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How did you decide between Catholicism and Protestantism?

If you converted from Catholicism to a Protestant denomination (or vice versa), what swayed you? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

What are (presumably) Catholic priests doing wearing robes in shades of

While on facebook, I saw a group photo of Catholic priests in India at St. Alphonsa's Tomb and Chapel, Bharananganam, Pala. While I am aware that it is the norm for Catholic priests in India (and some other countries considered tropical) to wear white cassocks as their street dress, and indeed, a number of the priests in the photograph were wearing them, there was something that was truly puzzling to me in spite of growing up Catholic and having attended mass and otherwise had contact with the Catholic church in two Asian countries, Japan and Thailand. In the picture of these priests gathered at this saint's tomb in southern India, there were some among them who were wearing robes or cassocks in shades of peach or puce, and light goldenrod. I have never seen priests dressed this way in any country, and I want to know if there is some special meaning to this. (For those who don't know about Catholicism, there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to what priests and other members of the Catholic hierarchy wear, and why. There is actually a webforum devoted to people discussing what then-Pope Benedict was photographed wearing on public occasions and the philosophical and political implications of same). [more inside]
posted by bunky on Jul 28, 2013 - 5 answers

All Carrots, No Sticks?

I've been a self-studied, involved Christian for most of my adolescence and early adulthood - first as a Catholic, now as an Episcopalian. Here's the thing: I'm pretty sure I don't believe in sin. So, what am I, exactly? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 20, 2013 - 33 answers

perhaps the Vatican is the center of the universe after all

Why is the Pope resigning and the Conclave such a big deal in the media? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Community/resources for the religious-but-not-churchy?

I’ve become a person of (some) faith in the past year, and my life has been better for it. But it feels lonely not to fit into either the secular or religious communities—I'm not far enough along the spectrum one way or the other. Is there any way I can meet other people in a similar place? (Sorry, a little long and snowflake-y.) [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

I do, he does: who marries us?

Please talk to me about your experiences with interfaith wedding ceremonies (specifically, Catholic/non-Catholic.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Reading More on the Quiet Revolution

I want to read more about the cultural history of Quebec's Quiet Revolution, a short period in which suddenly the people of the province became more secularized and the pace of life revolved less and less around their traditional Catholic faith. What are some good papers and books about this? [more inside]
posted by deanc on Jan 26, 2013 - 1 answer

Why does my husband's baptism status matter to his ex-wife's current marriage?

My husband was married briefly and divorced over 20 years ago. Since then, his ex-wife has remarried, divorced again and recently remarried. My husband and his ex wife have had no contact since before the divorce. She has just (out of the blue) asked if my husband was baptized (he was not). She said she would need him to fill out some paperwork acknowledging that he hasn't been baptized so her new marriage is recognized in the Catholic church. Can someone explain what my husband's baptismal status has to do with her current marriage being recognized? They are divorced, there was one child born from their marriage. Could she be trying to have their marriage annulled?? [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Jan 1, 2013 - 18 answers

I don't think "none of your business" translates well into Catholic

I'm in the process of applying for an annulment to my marriage in the Catholic church, and am already feeling incredibly violated and offended by what the tribunal wants to know in order to pass judgement. Help me figure out if I want to suck it up and proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 - 27 answers

History/Origin of Catholic School Girl Uniform

I'm looking for a source, preferably in English, on the history and/or origin of the Catholic school girl uniform. Thanks in advance!
posted by lrnarabic on Jun 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Brides of Christ, Lock and Load

I am writing a piece that includes a child's experiences in a Catholic elementary school in the early 60s. I was looking for memories of the details specific to such a place. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Apr 9, 2012 - 30 answers

Black Metal Latin 401: the inverted curse...

Latinfilter: how would one replace "Satan" with "Christ" in the "Vade Retro satanas" exorcism formula? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Who uses a cathedral as their parish church and why?

Why would a Catholic or Anglican choose to use a cathedral as their regular church over more geographically convenient parish churches? How would their religious and social experiences differ as a result?
posted by grouse on Jan 3, 2012 - 34 answers

Profaned Sacred Music

Can you recommend darkwave covers of sacred music? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 6, 2011 - 6 answers

I baptize you in the name of Wittgenstein, eschaton and continental hermeneutics.

We can't actually make it to a baptism tomorrow... and I'm sure this will rankle the family. What kind of meaningful gift can we give them? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 30, 2011 - 32 answers

A non-Catholic but still recognized wedding?

Help us try to reconcile our desires for having an outdoor wedding with my the wishes of my fiancée's family / the rules of the Catholic Church. We're in Houston, TX and trying to figure this out. It's making our wedding planning very stressful! [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Sep 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Liberal Catholic Church In Houston? Is it possible?

Just moved to Houston; my girlfriend is looking for a Catholic church with liberal leanings - is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 - 8 answers

In practice, could a Catholic be British Prime Minister?

Is there any reason why a Catholic would be unelectable as British Prime Minister, or any practical difficulties in having a Catholic Prime Minister? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

What's it like to be a nun?

What's your nun story? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Jun 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt in San Francisco area?

Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt for an 8-year old's First Communion in SF Bay area? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How to say "I'm praying for you" when, well, I'm not.

Prayer alternatives. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Apr 15, 2011 - 34 answers

Catholic Church + Jewish Music on Palm Sunday == ??

My (Roman Catholic) church choir is singing a piece with decidedly Jewish harmonies (think rowdy klezmer celebration) on Palm Sunday. Am I being overly sensitive in being offended? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Mar 29, 2011 - 57 answers

What do you do at a funeral?

Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 32 answers

Incorporating the Rosary into a funeral service? Some guidance?

Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Do good priest blogs exist?

Are there any books/articles/blogs written by priests or ministers about what they have heard in confession? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Catholic Class?

My wife's parents are Catholic and they want us to baptise our daughter. Fine, whatever. But now my wife and I have to go to some kind of class. [more inside]
posted by phelixshu on Jan 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Catholic Masons

Hi, a friend of mine is a Mason and is encouraging me to put myself forward to join with him as my sponsor. My issue is, I'm a practicing Roman Catholic and understand there's an element of history between the 2 organisations. Looking at the web, all I can see is the polarised for and against arguments. Are there any Catholic Masons on here who could give some advice? Set up catholicmason@gmail.com if anyone wants to get more detail.
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 16 answers

What can a (secular) couple customize in their Catholic wedding ceremony?

We are two very secular people who, for family reasons, are having our wedding ceremony in the Catholic church. What can we do within the restrictions of a Catholic ceremony to make the wedding feel like it's our own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 31 answers

Advice on visiting a Catholic Church

Dear MeFi Catholics... help...? (possibly UK specific) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Nuns having fun

Help me put together a Kinky Catholic themed Halloween party. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Oct 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Books on Papal history?

I am trying to find the definitive warts-and-all book on Papal history. Any suggestions please?
posted by kenchie on Oct 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Explain the baptismal ceremony to a non-believer who will be attending?

What can I, as an agnostic, expect from attending a baptism of two friends' baby during Sunday Mass? I want to celebrate with them but I know there are limitations due to my non-belief. [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Jun 20, 2010 - 34 answers

May Day Baskets?

Have you ever heard of giving "May Day baskets" in the US? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 3, 2010 - 52 answers

When did it begin?

Before recent times (say, mid-20th century to the present), have there been other accusations, admissions, or convictions of Roman Catholic priests committing sexual abuse, molestation, and rape? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Can they stay, with only one to pray?

What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Sponsor letter for Catholic nomads in Cleveland

Does anyone know of any Catholic priests or parishes in the Cleveland area that will issue a godparent sponsor letter quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Freedom comes from limiting myself?!

I need help finding Christian (preferably Catholic) sources for the idea that freedom comes from submission to the will of God. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jan 15, 2010 - 29 answers

History of Liberation Theology

Can anyone recommend a history of liberation theology? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Jan 4, 2010 - 4 answers

If they did actually expect the Inquisition, what would they sing?

Church Lyrics filter: Help me find old Catholic Church music with Latin lyrics (with English translations) about about smiting the Devil. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 13, 2009 - 5 answers

I need to find the contents of a Catholic Missal!

For a school project I chose to redesign a Catholic Missalettes. Only problem, can't find any to redesign! [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Oct 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Book about Catholicism?

Can you recommend a book about Catholicism? No, other than the Bible. [more inside]
posted by teragram on Oct 18, 2009 - 31 answers

Trying to Find a Prayer Similar to the Prayer for Daily Neglect

Trying to find a Catholic night time prayer, very similar to the Prayer For Daily Neglect, that was included in a small booklet of Catholic prayers recently distributed via pew pockets, July or August in the Lubbock dioceses. It was also a three-part prayer, and was also for neglects, but worded differently than the "official" prayer. Basically, it contained to the effect of a "provide the good I saw but did not do", a "complete the good that I did incompletely", and another part. Any clues? Google came up empty for me.
posted by CodeBaloo on Oct 18, 2009 - 2 answers

What are some clever tech-related sponsorship levels?

Help me think of some clever sponsorship levels for our upcoming tech conference. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations.

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations. [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

"Liberal Catholic" doesn't have to be an oxymoron

Looking for liberal Catholic parishes in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by pised on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Transitus in San Francisco?

Where could I attend a Transitus service in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by jgirl on Oct 1, 2009 - 1 answer

24-hour crucifix emporium near London Bridge? Too much to ask?

I live in London. My housemate will be baptised a Catholic on Saturday. I'd like to get him an appropriate gift, but am too much of a useless heathen to know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jul 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Married in a Catholic church? What was Pre-Cana like?

I'm wondering if others can share their experience with the Pre-Cana classes/process before getting marred in a Catholic church. I've looked online and found very vague descriptions and I'd really like to know what we're going to be involved in. Especially interested in the FOCCUS test they have you take (I haven't been able to find sample questions and I really want to know what sort of things they ask to see if you are 'compatible'. Please share as much as you can or are comfortable with.
posted by mittenbex on Jul 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Is Protestant considered a derogatory label?

Is the name/label "Protestant" generally considered derogatory by non-Catholic/non-Eastern Rite Christians? [more inside]
posted by snachodog on Jul 18, 2009 - 43 answers

What does "pea green pink Irish Catholic" mean?

"Pea green pink Irish Catholic" - what, if anything, does this phrase mean and/or refer to? [more inside]
posted by MaudB on Jun 24, 2009 - 17 answers

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