Thursday, October 19, 2006

Top 100 Ironic Reasons To Be Catholic: #70-61

70. It's much more rewarding to pick your kids' names out from the litany of saints than out of what People Magazine celebrities are currently naming their kids.
69. Incense smells way better than clove cigarettes, and your lungs don't take quite as much a beating.
68. Speaking of incense...more ambiance smoke than you would find at a 1960s beat poetry reading.
68. You want particularity and difference? Join an order! Any order!
67. ...The bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells...
66. All You Need Is Love, Imagine, and Let it Be: face it, baby boomers, we're deeper than the theology of the Beatles.
65. We have prayers tailor made for those 3am wake up calls.
64. People don't go around Europe touring those great Protestant cathedrals, do they?*
63. We love beauty and are darn tootin' proud of it.
62. Agatha McGee.
61. the variety of Papal Chapeaux..

*Apologies to the Anglicans and a couple of snazzy Lutheran Churches. But let's face it, we've got more of them. :-)


Brian said...

Umm... #64... not quite true. Berliner Dom is an Evangelische cathedral, the only of its kind, and people stream in and out of it... so I know what you're saying, but... there you go.

In the Parish

The Ironic Catholic said...

Ah, I'd knew I'd hear about that one.

But don't you think we can claim the majority? By a mile?

Sister Mary Martha said...

Brian wins today's wet blanket that got rained on during the parade award.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Well, Sister, to be fair, Brian is right. Maybe I'll change that item a bit. But the great Protestant churches, however serene and beautiful in their own way, don't do much in terms of all the stained glass, statues, visuals...that just isn't part of the classical Reformation.

(Unless you're Anglican ;-). )

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Dad29 said...

...deeper than the Beatles, but not deeper than Edgar Allen Poe?


Brian said...

Evidently, I put a capital "P" on PROTESTant. And yeah... of course you have the majority.

I think a great deal of art and stained glass remains part of the Lutheran Reformation. It really disappears in the Reformed Reformation, which is a greater influence here in the States than Lutherans.

Oh... and the imperial cathedral in Frankfurt is only Catholic now because the Lutherans gave it back.


I do love your blog.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Thanks for the compliment, Brian--and you're absolutely right about the reformation nuances.

angelmeg said...

I linked to your list but I can't do trackbacks for some reason,


Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

I loved hearing the bells in Europe. The last thing I did before heading to CDG airport in Paris to start the journey home was go to Mass at Notre Dame. The bells across the square after the Mass were wonderful!

Oh and btw, most of the older cathedrals in Ireland are Protestant. (And you usually have to pay 3-5 Euros to go into them!) But that all ties up with the sad history of the Penal Laws etc.

Mary Firiel said...

The Anglicans have lots of beautiful old cathedrals because they STOLE them.