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Thursday, January 18, 2007

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Jackson

Your interview with the deacon really is excellent, Carl. Kudos to both of you.

Rich Leonardi

Indeed. Brilliant post, Carl. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

cranky

"what the Catholic Church actually teaches is true, good and beautiful despite the hypocrisy and contradiction of Church members who do not actually live the faith they profess."

That's inspired. It could be carved above the door on the way out of Mass.

Nigel

As one of the very few black members of a predominantly white parish, I couldn't agree more with Carl's analysis of the situation. It's hard to imagine someone seriously saying to one of the apostles "I'll join up when I see you include more ethnic diversity and outreach among your ranks". The same goes for the Apostolic Church, let alone telling God almighty what "races" he needs to work with and when (like, oh I don't know, the Jews maybe?) It's an unfortunate and intellectually suicidal position to take, and smacks of the very racism Father Tolton had to deal with. I'm not saying that it's not a little lonely sometimes, or that I always feel I'm treated exactly the same as I would if I were white, but by far (very far!) my parish has shown me nothing but love and open arms. Frankly, with all the bad blood that's been boiling between "whites" and "blacks" for the past couple hundred years, I'm pleasantly surprised with how smooth things are going. If someone wants to do a targeted outreach for whatever reason, I'm all for it, but not as if there's some kind of weird quota to be met...the Holy Spirit cannot be guilt tripped.

Celestial SeraphiMan

May God bless all of you involved in that story. Let there be not domination or strife. May we all come together as a holy family, welcoming each other's differences and strengths.

Brian John Schuettler

Right next to me here on the left is a great book by a black Catholic convert, Alex Jones, who knows all about this situation. Good writing, Carl!
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Margaret

What the Catholic Church actually teaches is true, good and beautiful despite the hypocrisy and contradiction of Church members who do not actually live the faith they profess.

I'm with cranky-- that really is the money quote. I'm going to have to commit it to memory, because it's the answer to so much whining from so many people.

Cristina A. Montes

"It's hard to imagine someone seriously saying to one of the apostles "I'll join up when I see you include more ethnic diversity and outreach among your ranks"."

Love this!

Carl Olson

Thanks, Nigel, for your comment. I appreciate it.

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