Best Tweet of the day, or perhaps I should say best of the millennium so far:
None of us is an island, autonomous and independent from others. We can only build the future by standing together, including everyone.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 19, 2017
Yes! That’s what I’m talking about! This is why I’m a Catholic, people!
I don’t just mean that the Pope said something cool, so yay, Catholics….
I mean it speaks to the whole communitarian nature of Catholicism’s appeal to me.
I became a Catholic in 1991, and over the years, when people ask me why, I generally say something like… Being a person with a strong sense of history, I wanted to join the original (in the West, anyway) church, and more than that the universal (which is what catholic means, y’all) church.
Before that, I had been, technically, a Baptist (I was really pretty nondenominational, but I was baptized in a Baptist church). And (please correct me if I’m explaining this wrong, Baptist friends) each Baptist church sees itself as a separate church. If you go to a Baptist church other than your home church, you are a visitor — a welcome one, in my experience, but a visitor. The universal church is the opposite of that: Wherever you go in the world, you are a communicant of whatever Catholic church you walk into. Back in the days of the Latin Mass, the language would have been the same.
I wanted to be in communion not only with all Catholics in the world today, but with all who had ever lived and ever would live. That’s the way I looked at it. That was my motivation. Not my only motivation, to be sure, but the one I was best able to articulate.
Looks like maybe the Pope is Catholic for some of the same reasons. You know, aside from being an Italian who grew up in Argentina…