June 30, 2008
Being Catholic around other Catholics
I love the Church. I'm faithful to the Magisterium. So I admit I'm completely perplexed and bewildered by people who reject the Church's authority and basically everything that makes Catholics Catholic but want to stay...Catholic. As a convert, I have no familial or cultural connection to Catholicism, so my brain just doesn't compute this stance because it's so terribly inconsistent from a purely logical viewpoint. It's always difficult for me to engage in discussion with such people because I just don't get it, and I find it hard to temper my desire to defend the Church with some semblance of charity and understanding. I think my complete inability to understand them, combined with my general dry and sarcastic personality, causes me to come off as self-righteous and accusatory. I'm working on that.