Saturday, July 19, 2008

5 types of Catholics

In the Canberra Times John Herron, a World Youth Day Ambassador, a Catholic all his life, a father of 11, an Australian senator for 11 years, a former minister forAboriginal affairs , the ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See, told the Pope "We're a secular society in Australia, we're very materialistic, and I think we've lost something in all of that," he says. It's time for some spirituality."
As, he advised the Pope there were five types of Catholics in Australia.

There were relapsing Catholics, who returned to the faith when stressed.

Nominal Catholics, the tick-the-census-box types.

There were anti-Catholic Catholics, baptised but who hate Catholicism

There are smorgasbord Catholics, who take bits they like and leave those they don't.

And then, Herron told the Pope, there are practising Catholics. "Like you and me."


gemoftheocean said...

That's about par for the course, isn't it?

I think part of the reason I like Brideshead Revisited so much is that one run across every "type" of Catholic in it. Lord Marchmain and his family portray every archtype.

Physiocrat said...

Whe you talk about the pic-and-mix Catholics, don't you mean smörgåsbord?

You would only need one of those unless you were being greedy or very hungry.

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