Maybe it’s because I love Halloween so much, but I also really love November first — or All Saints Day as it’s celebrated in the Catholic Church. Because I am an admittedly bad Catholic, I don’t go to mass very often, but All Saints’ day is one of those times (like Midnight Mass and Ash Wednesday) when I really like to get my stuff together and visit Jesus on his own turf.
The one thing I really like about Catholicism is the tradition. I love the history of the church and the fact that the Pope is like a modern day King of Religion. The position hearkens back to another world, a time when people were writing the manuscript of the Bible with quill pens on gold leaf paper and painting pictures of naked cherubs on chapel ceilings. Sure, past Popes have been known to be corrupt, but like anything in life, there is good with the bad.
So, despite being a Catholic (and a former Catholic school TEACHER at that), I don’t truly believe in the Pope’s infallibility. I think the guy is wrong on a lot of issues (the Roman Catholic Church in general is in need of an overhaul and a shake-down), however, I’d never abandon my Catholic roots for these negative reasons. I think the faith is pretty much the embodiment of human nature: kinda messed up. And for this, I like it.