Today, I’m not even going to write a post. I’m just going to link you over to this post by Sara Lin Wilde, Am I Too Obsessed with the Catholic Church.
Because I just want to say…Sara Lin’s experience is something that will resonate with a lot of folks — even people who have never been involved with the Catholic church.
I mean, really. My disaffected Mormon readers, do this experiment: read Sara Lin’s post…but every time you get to the word “Catholic,” replace it with Mormon.
It still works. Nearly every word. Not only does it still work, but it’s something that I have definitely seen on several disaffected Mormon blogs. Something that I could probably find in this blog’s archives.
The only parts to disagree with are with some particularities, but even then, some of the particularities stick:
But part of it is also the way the Church tries to pry its way into the everyday lived experiences of people who aren’t even Catholic. It’s not enough to disapprove of abortion; the Church in America wants to deny communion to politicians who fail to impose those religious views on others. It’s not enough for them to say gay marriage is a sin; they have to fight against its inclusion in the law even for people who don’t share their views on sexuality. It’s not enough for them to disapprove of contraception; they want to keep it out of women’s health care coverage and keep teens from learning how to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission.
I mean, definitely “communion” is not a term that Mormons would use in that way, and although the LDS church has different views on abortion than the Catholic church, as far as I’m aware, the relationship between abortion and disciplinary action is complicated and most likely dependent on bishopric/stake president roulette. And certainly, the church doesn’t care (at least, anymore) about contraception (although even this isn’t so clearcut…). [Yeah, so I linked to Joanna Brooks back to back…wanna fight about it?]…but let’s not mistake this as a great track record for progressivity or anything.
But I mean, when I hear people suggest that people should be able to walk away from whole swaths of their lives with no issues (especially when leaving doesn’t mean that those elements are gone…they may come back every time there is a political campaign, or from interaction with family or friends), I guess I can only understand that they would underestimate this process because 1) they haven’t had any experience with disaffection or 2) they haven’t had much experience with being as seriously involved in something as strong intertwined religions and cultures such as Catholicism and Mormonism can be.