I spent a brief time as a Pentecostal before wandering back to the Church. During that time I had several discussions with the pastor of the church I attended. During one he remarked how hard it was to deal with the "faithful" as they all were stubborn and righteous in their own eyes. From my own experience I can relate to that, I've found it easier to deal with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics than many of the devout.
One prime example came to light recently. The wife was with several other members of our parish visiting a woman who had been recently widowed. During the course of the conversations my wife was told the following about our own pastor: (A) He has dementia. (B) He's a Democrat! (C) He is lukewarm towards the pro life teachings of Catholicism.
My spouse and I agreed on the following; as for (A) the person asserting this had heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from a reliable source. Noted. (B) brings out a yawn. So what? I vote Independent, does that make me equally untrustworthy? (C) is bull crap. Both the wife and I have been present during more than one homily where the right to life for all humans was very emphatically asserted.
Sometimes I wonder if Christ didn't welcome crucifixion, at least it allowed Him to to get away from all the day-to-day crap his apostles were doing and all the backstabbing/gossiping that was going on.
- A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.