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  •  Please send your question to the Pope (3+ / 0-)
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    maf1029, LSophia, Debby

    and ask for an explanation for the silence from the band of bishops on the Troy Davis execution. Murdered in cold blood.  
    I was raised Catholic, and have identified with the religion as part of my cultural heritage. As far back as I can go in my family tree- all my relatives are Catholic.  I have not raised my daughter Catholic, and none of my five brothers and two sisters are raising their children Catholic or are members of any Catholic church.
    Hypocrisy is just the tip of the iceberg.
    This Church where I learned my first lessons in social justice has broken my heart many times.
    I have literally needed to vomit in church and had severe migraines due to the subversion of the New Testament that the Catholic Church is based on.
    I have struggled for many years with the question(s)- do I fight from the inside as an active Catholic or leave the Church forever?
    I am a woman. A couple of weeks ago when I attended mass and a letter from the bishop fell out of the bulletin urging parishioners to fight the insurance mandate for birth control- I had the headache again... This is a church that is a haven for the gay community and has a priest who took on Catholic Charities in a sermon for trying to prohibit gay couples from adopting children.
    This church is really a beacon of hope and walks the walk with all kinds of outreach and mission work.
    The priest was silent on the issue of health coverage, and I am faced again with the question- do I fight this from the inside or outside?
    Keep shining the light.

    •  I have friends like you (3+ / 0-)
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      maf1029, donaurora, LSophia

      who ask themselves that question every day.  I admire your courage.  

      I had to leave - my doubts went back to childhood and I finally couldn't take it any more.  I'm much happier now.  When these issues arise it just reminds me that I made the right decision, but I would not tell anyone to follow me.

      I guess that's one difference between me and the bishops.

      •  Difficult to navigate Catholicism (2+ / 0-)
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        LSophia, Debby

        One must make the decision based on personal values. So much of my family identity is tied to Catholicism. And there is still a strong part of me that wants to really the troops- an speak the ultimate truth to the corrupt patriarchal powers that have done so much damage to the religion.

    •  Rec'd for... (2+ / 0-)
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      donaurora, LSophia

      ... this:

      This Church where I learned my first lessons in social justice has broken my heart many times

      You are not alone in that.

      As an aside -- one of the best things I ever did for myself was to abandon that ecclesiastical whorehouse and dump the voodoo. Not saying that that's what you should do, but it was the option which gave me peace of mind and my life back to me.

      "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées, #894.

      by maf1029 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 02:49:32 PM PST

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