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I’m going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point. I’m a failed Catholic. We all are, in that none of us are perfect. I didn’t get married in the Church because the bureaucracy makes me angry. I’m frustrated by marriage preparation and timelines and insistence upon brick and mortar … unless you have enough money.
And so, I was married by a former Catholic priest with similar gripes. With my family, under the sky and a canopy of sequoias, I stated the same vows I would have in the Church but still with a man sanctified and called by God.
Again, I’m not a good Catholic, but a practicing one. I practice because I’m just not very good yet. I only confess when I think I’ve done wrong and I do what I can to be a good human.
“Evil,” the TV show, is like “The X-Files” for Catholics. It’s about what happens that is between science and faith, who has ownership, why, and what it means.
When I saw the Season 3 promos that promised consummation between the priest and his friend (despite her being married and his vows), I felt like it was clichéd. I was tired and I wanted no part of the usual “priest can’t resist love/sex” thing.
In my boredom, I started watching anyway.
I was relieved to see that they didn’t play the trope. Instead, it is spiritual trickery, desire, demonic presence, and our normal human failings. I was so relieved; I kept watching.
As a Catholic, I have to commend the makers. They have made it neither bizarre superstition or old custom, but genuine faith and practice of real people with real lives and real questions.
For that, I am grateful.
And for that, it has inspired me to pray my Rosary, look to the mysteries, and to be closer to the faith. Though I have trouble believing, God help me believe. Mary, who said yes, let me also say yes. In spite of everything, say yes to life and whatever comes with faith that my practices and religion have given me proper tools that when confronted, when cynical, when doubting, I still say yes.
Even reluctantly and warily.
I say yes.Published in