Thursday, June 24, 2004

Riddle me this

Was having a philosophical discussion with the family tonight. When attending a Catholic mass, do you go up for Communion? If not, why? I'll explain after I get a few answers, don't want to taint the pool.

EDIT: I'm not sure where I was going with this. Yes I do: if Catholocism means nothing to you, what difference does it make to you if you eat the cracker or not? If you don't go up there as some kind of protest, to whom are you protesting? Certainly not the priest: all he sees are non-Catholics or sinners who failed to go to confession. And even if he does get the implicit protest, what's he going to do about it? The people who will notice and care are the people right there in the room- the people you chose to spend an hour with. And those are the people who are insulted by your non-participation. It's simply a ceremonial breaking of bread with family and neighbors - everything else is voodoo or politics.

The disscussion was had stemming from a recent funeral, and I was pissed at some people who chose to remain seated. You want to protest something? Stand in line and tell the priest "no thanks" with a smile. That'll get notice.

I invite more discussion- only if it's an affront to God.


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