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What's with DC's Catholics?

Sticking my neck out, if a non-Catholic was asked to list things that separate Catholicism from most of the reformed churches, I imagine that going into the confession box would be highlighted.

However, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC is leafleting (how do they spot Catholic households? They do not have the equivalants of mezuzot on door frames), advertising on public transport, billboards and on the radio encouraging Catholics to go to confession.

Most curious.

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Blogger The Hitch said... 2:32 pm

another hitch story
my father had a mezuzot on his door post (he is a convert my step mother is half)I asked him what the little bit of paper inside said , he told me..

"help I am being held hostage in a mezuzot factory"
He is a total prick but an amusing one  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:36 pm

That I like. I think Mr R will approve too.  



Anonymous David Allen said... 5:23 pm

Great story, Hitch! I'll recycle that one. Free marblecake to anyone with a better mezuzah story!
Used to have a problem with lazy buggers down our (rather Jewish) way refusing to go door-to-door canvassing on a Saturday in case it 'upset the Jews'. I said, 'well leave out the bleedin obvious' like Levin and Cohen, otherwise be guided by the presence or otherwise of a mezuzah _ if it's there don't knock, if it ain't feel free. Not completely foolproof, but, if they don't bother with the mezuzah it is reasonable to assume they aren't particularly observant of shabbat either...  



Blogger KBinMD said... 6:21 pm

I was at the noon Mass yesterday with Archbishop Wuerl and am well aware of the Light is ON for You campaign. To answer your question, how do they identify Catholic households? Umm, how to say this without sounding condescending? The shear size of the Catholic Church necessitates some kind of organization. In short, we are probably the most and best organized branch of Christianity on the planet. My parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. As a registered member of my parish, the Archdiocese knows my household as a Catholic household. I receive the the annual Archbishop's Appeal letters just like every other registered parishoner in the Archdiocese.  



Anonymous David Allen said... 7:04 pm

So you register as a Catholic in the US, like you register as a Republican? Wow! I'm pretty certain there is no such systematic approach to these thinks in the UK. Think the Germans make you register your religion on your tax form tho, so they can take your tithe or whatever it is. Can you see Gordon Brown's face if anyone suggested to him that his beloved Inland Revenue should collect religious donations?! Perhaps the kirk should lean on him...  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:22 pm

David,

I'm not sure that is what KB means, but perhaps I am wrong. However, if it is an outreach campaign, I would have thought that finding non-communicants - new arrivals or the lapsed - would not be achieved from scrolling through the database.  



Anonymous Mr R said... 7:50 pm

Way back lost in the midst of time - cheers C - I was sharing a house with my brother and 2 other friends, all of us Jewish. We had been bothered by jehovas Witnesses before but on one saturday afternoon they came a knocking again. My brother, who was studying for his masters in theological phylosophy was rather pissed off and invited them in! On of the other guys in the house is related to the Chief Rabbi of France. The poor jehovas were in our house for over 4 hours having their arguments systematically ripped apart - and we were able to borrow from the Hebrew. Needless to say they never came knocking again.

Hitch - love the story.  



Blogger dearieme said... 9:06 pm

The stake and pile of kindling in the back garden might be a clue.  



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