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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 05:33:52 AM EST
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Does the regular taking of communion at the corner bar count?

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by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 09:02:54 AM EST
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If I'm not mistaken Catholics and Episcopalians don't buy into this rapture bullshit either, do they?

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 09:04:23 AM EST
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The problem is that if you ask "do you believe in X" then the response will be affirmative because that's part of the whole Christian story. But that doesn't have anything to do with the expectation that we will all be vaporized and sucked into the sky tomorrow--or that our political system should act as if that will happen.
by asdf on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 09:14:25 AM EST
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John Paul II said in one of his last encyclicals that Hell did not exist literally but as a spiritual state of separation from God. So a Catholic might well say they don't believe in the Devil, Hell, or the Apocalypse. Catholics have never been encouraged to read and interpret the bible themselves, either, which may make the experience more boring but reduces the likelihood of raving literalist lunatics rising to prominence.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 17th, 2006 at 04:52:21 AM EST
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There's a growing number of so-called "evangelical" Catholics who actually DO believe in this stuff. But you're right: in mainstream Catholicism it's frowned upon. (Plus Catholics are only 25% of the American population; Episcopalians are less than one percent.)
by Matt in NYC on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 10:49:52 AM EST
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