[quote=awfulthings9]Come on, Steve, that was a low blow. If you think I’m saying that some are more Catholic than others, I think you misread my intentions.
Sorry awful (May I call you awful?)
I didn’t mean to offend
I was tired when I responded with that post so maybe I wasn’t reading you correctly.
The point I was trying to make was that we all struggle and some of us struggle more successfully than others. And some of us don’t struggle too well at all. However, it is not uncommon on this site to see comments like “why do those people stay in the Church?” And statements like that sorta bug me. Because it is just for people like those (i.e. me) that the Church is here for (How is that for ending a sentence with a preposition? If you hear that spinning sound it’s those poor old nuns from my grade school)
So please forgive me if I misinterpreted you :o
[quote=awfulthings9]…… If I call myself Catholic, but go around making pedophile priest jokes
humor is often a good way to deal with an emotionally charged situation…. at least for me
[quote=awfulthings9]…and comment that the true presense is a silly superstition - I am not taking it to heart.
not if you weren’t joking
[quote=awfulthings9]My Evangelical friend is fond of saying that “most Catholics I’ve met” don’t have a relationship with Christ, follow the teachings of the church, or read Scripture, etc.
Tell him that anecdotal evidence is a terrible way to start an argument
[quote=awfulthings9]My thread here is simply to find statistics to show him that a large percentage of disengaged “followers” are present in most every group or denomination and that having such members of the church doesn’t disqualify it as the “true” church. My opinioin would be the opposite, that the “true” church would have many who are disengaged since it is through the sacraments that God works on their hearts. …
And you are right
Sorry if I misread you…Like I said I was tired