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Response to pnwmom (Reply #28)

Fri Sep 2, 2016, 10:37 AM

30. I don't find personal experience very compelling.

I was raised in the Church, too. Our individual experiences were different, but don't mean much in the grander scheme of things. Just because you went through however many years of sermons without reference to homosexuality doesn't mean the experience at the parish down the road from you was even remotely similar.

What I can tell you is this: The College of American Bishops has taken a very hard stance against non-heteronormatives, and their parishioners are pretty much ignoring them, just like they ignore them on the matter of contraceptives, cohabitation, sex before marriage, and the highly questionable use of certain non-vaginal orifices for sexual gratification.

This has nothing to do with scripture. American Catholics screw, cohabitate, contracept, and give/receive blowjobs because it has become socially acceptable to screw, cohabitate, contracept, and give/receive blowjobs. More and more Catholics have warmed to the equal status of gay people because it has become more and more socially unacceptable to hate on gay people.

This isn't the 1960's. Or the 1970's. Or the 1980's. Our society has become more educated, more diverse, and more mobile. The minute kids started moving away from the neighborhoods their parents lived in all their lives, the Catholic church was robbed of much of its influence. Our social standing is no longer related to our adherence to Catholic dogma, and as a result, Catholic dogma became far, far less important to our day-to-day living... particularly the dogma that bans fun things for no particular reason.

But if you really want to talk about personal experience, my personal experience was this: Sunday after Sunday after Sunday, the same hundred or so people crawled into church because it was expected of them.

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