Saturday, September 3, 2011

What I Believe, Where I Stand

This blog's description is "following Catholic beliefs and practices in America: One man's experience."

I thought I'd be writing more about my everyday experiences, back in September of 2008. Instead, I found myself writing posts that were more like
  • Position papers
  • Discussions of something I read in the news
  • Reports of something I'd learned
Which are, I suppose, my "everyday experiences." I'm a convert to Catholicism, and - according to one of my kids - a nerd. She's probably right about that. (Apathetic Lemming of the North (April 15, 2011)) I'm fascinated by what the Church has learned over the last two millennia, and love sharing what I find.

Hope, Home Schooling, Astrobiology, and Politics

This quartet of posts gives a pretty good idea of what being Catholic is like for me. Your experience may vary.There's more to it than that, of course.

Citizenship, Freedom, and Being Catholic

The last post, from November of 2008, "Conservative? Liberal? Democrat? Republican? No, I'm Catholic" doesn't mean that 'I take no interest in politics.' As a practicing Catholic, I have to take an active part in public life, if possible. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1915)

Catholics are supposed to "contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom." (Catechism, 2239)

That doesn't mean that we're supposed to force others to say they agree with us. Religious freedom is important. (Catechism, 2104-2109) Religious freedom for everybody
(Catechism, 2106)

Where I Stand, What the Catholic Church Says

I updated a list of posts that show where I stand on some issues and topics. And, more to the point, what the Catholic Church says about what's so.

Selected posts, by topic:
Link list:


Ruth Ann said...

I enjoyed reading your titles and wish I could actually read all of your essays. Some of your interests are similar to mine, especially the connection(s)of faith and reason and science. Also, just about anything about Catholicism is of interest to me. I am a so-called cradle Catholic who has had excellent formation from childhood on, and who has always, as the Irish say, kept the Faith. I hope to persevere to the end---and I'm much closer to the end than to the beginning. I learn a lot from reading the blogs of Catholic converts---not so much about the Catholic Faith, but about how new Catholics think about the faith. It's very instructive for me.

Brian Gill said...

Ruth Ann,

Thank you for the good words: they're encouraging.

I hope and pray that you - and I, and everyone else - will 'keep the faith.'

"How new Catholics think about the faith" suggests a way to approach at least some posts: It's no more than a vague impression, but maybe I'll be able to focus on that.

Again, thanks!

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.