Monday, 30 April 2007

Fringe benefits of being Catholic

Here are some of the benefits they don't mention to you at RCIA classes - I'm sure you can add some of your own:

1. If you're a cradle Catholic, you're highly unlikely to have been saddled with an outlandish name like Apple or Pixie Frou-Frou, since your parents had to ensure that your name was not "foreign to Christian sensibility" (Canon 855).

2. All that Latin really helps the development of your vocabulary and spelling.

3. Catholics have the best parties - all those saints' days, feast days and celebrations of the sacraments are so good that non-Catholics are constantly wanting to join in the fun.

4. How many other people actually understand the difference between the terms "first cousin", "first cousin once removed", "second cousin", etc, and can name people who bear each of those relationships to them?

5. If you feel like putting your feet up, opening a cold beer and watching a film on a Sunday afternoon, you have the authority of the Catechism to allow you to do so, since "on Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work..." (2185).

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