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Why I No Longer Attend A Catholic Church

Story ID:8053
Written by:bobby o'neill mitchum (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Phenix City Alabama U.S.A.
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Meany Years ago I was enamoured with the Catholic Church,this was I suppose due to the influence of hollywood and their portrayal of Catholic Priest and Nuns as holy,God Fearing and dedicated people,now I am not saying that there are none of these type people associated with the church,what I am saying is that in these days they are far and few between and have no doubt been squashed by those whom the media are wont to publicize for sensationalism,however recently my Son who lives in another town called me up to discuss (he was raised in the catholic church)new found interest in returning to the fold of mother church,I was torn between telling him to forget it and being happy that he was at least interested in going to church,so as a Dad,I did not discourage him.He told me that he had made an appointment to speak with the priest at the local church about returning to church and getting involved.My daughter in law went with him to the meeting (bare in mind that my son had very fond memories of the church)The priest discouraged my son from returning to the church by telling both he and his wife that the church would not recognize their marriage nor could my son recieve holy communion due to the fact that he was married to a protestant,how stupid is that?Holy Communion is the heart and soul of the catholic church,in my humble opinnion if you are not allowed to take communion you might as well go to another denomination,if your church will not recognize your marriage,you might as well go to another denomination that does.I was,to say the least,rather upset about the whole matter,I removed myself from the catholic roles meany years ago for different reasons,and had intended to return as my son's actions had sort of encouraged me to do so,after his report of the meeting with the priest,i again decided not to persue my inclination.
I might here explain a bit about my Son and Daughter in Law,my son was raised in the catholic
church,my daughter in law was not,they have been married for 25 years and have 3 beautiful children,neither of them has a divorce,so,yes I was a bit surprized by the priest's hard line toward their marriage,I was totally irritated that he had the audacity to tell my son that he could not take communion,how stupid is that?
Bob Mitchum