Popemobile Coming to DC!

The last time I really had much to do with the Catholic Church that I was raised in, I was brand-new to DC, and living in Alexandria. I went to St. Anthony of Padua in Bailey’s Crossroads, and I sang in the choir. At least, I did, until the day the priest got up and said, in his Sunday homily, that women couldn’t understand the suffering of Jesus. That was my resignation from the Catholic Church.

However, I might be tempted to go back to Mass when Pope Benedict brings his funny little car to the streets of DC in April. He will say Mass at the new DC Stadium, a choice I found odd because there’s no parking there, and frankly, there’s parking AND a higher capacity at RFK. Regardless, if the Pope’s your guy, he’s coming next April. Mark down April 17th on your calendar for Mass at the new DC Stadium.

7 Comments so far

  1. dcres (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    That seems a bit ignorant that you’d leave the entire church because a priest said something like that. Did you confront the priest? Did you try another church? I’m actually a bit of a disgruntled Catholic myself, but c’mon?


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    DCres, that’s the nutshell story.

    Yes, I confronted the priest, he was unrepentant and stood by his line of reasoning, even when I pointed out its flaw. When I asked the pastor if he agreed, he said that he’d review the sermon and get back to me, and he said that while he didn’t agree with it, it was an acceptable reading of Scripture, and I couldn’t abide by that. I left.

    A good friend asked me if I’d come sing at their church in Falls Church, and I found a good spiritual home there. It’s not the same service, and there’s much I miss. I tried a few other churches in Arlington, St. Agnes in Cherrydale, a few others, and nothing felt quite right. I guess the conservative lines drawn in Arlington are entirely different than the lines drawn in my home parish in the Archdiocese of Sacramento under Bishop Quinn in the 80s.

    It just wasn’t a church I recognized anymore.

    So yeah, I’m a lapsed Catholic. I’m not a Protestant yet, and I hold out some hope that the Church around here might open her eyes a bit, but I suspect given the leadership present here, that will not happen.


  3. dcres (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    I forgot that Arlington is known for having ultra-conservative priests so my apologies. Cross the river and join us hellbound liberal Catholics.


  4. poo poo (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    "brand new in DC and living in Alexandria."

    you’re in virginia, dude. as much as you’d like to think you’re in DC, you’re not. you’re a burb commuter.

    just calling it like it is.

    pick one of "states" and live up to it.

    i’m tired of folks that live in the burbs and claim they "live in DC".

    go back to your hometown and see how that flies.

    it doesn’t.

    you live in virginia.

    the only thing you have to do with dc is your postings, and complaints.

    oh, and the ability to say you live in DC, which you don’t.

    get it together, suburbanite.

    you are a guest in our city.

    i say that because i pay taxes, vote, and own a home in the nation’s capital.

    be nice, or we’ll tax your suburban commute when you go to work in "the city".

    seriously, think about it…..

    or not. typical of the suburb types…


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

    Hey look, it’s the same old song and dance from Poo Poo.

    When I speak of DC, I speak of the DC area. I know that offends you because somehow I’m not as oppressed as you are in DC. But I could really give two shits.

    Btw – how come you never took us up on the offer to write here and "rep your city" the way those of us who live in Arlington just "can’t."

    Either put up, or shut the fuck up.


  6. Tiff (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    I’ve said it a hundred times, but for provincial types like Poo Poo I’ll say it again.

    Every large city has surrounding suburbs that are legitimately considered part of its metropolitan area. DC does not have some special exalted status on this point. And I’m really tired of all the xenotard bitching on this point.


  7. Paulo (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    The Pope is coming! The Pope is coming!

    And the burning question on every Metro rider’s mind is – WHAT WILL JOHN WOJNOWSKI DO? Will he need a bigger sign?



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