Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Forgive me Father for I have sinned...

We took our daughters to a Catholic mass on Saturday. This might not seem like that big a deal but we have been raising them as Congregationalists or dare I say Protestants. There’s something in my Irish Catholic genetic make-up that makes it hard for me to admit that I’m raising my children as Protestants. We had both our girls baptized as Catholics, (God forbid that they should end up in Limbo) but between me being too lazy to take them to mass and my Protestant wife’s limited knowledge of Catholicism they’ve become quasi-Protestants. I say quasi because aside from attending Sunday school they haven’t actually taken any official steps to becoming members.

When my younger daughter was baptized, the priest told me that he didn’t care if they were raised Catholic or Protestant but it was important that they were raised as Christians and attended some sort of religious service. I use his statements as my justification for having Protestant daughters and to assuage my guilt as eons of my impoverished Irish Catholic ancestors collectively spin in their graves every time I step into that tidy white New England style Congregational church.

8 comments:

Irish Penguin said...

Hey, I'm still a child of God!
Holy, Holy, Holy!

Celtic Chick said...

Hey! I like my tidy, white, New England church!

Cara Maria McDonough said...

This blog is the best thing that has ever happened. Ever. Also - Catholicism is where it's AT.

Celtic Chick said...

Holy Moly

MotherOf3Guys said...

There is nothing like Catholic guilt! My brother-in-law, who is the oldest sibling of 10 Irish catholics, came to our protestant church one time and still talks about singing all 4 Verses of the song! He never graced another Sunday service at our church....ever! Glad this BRA has another blog to read!

Kit said...

As your godmother, I am absolutely thrilled that you are feeling such guilt at not practicing your Catholic faith.

neva said...

Having married into said Irish Catholic family....the guilt is a beautiful thing.....wait...is it a mortal sin or a venial sin to not do chuch? I am pretty darn sure not going to catholic mass every sunday is a BIG MORTAL SIN and you might want to confess that.......but I am just a convert so what do I know??

Anonymous said...

I think it is rude to bash your children's religion therefor you have sined...