I just wanted to say “Thanks!” I’d been in a funk for some time now, but now I feel like a huge weight has have lifted from my shoulders. I have a friend who is totally conservative and we used to be close friends but lately he’s been making me feel super guilty for not following all the Church’s teachings.
Like many Catholics, I try to be faithful. But, also like many Catholics, there are some teachings that are just so backward that I just can’t accept them. I try and practice my faith but sometimes I just worry that the hierarchy is on the wrong side of history. Isn’t there more to being Catholic than the moral teachings!?
Anyway, I came across your last column and was so relieved to find someone who understand that being Catholic is a “deeply personal (and private)” choice. I no longer think that to be a “good” Catholic I have to share my many possessions with the poor. Again, thanks for helping me understand that I can be a good Catholic without compromising my personal beliefs.
Oh, and here’s hoping Pope Francis and the rest of the hierarchy will catch up with my conscience–the things they say can be so disheartening!