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Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Cristina A. Montes

I always tell friends and family that no matter how bad the economy in the Philippines would become, I will never migrate because although things are changing here, you can practice the Catholic faith here like nowhere else in the world.

Ed Peters

JA has not missed a point, so much as he has not mentioned one (or several): yes, we have only 6% of the world's Catholics: but we also have 50% of the world Catholic colleges (at least in name), a huge percentage of the world's Catholic publications, virtually all of the world's international Catholic media (broadcast), pay for well over half of the world total missionary efforts, and I'm guessing cover about half of the Vatican's annual budget. We're not your typical 6%, by a LONG shot.

Carl Olson

Ed: Which goes a long ways to explain why Allen will be living in NYC and not, say, Central America or the Sahara. Sure, he's American, but I'm guessing that even if he were French he would opt for NYC over those other exotic but not so influential or heavily-networked places...

Deacon John M. Bresnahan

Ed is probably right about his statistics. And he is right about the "pull" this can bring. Maybe that is why so many Americans come across as arrogant know-it-alls around the world. It is ironic that so often when I read about how the rest of the world's Catholics had better change and become more like American liberal Catholics I am reminded of the old adage: "He who has the gold makes the rules." But I thought it was liberals who usually condemned the influence of "gold" in human affairs --political or religious. Ed never did say whether he thought this "pull" was good or bad or being used for good or bad.From his dig at so-called Catholic colleges, I presume he is skeptical-as I am-- about whether American Power in world Catholicism is a good thing the way things are going.

Ed Peters

Call me, the Master of Inscrutability. (It is better than some other things I've been called.)

Ed Peters

Seriously, I'm guessing that Curia, or at least the Italians in the Curia, pretty much see all Americans as the same (rich, mildly liberal, with poor taste in food & fashion, and politically dumb). But remember, this is the same group that thinks there's a single thing called "America" stretches from the Artic Circle to the Antartic. Ha! But just try suggesting to them that, say, Calabrians and Milanese are pretty much alike, and what the fireworks fly.

A Simple Sinner

Without wanting to sound bitter or vitriolic, I usually prefer to call most of the "Catholic Colleges" post Catholic" or colleges that have have a Catholic heritage or Catholic roots.

I attended a "Catholic College" for a year and found it to be rather secular.


At least Catholics here in the States remember what a "social contract" is, unlike many of their Protestant brethren.

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