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Thursday, March 09, 2006

CPT Tom: Amateur Catholic

Please accept my membership applications. A recovering Vatican II cradle Catholic, I have survived the storm of the last 40 years to re-awaken as a Militant Catholic(tm). Started blogging in October, at I comment on mostly Catholic issues and about the goings on in the small part of the Diocese of Rochester where I live.

Yours in Christ,

--CPT Tom
Diocese of Rochester, eh? No wonder you're a curmudgeon. For what it's worth, I'm from Detroit, so I feel your pain. Maybe not as intensely, but enough to know what it can do to a guy. ;) Welcome to the B-Team.


At 3/09/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger Lee Strong said...

Rochester still gets digs for things that either did not happen, or stopped happening a while ago (when Father Callan and his crew jumped ship)

(I was the associate editor of the diocean paper, so I was aware of a lot of the stuff going on.)

Maybe it's time to stop dissing Rochester and turn to other targets.

At 3/09/2006 4:17 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Honestly, there are several other dioceses that take in on the chin worse than Rochester. I don't see why anyone should be feeling particularly on edge about slights against the Rochester Diocese. Just be glad you don't live in L.A.

Besides, Rick was making a joke.

At 3/09/2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

Of course I was speaking tongue in cheek, and I have no personal experience with that diocese.

However, many of the things I have heard or read don't leave me with the impression that Rochester is a bastion of orthodoxy and reverant liturgies. But I've certainly been wrong before though...

At 3/09/2006 8:50 PM, Anonymous Annie Mockingbird said...

Please, please let me be a member of the Amateur Catholic B-Team! I've been blogging on Xanga for about a year now, sometimes about Catholic topics. A nominal cradle Catholic,I came back to the Catholic Church in 1997 after about 25 years as a Methodist. I am in love with being a Catholic, but I'm definitely not a pro! I came back into the Church in the Diocese of Jackson in Mississippi, but moved to the Ozarks in January and am now a happy member of the Diocese of Little Rock. Can I please be in your club?

At 3/09/2006 9:47 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


You're in. Just send us an email at with all that info you just provided and a link to your blog so we can blogroll you. Once we have the info, we'll put up a post for you announcing your amateur status.

At 3/10/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Lee Strong said...

Rick - I accept that you were speaking tongue in cheek. I've guilty of that myself (and been hit over the head a few times!).

The problem with "just kidding," though, is that it can help to perpetuate myths and stereotypes. Look at all the "harmless" jokes about Blacks, Jews, women, etc - or even Catholic. So even when we joke, we can help to keep falshoods alive. (as I said, I've been guilty of this, too)

As for Rochester - yes, there were some questionable moves in the past - and there are still some things more traditional types are not happy about - but on the whole it's not as "out there" as it was.

If Bishop Clark were as bad as sime of the conservatives tried to make him out, would he still be here?

And back when I was a Catholic journalist (writer and editor) from 1987-99 in the diocese, I covered many of the same events as the Clark bashers.

Let's just say I sometimes had a hard time finding the truth in some of their screeds.

At 3/10/2006 5:14 PM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

If Bishop Clark were as bad as sime of the conservatives tried to make him out, would he still be here?

Tough question, just by considering Cardinal Mahony, one could come to two opposing conclusions.

A. Cardinal Mahony is still "there".

2. Cardinal Mahoney was given a major see and a red hat.

Either way, it wasn't much of a defense. ;)

In fairness, I do understand where you're coming from. There's three sides to every story...yours, mine, and the hard truth.


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