I'm looking for a particular op-ed piece which I believe was written in the 1950s. I remember it was described as a "famous piece" and was being discussed back when Reagan was looking to become president. As I remembered it, the opinion piece did not take an overtly bigoted stand, but said Americans would not elect Catholics, Jews, blacks, women, those who have divorced, those from Southern or Eastern Europe, etc. I believe it boiled down the number of "acceptable" candidates to several hundred. [more inside]
Why did G.E.M. Anscombe convert to Catholicism? Did she or any of those close to her ever provide an account of the process? Did she ever write anything apologetic?
In the greater NYC area, when having a child baptized in a small private Catholic ceremony, is it normal/accepted/expected to invite the nun and the priest participating to a restaurant lunch after the service? Also in addition to the offering for the baptism, should the parents give an additional, uh, tip? To the priest and nun since they are living off a small stipend.
I need to read something from the new or old testament at my grandfather's funeral. I was close with him and he was a very special figure in my life. I'm not Catholic or Christian but I'd love to find something that resonates in some way about his life or has some bigger wisdom. I don't know which texts are proper for Catholic Funeral Service/Mass. I don't even know when to sit, stand or kneel... I would be grateful for suggestions from folks on some meaningful and appropriate choices. [more inside]
If you have female reproductive organs, would you have any hesitation moving to a town where the only hospital is Catholic? [more inside]
I've been asked to design the program for my Grandmother's funeral later this week. She was a devout Catholic and an avid quilter, so I'd love to find a way to include both. [more inside]
Years ago, I had a male coworker who wore a plastic rosary as a necklace. Just recently, I met another man who does the same thing. Is this part of some kind of movement or subculture? Fashion trend? Fringe religious group? [more inside]
My oldest child, age 12, has recently come out as transgender. We are trying to show her our unconditional support, but her grandparents are unlikely to be as supportive. Suggestions for coping? Difficulty: Asian and Catholic. [more inside]
If you converted from Catholicism to a Protestant denomination (or vice versa), what swayed you? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why is the Pope resigning and the Conclave such a big deal in the media? [more inside]
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]
Please talk to me about your experiences with interfaith wedding ceremonies (specifically, Catholic/non-Catholic.) [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for a source, preferably in English, on the history and/or origin of the Catholic school girl uniform. Thanks in advance!
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]
Latinfilter: how would one replace "Satan" with "Christ" in the "Vade Retro satanas" exorcism formula? [more inside]
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?
Can you recommend darkwave covers of sacred music? [more inside]
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]
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]
Just moved to Houston; my girlfriend is looking for a Catholic church with liberal leanings - is that even possible? [more inside]
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]
What's your nun story? [more inside]
Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt for an 8-year old's First Communion in SF Bay area? [more inside]
Prayer alternatives. [more inside]
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]
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]
Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
Are there any books/articles/blogs written by priests or ministers about what they have heard in confession? [more inside]
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]
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 email@example.com if anyone wants to get more detail.
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]
Dear MeFi Catholics... help...? (possibly UK specific) [more inside]
Help me put together a Kinky Catholic themed Halloween party. [more inside]
I am trying to find the definitive warts-and-all book on Papal history. Any suggestions please?
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]
Have you ever heard of giving "May Day baskets" in the US? [more inside]
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]
What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any Catholic priests or parishes in the Cleveland area that will issue a godparent sponsor letter quickly? [more inside]
I need help finding Christian (preferably Catholic) sources for the idea that freedom comes from submission to the will of God. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a history of liberation theology? [more inside]
Church Lyrics filter: Help me find old Catholic Church music with Latin lyrics (with English translations) about about smiting the Devil. [more inside]
For a school project I chose to redesign a Catholic Missalettes. Only problem, can't find any to redesign! [more inside]
Can you recommend a book about Catholicism? No, other than the Bible. [more inside]
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.
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