Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Jun 2001, 10:05 a.m.

OK, OK, Catholicism, my bad.

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I went to Tsarskeyoe Selo today. Rather fun. I find the gardens more enjoyable than the herd experience through the gilt-trip palace itself.

I'm off to the LUG meeting really, really soon.

More on Catholicism below.

OK, OK, a few entries back I mentioned that I find a certain aspect of Catholicism appealing: "unconditional redemption and state of grace and all." But I didn't even begin to mention what I don't find appealing.

For example, I have that sort of Protestant belief that I can talk to God on my own, without an intercessor. And many of my friends who have personal experience with Catholicism (e.g., growing up Catholic) believe that Catholicism fosters unhealthy guilt complexes. That sort of stuff is borne out in Angela's Ashes, and believe you me, I find that stuff unappealing. But that one thing, being able to confess your sins and then -- seemingly -- not have to deal with them anymore -- that sounds great.

I'm a Hindu, by the way. I'm sure I'll mention more on that in later days.

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