Wednesday, December 16, 2009


From xkcd.

I'm very busy these days, not saying anything online. Look at me not saying anything! (By the way, if you're reading this, it's probably not about you, unless you followed me over here from the one blog where I did kind of say something but not really.)

UPDATE: Fell off the wagon. Oh well.


Chris (your cousin) said...

Oh my gosh I love that cartoon. And really how sad is it that we feel driven to correct someone, as though it's really going to alter opinios that much? But man sometimes I just *have* to say something, for fear that "others" will be led astray by the Wrong Person.

Juliet said...

I know.

I don't know what else to say, except that I know. I got into an argument and then bowed out because I was like, wow it is totally pointless arguing with this person, and I don't want him to think I can't defend my position, because I can and even now I am thinking of ways to defend it, but this is not worth my time and sanity, and besides I'm not the one who thinks the other side is going to hell (although he thinks we pray to Mary to help us burn Protestants or something? This is the perennial Are Catholics Christians? debate, in case you're wondering).

Deanna said...

On the up side, I got your Christmas card/picture! Very cute photo of Auletta!

Kevin said...

I figured that since you and seem to have found ourselves at the business end of several attacks on the Church, now might be a good time for an introduction. I come from a non-denominational Evangelical Protestant background, and save the years my mother spent in Catholic primary school, I don't have any sort of Catholic background. However, having already spent several years working on a divinity degree at a Jesuit institution and having received much of my instruction from diocesan priests and ex-nuns, let's just say that I have gained an osmotic knowledge of the Church sufficient to weigh in on the discussion, if only as an advocate. I truly despise the efforts of those within my own tradition to deny community to our brothers and sisters of the Catholic church, but I find more often than not that conversations around this topic leave me in much the same position as yourself, slumped over my keyboard and spent of any energy to remain engaged. I don't have any encouragement that I can offer, nor do I think it necessary or appropriate; this is simply an introduction to a kindred spirit who shares in your angst which now stretches across the breadth of the continent.

Regards from Seattle,

Juliet said...

Hi Kevin! Thank you for commenting and sharing my frustration. =) I converted to Catholicism in 2002 from evangelical Protestantism, not out of any animosity toward evangelicalism but as part of a process that began years earlier from reading and learning (I'm working on, or supposed to be working on, a PhD in historical theology). I should probably write about it at some point, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I went to Bethany when I still lived in Seattle and for all I know might still be there if I hadn't moved away and had to look for a new church anyway. I still have a lot of respect for Pastor Richard and learned a lot from him and the other staff and members at Bethany when I was there. Most of my friends are still evangelicals and while perhaps somewhat ambivalent about Catholicism are not nearly as hostile to it--it's a minority of American Protestants who are, as far as I can tell. I usually don't get sucked into the debate, but I couldn't help myself this time. I enjoy your comments on Richard's blog and I hope to talk to you (virtually!) more in the future. Merry Christmas!

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