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The Last Catholic in America
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6819, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:08 PM

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The Last Catholic in America, was a book I read when I was pregnant with my first child. Embarking on a huge milestone of my own journey, motherhood, I wondered if I would have my child baptized, raise children as Catholics as my mother's family had for generations, or try to find my own way in the spiritual world. In the end, we went with tradition. Several decades later, I still sometimes wonder if the proverbial "faith of our fathers'" will see us all to the finish line. So many changes, so few changes, so much to consider.

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Rather than dwell on the profound and the depressing, I thought I'd offer an opportunity for all the Catholics among us to laugh at ourselves, celebrate the humanity of the mother church, and perhaps even invite the non-Catholics (aka "Catholic Lovers) to share an insight or even a chuckle.
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Anyone care to share?
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7 Replies to The Last Catholic in America

re: The Last Catholic in America (karma: 1)
By UberGoobermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6414, member since Sat May 15, 2004
On Thu Apr 25, 2013 01:12 PM
Have you seen the facebook page "Catholic Memes"? There are some funny ones! You would enjoy some of them. They get shared frequently on my newsfeed since I went to a Catholic college. Not a Catholic...yet. Considering RCIA classes this year as my significant other is Catholic. Doing some reading currently. To be continued... ;)
re: The Last Catholic in America (karma: 1)
By Nyssasisticmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3643, member since Sat Sep 20, 2003
On Thu Apr 25, 2013 04:47 PM
My absolute favorite:

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I just love our new pope. He is such an awesome example of how even Jesus chose to be poor in spirit.

And this one is just... Well, yeah.

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I was late to the Catholic party, but I'm sure glad I got here. Spirituality aside, I really love the tradition and ritual to it. I love that it's been around for a while, so if I ever have a question about a theological issue there is a clearly defined answer with logical reasoning to back it up.
re: The Last Catholic in America
By SoClassy Comments: 316, member since Mon Dec 03, 2012
On Thu Apr 25, 2013 06:41 PM
At the end of the Mass, the priest says, "Go in peace, the Mass has ended." The congregation's traditional yet cheeky response: "Thanks be to God."

I love the picture of the popes. Francis has really shown the love of God, God's way!
re: The Last Catholic in America (karma: 1)
By Cheesemoo Comments: 639, member since Mon Jun 23, 2008
On Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:44 PM
My great uncle is a priest and frequent napper and when he would nod off in the car we would wake him with mass parts. "The word of the lord" we would say, "THANKS BE TO GOD!" he would reply frantically, waking up.

Anyway, yeah, I was raised Catholic and I still do consider myself to be a Catholic even though my political and social views have branched off a bit from the church (I'm for gay marriage, for example). I really do appreciate the traditional nature of the church, though, and the Mass is quite beautiful, especially some of the special masses around Easter. (the Easter Vigil, though 3 hours long is really quite something.)
I have my doubts about religion sometimes, but I really find the Mass to be a renewing experience and a good time for reflection so I still do go every Sunday.

So yeah, hello to all you DDN Catholics!
re: The Last Catholic in America (karma: 2)
By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11592, member since Thu Dec 16, 2004
On Fri Apr 26, 2013 02:46 AM
A few weeks ago, my very good and very old friend was telling me about her daughter's confirmation party. All of a sudden, she stops and gets this weird look on her face. Then I realize she's embarrassed because she's telling me - a sexy gay man - that she's confirming her daughter in the anti-gay Catholic church. LOL, I have never NEVER seen this woman embarrassed about ANYTHING. In 25 years, this was the first hint of embarrassment I had EVER seen from her. And it was HILARIOUS. So I had to give her "the talk". "Sweetie," I said, "I'm not going to judge you because I know you didn't choose that lifestyle. You were born Catholic."

The weird thing about this scenario is that this woman has been a very outspoken gay activist for the past 25 years. At least half her friends are gay. Plus, everyone knows she's Catholic. And we both live in a very Catholic region, so she knows that like 75% of MY friends are Catholic. So it was very odd that she felt like she needed to apologize for having her daughter confirmed. Anyway, I told her I was glad she was raising her children in Catholicism because the church needed more compassionate, smart, beautiful people like her daughter.

Did y'all know that most US Catholics actually support same-sex marriage? LOL. Suck it, bigots.
re: The Last Catholic in America
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6819, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Tue May 07, 2013 11:15 PM
When we were very young and taught by nuns,we were told the Catholic Church was the only "true" religion, the church founded by St. Peter himself, and Peter was put in place by Jesus Himself..."Upon this rock I will build my church" and all that jazz.

I stumbled across this tonight and wished I could have sent it to a few of my earliest teachers.
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re: The Last Catholic in America
By LyraOdette Comments: 69, member since Sun Apr 21, 2013
On Sun Jun 23, 2013 03:57 PM
Well, at least most of the posters who responded actually love our Church...

Cradle Catholic girl here with Mass every Sunday and Catholic Elementry school graduation. Going to a Catholic High School too.

Love Pope Francis but have a soft spot in my heart for JP2. He was pretty awesome— "Perhaps I love you more,", anyone?

Funniest Catholic moment of the year—us 8th graders were in class when Sister intercommed us there was white smoke, and the entire class cheered and yelled and jumped on desks when Pope Francis was announced. However the seventh graders were at the Newseum and they watched it in public, in their uniforms, attended by a nun, screaming and hugging and jumping up and down in a lobby full of nonbelievers and believers alike. Everyone stared. :)