Well said, John Egelkrout.... like you, I am also a "recovering" Catholic -- although I see myself more as a "lapsed" Catholic ..... "lapsed", in that I was raised a Catholic -- attended a Catholic parochial school for one year (8th grade)(all my poor mother could afford) ... and learned all that I needed to know what the Catholic Church espouses, and where I diverge from the dictates of the Pope and the Church Fathers. I chose the "common-sense" approach to my religious foundation -- I do NOT subscribe to the commitment to have more babies, regardless of whether I can manage to support them, or the world can tolerate yet another unwanted child growing up to become a disillusioned, and angry Catholic. Of all the teachings of the Catholic Church -- I think their stance on birth control (and thus population control) is the most unrealistic. In any case, I found a good solution to that issue -- and I have 3 grown children (which is more than enough), so I'm okay with my "mystical orientation" to Christianity.

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