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Old 11-28-2001, 10:02 PM   #1
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I'm angry to the point that...

...I'm considering leaving my religion, Roman Catholicism, permanently, after 21 years of being a part of it. The Pope has made one too many blitheringly narrow-minded and offensive homophobic statements finally, and I'm looking into other, more open-minded Christian sects. Roman Catholicism simply has so many lies and "misinformations" piled on top of each other that I am questioning whether I can even stay in it with good conscience.

I've lost all confidence that my native faith can change any longer. I was brought up in it to believe it was a fairly liberal and tolerant sect, and it has proven this in regards to social justice for the unfortunate and in reaching out to leaders of other religions, both Protestant and non-Christian.

However, the Vatican has simply proven over the last few years that it values faulty tradition over people. And now that the Pope has openly encouraged discrimination at the secular level against anyone who supposedly "threatens the traditional family," I am just angered beyond belief, particularly since the Pope also alluded to atrociously flawed "natural law" arguments, which find their root at the "Adam and Eve" garbage--which they discourage belief in anyway! I hope the old @#$% is very pleased with himself that I, once one of the most ardent supporters of the Catholic Church in public and on this forum, simply cannot stand to even think about the faith anymore without seething with internal revulsion and betrayal.

Maybe my emotions will change tomorrow, and I will take back what I have written, but, in the meantime, I am interested in knowing the other facets of Christianity. Just so you know, don't even suggest faiths that are either fundamentalist or homophobic, because I will not be interested.

It's only ironic yesterday that I mentioned that I would likely start my own denomination, had it not been for my Catholic background, which, generally, means that we are more reluctant to break off if we are unhappy. Perhaps this is the sign I was waiting for. Had it not been for Martin Luther, for instance, the Church would likely never have changed during Vatican II. What do you think?

And no smart ass comments, okay? I'm being both sincere and dead serious here. If this seems arrogant, so be it, and drop it.

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Old 11-28-2001, 10:40 PM   #2
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Personally, I hate all the divisions of the Christian religion. You shouldn't give a rats ass what the Pope says. You are a Christian before you're a Catholic.

I've often wondered if I had a choice at birth, would I choose to be in the Catholic Church. I don't think I would. But, I wouldn't have wavered on my Christian beliefs.



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Like I've always said...I'm catholic but not by choice. Don't tell my parents though! I've always thought that the catholic church was just a money making regime and a crock of crap personally. I grew up with it and despised every moment of it. Sorry if this offends anyone but that's just how I feel.

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Like I've always said...I'm catholic but not by choice. Don't tell my parents though! I've always thought that the catholic church was just a money making regime and a crock of crap personally. I grew up with it and despised every moment of it. Sorry if this offends anyone but that's just how I feel.

You dont' offend me.

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Old 11-28-2001, 10:54 PM   #6
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So what do you believe in that differs from the official stances, if you don't mind me asking? And, if you do have these differences, how do you reconcile it to the degree that you remain a practicing Catholic?

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Melon, as a Roman Catholic myself, I do understand your anger and frustration.

Add to that being a female, and all that entails, w/ some of the Church's and The Pope's, views.

But just speaking for myself, NONE of this can shake the foundations of my faith, as it is the most important thing in my life.

I sincerely hope you do not 'leave' the faith. In my experience, it is the nature of life in the faith to constantly question and struggle w/ these issues. Leaving is 'giving up', isn't it? I say this only because of my struggles, both w/ The Church in general, and w/ the church I attend.

We need people like you who think so deeply about these issues. I commend you for your honesty.
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Melon,

I feel the same way you do. If I had enough ambition, I'd start my own denomination.

I just believe that if I live a good life and treat people well, I should be ok in the end.

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So what do you believe in that differs from the official stances, if you don't mind me asking? And, if you do have these differences, how do you reconcile it to the degree that remain practicing?

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Differences: I don't agree with the Catholic church regarding the ban on priests marrying. Sexual relations before marriage should be allowed if you're in a committed relationship. The average age of people who get married has steadily increased due to societal/economic pressure concerning education, career, etc. I have often wished that I could be married before God without the necessary societal/economic requirements regarding education, house, etc. in place.

I also think that the Church purposedly (sp) excludes some members of society who are committed followers of Christ.

How do I reconcile my differences to the degree that I remain practicing? I guess I should consider myself a practicing Christian who happens to belong to a Catholic Church.



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I guess I should consider myself a practicing Christian who happens to belong to a Catholic Church.
Perhaps I am prodding here, but why remain Catholic knowing this? Why not, for instance, convert to a different Christian sect? Just curious...

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Perhaps I am prodding here, but why remain Catholic knowing this? Why not, for instance, convert to a different Christian sect? Just curious...

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Because the people in my church are great people. There is an awesome sense of community. And our basketball team is pretty good.



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Because the people in my church are great people. There is an awesome sense of community.
You know, I think that's what really has bothered me more than anything. It's not what the Pope indiscriminately spouts off; it's really the fact that I don't feel like I fit in within Catholicism, and, increasingly, feel like I am a stranger within my own religion. It would be nice to rectify, but I wonder if it's even possible.

Thanks for your responses. They're appreciated.

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melon, does your religion need a name? Thats a serious question too. I mean, is it really posible to find an organised religion that will not let you down in some way? No matter how subconcious it is, or how you do your best to look over it (which is definately not your style) By this I dont mean that organised religiopn WILL fail you, its just that i dont believe there is one that will fit all your ideals perfectly. if you do find one, congratulations and all the best, but I feel with your thirst for complete and total knowledge on such an issue will mean you may spend the rest of your life finding one to match what you believe is right and true.

Im simply curious to know why folks need a name or label for their beliefs. Does someone really need a building to pray in, or get closer to God? If not for you melon, perhaps you could consider going solo, at least you will know you will not let yourself down as you have the ability to adapt, and formulate your own ideas as you see fit.
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Damn, Angela, you do that a lot! Why do you always insist on writing my thoughts down before I get around to it??

So, what Angela said, and Melon - I'm surprised that you are so reluctant to cut the umbilical cord, as I have always felt that finding the truth was more important to you than being with people who think the same way as you do. Face it, Melon, you're lightyears ahead of most people when it comes to education and curiosity, and you can't expect everyone to keep up, least of all an old man like the Pope (no disrespect intended), so I'd give serious thought to "going solo" as Angela puts it.
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haha sorry Klod. To be honest though, Im sure the main purpose of melon's post was to get some suggestions on religons he might want to take a second look at, and Im sure all of what I said he has already considered.

That said, I'm being a tad too presumpotous here so I'll shut up and let melon speak for himself.
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