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Monday, April 03, 2006

I'm back

As noted the other day, I went on a road trip to Milwaukee. This excursion was a terrific idea. I really needed it. I traveled with parishioners from the Basilica of Saint Mary to see the aforementioned show. We also had dinner at an historic German restaurant and visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. We spent the night at a Howard Johnson's hotel.
Everyone was in an excellent disposition and it was great fun to make new friends. Now when I attend 9:30 mass on Sundays, there's a very good chance I'll see some people I know. Isn't that an important part of celebrating mass? Community with others? I think so.
Of course, most of these folks are liberal Democrats and dramatically opposed to the Republican Party and George W. Bush. So I don't let on about that part of my life. It might taint our relationship. One member wore a Code Pink button. On the way home, I was treated to one in my party's discussion (or should I say "lecture") to another in the seat directly behind, on the evils of the Bush Administration and the fact that the Iraqis are much worse off now than they were before the war was launched. It was interesting to hear him proclaim that history would vindicate his view and excoriate Bush. That's precisely the opposite of my claim. Rather than argue with my new friends, I relocated myself at the back of the bus and said a prayer for him.
But all in all, most everyone understood that politics ought to be left out of this trip. And so, a good time was had by all.


  • At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I got married at the Basilica. Awesome chruch! It's too bad they have become so liberal. I think that some of the social justice programs are well intentioned, but most of it is just socialism. I can tolerate some of this, but I drew the line when the big PEACE sign went up. My Catholic church in Richfield did the same thing and we started going to another parish.

  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    That's interesting, Rob.
    I'm of two minds over the liberalism and the "Peace" sign. If we're honest, must we not admit that Jesus is a liberal? In the aftermath of 9/11, what would Jesus do? Why, He'd turn the other cheek, of course.

    So I am having a bit of a problem condemning the Church for preaching a liberal outlook. Now, within the Church's own house, St. Mary's harshly criticizes our new pope. I find that appaling. And I may go fishing for a more conservative Catholic church because of this and other blatant liberal positions...such as marriage. A few weeks ago I heard Father Mike admonish us to "stop blaming gays of trying to destroy marriage." I find that very polarizing.

  • At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is interesting to see different interpretations of the bible. Unfortunately, I think the Peace sign has more to do with politics than the teachings of the church.

    Fortunately most Catholic churches are not so liberal.


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