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An Unholy War
They don't give refunds, huh? I rather feel sorry for that priest. He had no idea what he was walking into that day.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 9, 2015
Yours is one of the few blogs I always read through (others I sometimes skim) because you tell great stories. Don't you love being Catholic? What a rich, rich amount of source material, huh?
By: Al Penwasser on February 9, 2015
Was he still the priest when you finally went? Not sure why your mother tithed if she did not attend, but I guess she figured it was a charity not a church as you said.
By: Tabor on February 9, 2015
I do like your mom, tough as she might be. Her generation took so much nonsense and at some point they (especially the ladies) just say "That;s it, I've had enough! And you've given me an idea for a post...thanks.
By: Cranky on February 9, 2015
Your mother was right. Religion (all religion) is a scam. The con artists make up stuff about a god that doesn't exist and bilk people out of money repeatedly. It's all based on fear, which reminds me of this story: "One day a man and wife heard a knock on his door. He opened it a couple of inches and blocked the door with his foot because he lived in a sketchy neighborhood. Out on the porch stood a man in a robe and beard. 'How can I help you?' the home owner asked. The man on the porch replied, 'I'm Jesus and you need to let me in right now.' The home owner turned to his wife and then said, 'Why should we let you into our home?' Then Jesus replied in a serious tone, 'Because you don't want to know what'll happen to you if you don't!'" This is exactly how I see religion. It is bullying and they force you to pay protection money.
By: Michael Offutt on February 9, 2015
i give props to your mom on this one. :)
By: TexWisGirl on February 9, 2015
The politics at the pastoral level of the church and its parishioners is a passionate affair that never ends. Glad your mother had the chutzpah to rebuke the priest.
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 9, 2015
Wouldn't the current tithing year have ended by the time the new church was completed? Also, I didn't know that the Catholic Church was keen on tithing.
By: Snowbrush on February 9, 2015
Great post! I'm voting for your Mom! Good on her for putting in her 2 cents. I have never quite grasped how any church (especially the Catholic church) could expect their members to give up 3% or more of their income by applying guilt if they didn't.... some how I don't think that is what Jesus would have done....just saying.
By: Kathe W. on February 9, 2015
Good for your Mom! Those money grubbers have taken far too much money (and gold in the old days) for glorifying themselves in their righteous temples. (Sorry. This gets under my skin.)
By: Catalyst on February 9, 2015
Amen! Amen! Amen!
By: ma on February 9, 2015
Amen! Amen! Amen! (#2)
By: fishducky on February 9, 2015
Probably some of the nastiest fights and divisions occur within religious denominations.
By: red on February 9, 2015
Never pay for services in advance unless you understand the refund policy!
By: mimi on February 9, 2015
Gotta love your Mom's toughness in the face of a turned around collar. Hope you all used up the tithe at St Justin's before switching. .
By: Akansas Patti on February 9, 2015
And the suspense builds.... :)
By: Scott Park on February 9, 2015
Hmmmm. I always enjoy stories about your mom. I'm kind of surprised that being a three percenter would be a big deal. The churches I've belonged to most recently want a ten percent commitment. I don't actually believe in tithing. I believe in giving when and where it seems to be needed the most. That priest would have been wise to get down on his knees and pucker up to kiss your mother you-know-where . . . her feet or the hem of her dress. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on February 9, 2015
Good thing you weren't Mormons...I think they believe in tithing ten percent!
By: Pixel Peeper on February 9, 2015
During my Baptist childhood, we just passed the collection plate.
By: Val on February 9, 2015
I like your Mother! I was raised Catholic and became disheartened over their constant money grubbing ways. I think I would have done what she did as well.
By: Bouncin Barb on February 9, 2015
That poor priest- it wasn't even a fair fight. I look forward to seeing how it unfolds~
By: Shelly on February 9, 2015
your mum = 1 the church = 0
By: Fran on February 9, 2015
Sorry to hear about the loss of the pear trees.
By: Tom Cochrun on February 9, 2015
I feel a little sorry for the poor fella. He didn't know what he was walking in to. :) I'm unfamiliar with Catholic tithing, but that sounds a bit strong arm to me to have priests show up on your front porch demanding your tithe. Kudos to your mom for sending him on his way.
By: Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines on February 10, 2015
the church should never take on a feisty woman.
By: Ellen Abbott on February 10, 2015
A great story, it made me laugh.
By: John on February 10, 2015
Stephen: I had a good laugh at this post! I had to Google Sergeant Bilko. Hilarious!
By: Michael Manning on February 10, 2015
Whatever one's views about your mother, she is definitely a lady who will not be ignored!
By: Bryan Jones on February 14, 2015
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