For the second time in a couple of weeks, I’ve read about a family returning to the Catholic Church. In both cases, theological issues and issues of liturgy were of no importance to the decisions. This would be unremarkable except for the fact that both persons were quite educated on both topics. A common theme for both conversions was the universal commonality that Catholicism afforded. I am Catholic because I and my people are Catholic could easily enough be the sentiment. Oddly enough, solidarity with one’s people tends to be absent among on-line Catholics. Loathing, contempt, and embarrassment are more often offered at the common Catholics.
Speaking of loathing, we have Reverend Know-It-All’s parody letter. A representative gem of that letter would be:
They rent the hall and then go see the priest. He tells them there are four other weddings that day and they respond, “but we’ve rented the hall already.”
I always thought fiction should have some basis in reality. Given four dates, the first through fourth reception halls are more likely to be rented than the church reserved. Illusions of grandeur I suspect. This whine and moan format is followed throughout. About the only thing more annoying than a bride being a petty narcissist is for her priest to be one. I’m sorry Father, but it isn’t all about you either. Not to put too fine a point on the matter, but the Church has managed to screw up the marriage business so badly that virtually no couple has a firm foundation to believe an annulment sought would be denied. Our latest celebrity convert is bragging about how his adulteress brought him into the church.