Today, I took my car for servicing and had grandiose plans of writing cover letters and doing homework while I waited. Alas, Trend Motors’ wifi was malfunctioning and derailed my productive morning. Left to the magazines in the waiting area, I read with great interest Andrew Sullivan’s piece on the birth control debate in Newsweek. His work confirmed what I had already believed about making contraceptives available (that we should do it), but it was pretty illuminating in terms of how Catholicism is really practiced every day (in that it’s not at all).
After 14 years of Catholic school, I had a fairly skewed worldview – not that I was brainwashed, but just that I assumed almost everyone was Catholic and that they were pretty normal. Most families I grew up with were pretty tempered in their faith, like my own. We went to church a fair amount and hit most of the holidays, but weren’t strict papists by any means. I had always thought Catholics were much more normal than many other Christian denominations; we show up for an hour once every few weeks and go home. (I’m completely side-stepping any sex scandals here.) Continue reading