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Female priests are
Controversial 26%
Irrelevant 20%
Nonexistent 53%

Votes: 15

 My Day at the Monestary

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Aug 26, 2002
Today, the ladyfriend and I took a trip to Cullman, Alabama for a relaxing day of picnicking and Catholicism.

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Cullman is the home of the St. Bernard Abbey and the world-famous Ave Maria Grotto. The Grotto was a life project of a German monk. He made reproductions of famous churches, shrines and holy landmarks out of shells, marbles and bicycle reflectors. The miniature wonderland is charming in both its piety and tackiness.

But before touring the Grotto, we went to mass with the monks. Churches in abbeys tend to attract a fairly conservative crowd. All the songs were chanted in Latin. For the first time in my life I saw little girls wearing veils during mass. This went out of American Catholic fashion before I was born. I have previously only seen the veils on ancient Italian dowagers and Muslims.

Surprisingly, this mass was quite a humdinger. The Abbot spoke his homily and predicted that a third Vatican council will be called sometime after the death of our current pope and the new pope has settled in. Then he said he believed the bishops should discuss the ordination of women as priests. At this point a man stood up. He exclaimed the abbot was not teaching Catholicism. He said a woman's only role is as a mother. A couple people clapped. The man escorted his veil-covered wife and daughters out of the church. About ten more people followed.

What peeved me, is that the abbot then claimed he was only saying the matter must be discussed, and he was not trying to provoke controversy. Sitting in that hard wooden pew, I realized something. Adequacy has taught me something! If you are going to be controversial, do it! Controversy is not a crime. Do not apologize for it.


Women an monestries. (none / 0) (#1)
by walwyn on Mon Aug 26th, 2002 at 04:33:37 PM PST
Caldey Abbey would have none of that nonesense.

Women are allowed in the island to purchase frivolities but access to the monestry is forbidden.

O Lord.. (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 02:38:38 AM PST
Deliver us from religion.

Scratch that. (none / 0) (#6)
by tkatchev on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 09:10:34 AM PST
Deliver us from anonymous coward instead.

Peace and much love...

Monastery? (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 03:41:18 AM PST
Was it a freudian slip to mis-spell monastery as a hybrid of monetary and molestary?

Bigotry should never be mistaken for controversy.

Sir, (none / 0) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 06:54:51 AM PST
Please stop misspelling "misspelled." It has no hyphen. Thank you.

Let that be a lesson to ye (none / 0) (#5)
by First Incision on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 07:15:46 AM PST
Even the subject line needs to be copied into Microsoft Word for spell-checking.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Sigh. (none / 0) (#7)
by gzt on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 10:40:35 AM PST
It's hard to find a good church these days. Are there any in Chicago near Hyde Park? I'm leaving my small town for the city soon.


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