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Jumping the bandwagon

Didn't we do this already last year? I thought we did, only I couldn't find the post anymore...

Ten Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't

01) Made myself into a nuisance to the late great Freddie Mercury by calling him on his home phone number one summer -- and even if I only called him maybe 5 or 6 times before he shamed me into leaving him alone, and it was years ago (I was about 14 at the time), I still remember the number!

02) Prepared a huge pot of 'hutspot' for the NYC homeless at one of the city's many church run shelters

03) Spent some time as a glorified office dogsbody at the UN headquarters in NYC

04) Worked my way around Italy going from excavation to excavation (Ostia, Satricum, Paestum, Pompeii)

05) Worked on emergency excavations on the West Bank (Israel)

06) Published dreadfully boring articles on utilitarian architecture (dikes, sluices, powerhouses) in Dutch civil engineering mags

07) Spent some time in retreat in a Greek-Orthodox monastery in Belgium

08) Converted to Catholicism at age 32

09) Won medals as a champion fencer (on épée)

10) Having torn most of the tendons in my right thigh and groin 3 days into my holiday, carried on (and even climbed a mountain in that condition) for another 10 days before seeing a doctor.



Feb. 24th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
Of course, over the years, I've come across many people who have taken me to task for becoming/remaining a Catholic when there is so much that is wrong with the Church. The conservatism of the present Pope; the scandals and court cases in America; the suppression of Leonardo Boff and other Liberation Theologists in South America; the ordination of women...

But to me, that is not what Catholicism is. Popes and politics...and priests that abuse their position and can't keep their hands to themselves, they are not the Church, they are not the religion itself. The message remains the same: "Love thy neighbour as thyself; and God above all".

JMHO, mind.