Fascinating quote

In a story about pagans and Christians in Salem, Mass., I came upon this quote:

Pamela Lambert, a 46-year-old practicing Catholic from Dartmouth, Mass., said she makes a pilgrimage to Stathopoulos’ shop every October.

“I’m a Christian, but I still have that spiritual side, too,” Lambert said. “I believe in God, but I also believe in spirits. I’m fascinated by the whole season of witches, the October season. … People always look for answers.”

I’m fascinated by the notion that having a spiritual side is understood as being different or even set against being Christian. I don’t know if the woman’s Catholicism is part of the issue or not. It seems somewhere along the way we failed to provide her with the proper experiences and vocabulary.

6 thoughts on “Fascinating quote

    1. Catholic blogger Mark Shea also noted that particular item here, saying that to him it is “everything that’s wrong with contemporary catechisis all crammed into two paragraphs.”

        1. If I fully chimed in instead of just offering what Shea said I might say words you don’t want said on your comment-wall. Now that I’m much more awake, and without using any of those words, I’ll give my rant:

          This woman is theologically pea-brained and has no idea what the heck she is doing. I’m not entirely sure catechesis didn’t make her that way, but I’m not entirely sure it’s fully to blame, either. At a certain point it seems commonsense that you don’t go receive the Eucharist one day and go practice witchcraft the next, but again, it’s possible that there are places the catechists are just that bad. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled my whole life (an honest lifelong Catholic who looked at what I was taught as a Free Methodist about God and everything else would have to admit it was pretty decent, at least for a Protestant church, and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise), and my reception was through a catechesis that no staunch Catholic has any right to complain about. So I guess it boggles my mind that anyone could end up so theologically shot and, quite frankly, theologically retarded, by system or by personal effort, as to seriously believe that you go to Mass to be a “practicing Catholic” and presumably go and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, on Sundays, and then proceed to go practice pagan ritual as if that were just your typical Thursday. I find it almost hard to believe that any catechist is really that bad on their own, even if they’re butchering church teachings on multiple fronts; at some point these adults bear some responsibility for the state of their theological minds, and the health of their spiritual hearts, and certainly our increasingly syncretistic culture has some blame to bear as well, but I can’t have it bear all the blame because simply blaming culture or others is not a Catholic way to blame–there must always be a mea culpa that strikes at the personal responsibility of everyone in reference to his or her ability to seek the truth. At any rate, there’s no real reason a punk convert kid like myself should really be able to go on this rant about a forty-six year old “practicing Catholic” woman who obviously missed the boat on several key points of theology, somehow…and I just can’t believe unless I see the evidence that it’s all the fault of her priests and catechists and the culture, and she didn’t will any of it herself. Doesn’t mean those things don’t need addressing, because like I said there’s no reason this rant should even have reason to be said, and obviously someone taught this woman something wrong and it didn’t call come from her.

          Hope you enjoy, John. :p

  1. Wow. And this was the censored and under control version, Dan?

    If all the high profile book writers and survey research is to be believed, this kind of easy holding of contradictory faiths is more and more common.

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