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May 25, 2004

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I think one of the sad things of this would be the further disconnect in the Catholic church between the "church" and the average layperson... I have so many, many friends who seem to have a cultural relationship with the Catholic church - it's a very strong tie, but you don't get the impression that it greatly affects their moral outlook. I would think that they would be driven farther away from integrating their beliefs and practices by a church that was withholding communion from those who publicly profess support for abortion, etc...

"I have so many, many friends who seem to have a cultural relationship with the Catholic church - it's a very strong tie, but you don't get the impression that it greatly affects their moral outlook."

You know, Chris(tine), I'm thinking this is phenomenon permeates the entire Church -- both Roman Catholics and Protestants. It's the dualism which has infiltrated our culture. We believe the lie that we must separate our private lives from our public lives; our spiritual lives from our political lives; etc.

When we then turn and adopt anything which smacks of a holier-than-thou attitude, in only deepens the negative stereotype that Christians are hypocrites. I feel bad for my Roman Catholic collegues -- they're a bit between a rock and hard place I fear.

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