I'm subscribing so I can keep on learning more.
I just recently started a thread here titled "Catholicism and Inclusiveness," where I've been learning a lot.
Bridie, it's exciting to meet a Catholic here who's a member of Call to Action! Because that's one site I've seen that is very inspiring to me.
I've also been inspired to start learning about the Catholic Worker movement, which someone on the other thread turned me on to. There's actually a new Catholic Worker house in my neighborhood, and they have clarification meetings the first Friday of every month. I plan to go this Friday.
It sounds like this may be a good way for me to get to know Catholicism better, since the Catholic Worker movement is not an official organ of the Catholic Church, and you don't even have to be Catholic to volunteer or be involved with them.
I'm not sure if it's right for me or my family to actually become members -- but I think we need to become more "knit" into our community. Our previous experience is with fundamentalist churches -- but I don't want my children raised with fear of hell like I was.
I'm actually a Christian Universalist now -- and I've read enough to realize that this is seen as a heresy by the Catholic Church. I am wondering if kids in Catholic Church are likely to hear scary stuff about hell like kids do in fundamentalist churches?
I obviously have a lot to learn. As to why I'm interested in the Catholic Church and not some other church with teachings I agree with more -- I think mainly it's important to me to be part of a neighborhood church, where the church is just an extension of my family and community.
And my immediate neighborhood seems predominantly Catholic or fundamentalist.
And I'm also inspired by what I've read so far of the Catechism, and also I'm inspired by the Rosary -- I'm starting to learn the prayers and want to get a pink rosary I saw online for around $8.00.
As I've shared on the other thread, it's been fascinating for me to learn about Father Daniel A. Helminiak, who openly disagrees with some church teachings -- and is openly-gay, but the Vatican has never accepted his resignation, so as he puts it, he remains a Catholic priest by the Vatican's decision.http://www.visionsofdaniel.net/