When my wife took me to a Catholic Homeschooling Conference in Santry, Dublin, I was dragged kicking and screaming.
The reason why is because I’m not a fan of intellectual Catholics. I often find that the type of Catholics who congregate at such things are often a little on the wealthy side, are middle/upper class and whom I’ve nothing in common with.
I wasn’t wrong as when I got there it was hard to find anything but that. Don’t get me wrong, I sincerely love them and if given a choice to live next door to an atheist and this lot I know who I’d pick.
Everything they said that day from the table at the top of the room was very hard to disagree with. We had common ground in that regard but when the woman said ”We are going to build an Orthodox Catholic community again and keep Catholicism going” I thought to myself ”hmmm yeah but …what are you Orthodox for?”
There’s Orthodoxy in knowledge of the faith but most of these people I’ve tested a bit and as soon as so much a little argument or insult comes their way they immediately berate you and ”unfriend” you if we want to go and speak about them via social media.
You know the type. They’ve a bishop for their profile pic, wear expensive chinos, sweatshirts and talk with a few marbles in their mouth. A little testing reveals they actually have a lack of Orthodoxy as they cave under pressure and lash out at you.
For example years ago one young chubby white kid was my little virtual buddy for a while. He never shut up about his Franciscan University of Ohio college and how Orthodox he was. I decided it was time to annoy this dude and reveal to him just how unorthodox he actually is.
So when he shared some mad liberal thing, I took the side of the liberals and he went nuts. It got to the stage where I went in with a sledgehammer and said ”Well that’s ok for you to say, mommy paid for your education, you’re part of the privileged few aren’t you?”
I say it all on purpose to throw people. I’m always trying to reveal these people to themselves. By insulting them and being harsh with them I’m giving them the opportunity to respond with Love. I’m desperate to see what kind of Spirit they have with them.
So lost they are that they simply crumble under such little pressure and they angrily BLOCK you.
This is why I don’t like the Catholic Church, the American one in particular. It’s too heavily intellectual. There’s all the ”Lord Lord” but nobody does as their told and most of the millennial Catholic kids are mean and as they say the Cats in the kitten because their parents aren’t much better.
They love to talk ABOUT God rather than to him half the time. These people irritate me. I mean I seriously become irate among them. I even become irate thinking about them and having to actually meet with them.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not anti-education and see it as vital part of our growth but some people worship it more than God himself. Their intellect is jam packed with so much knowledge but they’re empty inside and love is missing.
You’re not building a Catholic community just more and more privileged spoiled brats that’s all and when the real world hits them they crumble and fold up.
Since coming back to the Church I’ve realized there’s a whole….kind…of….culture out there ya know? Its a weird snooty one I really don’t care for and the more I hang around them the more desires to leave the church and just become secular again arise within me.
I just can’t take them sometimes and so when they invite me to their groups or retreats I always politely decline to protect myself and kids from this intellectual Catholic gathering.