Yes, I’m a Christian.
Yes, I like the pope.
Yes, I read The Bible.
Yes, I’ve been on a retreat.
Yes, I was baptized as a baby.
Yes, I listen to gospel music.
Yes, I’ve been to a baptist church.
Yes, I’m okay with people being gay.
Yes, I’m okay with birth control and abortion.
No, I was never told by any Catholic leaders that the above things were wrong to answer, “yes” to.
Guess what, I was raised Catholic- and I’m happy I was. Even now, there is no other religious ideology I identify with more than Catholicism. Look, I’m not saying that Catholicism is -the way the truth and the light for you. But, for me it is.
I grew up Catholic. My mother went to Catholic school up until college, and my grandmother attended Catholic school for high school. I attended Catholic school, from middle through high school. I attended church every Sunday and there was no question that on vacation, we were sure to find a Catholic church in the area. Before I delve in I wanted to make sure that you had some context with my upbringing.
The bulk of my family isn’t Catholic. My “family church” is actually a Baptist church. So every family reunion ended with us celebrating reunion at a Baptist church service. I’ve been to Jewish, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Episcopal, and Protestant services. I had the privilege of studying different religions in my Catholic school, and the education was eye-opening. I’ve never felt pressured to practice a certain faith by the Catholic leaders in my life.
So here is what prompted me to write this blog.