone and be radical once again. In every age and in every place Catholicism has been subversive, and the message of Jesus Christ is only good news when it is subversive.

I’m also Catholic because Catholicism provides a time tested and true method for ascertaining religious truth. It avoids supernatural explanations while not being so dogmatic as to rule them out altogether. It demands that we use our human reason, but then says human reason is not enough. It requires obedience to an authority, but says that this obedience is to true religion as a map is for the journey. Catholicism is inclusive where it should be and exclusive where it should be. I’m Catholic because I wish to affirm all, for a man is most often right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies.

  • rachel

    Amen Father! :)

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  • Paul Rodden

    How dare you defy categorisation!

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    “The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.” (Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.)

    • Jill

      ‘Augustine’, thank you for this quote. A friend and I had been frustrated with some things the Church does that seem ‘weak’ and compromising. If I look at them as love, knowing the priniciples remain strong, they’re much more tolerable. Still not perfectly understandable, but easier to look past.

    • Paul Rodden

      Well, I never thought I’d find myself disagreeing with the great Garrigou-Lagrange…!

      ‘Sed contra’:
      “The Church is tolerant* in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are intolerant in principle in as much as they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice in as much as they do not love.”

      Otherwise, are we not restricting grace? I have to say, despite his comment sounding pithy and to the point, I think Garrigou-Lagrange sounds more like Leonard Feeney to me…

      * using J Budziszewski’s definitions of tolerance/intolerance

  • Michael Taylor


    This is THE best answer I’ve ever seen. I’m going to try and put it into a video of sorts.

  • Mike

    Brilliant; where did you copy and paste this from?

    • Victor

      (((Brilliant; where did you copy and paste this from?)))

      MIke is there any other way to do “IT” Haha!

      What’s so funny Victor?

      sinner vic I had read somewhere that we true cat licks, I mean real Catholics were down to about 38% but to be honest, I don’t know where they copied and paste “IT” from. Anyway in prayer I asked GOD (Good Old Dad) in so many words if we had anything to worry about and HE seem to say to “ME”, “ME” and “ME” in a gut feeling and long story short, HE seem to say. Victor! Victor! Victor! “I’VE” noticed that YA do worry a LOT but longer story short, just remember that “MY SON” started the Catholic Religion with the help of HIS SAINTS and HIS ANGELS and HE didn’t even have “ONE” % of HIS CREATION helping out at the time so why do you fret so? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swLsVHRfCLY

      Go Figure NOW? :)



  • http://www.facebook.com/servantofothers Michael J Taylor


    Here is the video I made today with your words. I hope you enjoy it.


  • Victor

    “I” just looked at “IT”!
    Great video Michael but how come YA give this Friendly Priest so much credit?

    April Fool!

    What makes YA think that “I’M” going to allow this Victor, or is “IT” sinner vic NOW?

    Go Figure NOW! :)



    • Mike


    • AlphaOmega

      Sir, with all due respect your communication style is absolutely perplexing.