My husband and I have been to 9 Catholic churches here in Portland. We just can’t seem to find a spiritual home. We enjoy traditional Catholicism but enjoy going to English Mass because we like to understand what the priest is saying. When we started looking for a church we made a short list of criteria the church had to meet. We said our new church:
- Had to look like a church (no modern, space-age buildings)
- Had to have a friendly, diverse, active community (groups, classes, community outreach)
- Had to be a conservative church that did not stray from the Catechism
- Had to have a priest we could understand (no super heavy accents)
We’ve come really close to finding churches that meet all of our criteria but they fall short in one or two categories. Some churches didn’t meet any of the categories!
At this point, I’m starting to wonder if maybe it’s us. Do we have too high of expectations?
The church we went to this past Sunday was a “progressive” church. Apparently last year a group of women from the church boycotted the Eucharist and stood outside the church protesting because they wanted women priests. Also, this church marches in the Gay Pride parade every year. My husband and I were horrified to hear this and needless to say, we won’t be returning.