Johnny Manf wrote:
But I think I am actually against it. If my kid gets into it when he's older then I think it will mean more to him to start from the beginning.
I'm not against that happening. I'll still Catholic. I just don't plan on going to church at all or sending them to catholic school... so why do the baptism?
Part of me sort of feels like I "have to" and the other part of me thinks it's the "right thing to do." Which I guess is basically the same thing. Neither of which are me genuinely thinking they need it. I guess because it's so ingrained into me like I feel like it's pretty much my duty. The thing is, I want to still go through some of the motions with them at a young age because I don't want them growing up not knowing anything about it. I want to give them that knowledge, and like I said, they can do what they want with that. I feel like if they grow up completely without it, that of course they're just not going to care in the end. So I want it there a little bit so they're more aware than they would otherwise be.
My niece on Dem's side was baptized as some, I don't even know, Indian belief thing. I don't even know. Apparently her then husbands friend got some mail away certificate to be able to do this shit. It seriously just sounds like a bunch of hogwash. She did this because she hates the church (Dem's family also grew up with lots of Catholic school, etc) but yet still wanted her baptized. It just makes zero sense to me. Anyway, years down the line her grandmother (not Dem's Mom) took her to a few masses at, I think, a protestant church. Apparently she ended up asking all sorts of questions and found herself enjoying going to church. I don't think she has any idea of this fake thing she's baptized as, and I feel like she's been sort of robbed as a result. I'm not sure where I'm headed with this story, I just wanted to share it. Haha.
Nick and Sword, those are reasons why I really can't stand the whole church aspect of religion. It really is a bunch of shitty and crummy people. From the huge end of the spectrum like you explained Nick, to the smaller issues like Sword did are just many of the reasons. I know for a fact some our priests were taking extended vacations at some pretty sweet locations on church dollar. I know of a priest that had a 50k GROCERY bill for a years worth of food. My Mom and Dad have been extremely dedicated to their church and I've seen them get shit on countless times over the years, and yet somehow they're still dedicated to it.
The last time I went to church, a few months ago, it was for my Mom and Dad. They had a special little prayer said for them or something for their anniversary during a mass. Anyway, I had no idea who the priest was at this church. Guy goes up there and he's preaching about family values and shit (it was father's day weekend) and all I'm thinking is "What does this guy know about being a Dad?" I just find a lot of priests tough to take, and consider they're the dudes leading these masses, they're like one of the most important parts of the whole thing. I've known some nice priests over the years, the one that married my wife and I is a great guy. He seems pretty geniune anyway. If anything ever came out about him I think I'd be really let down and I'd just be done with church completely. Hahaha.