FranIam for inspiring this post." I will still give her credit, though at this point I have no idea what did inspire it.
I was born Catholic, but I remember taking my confirmation very seriously. This was my chance to back out. I started looking at Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, and even gave a little thought to LDS (I was like what, 15?) But the essence of community was the initial draw for me. There was no way I was going to roll out my prayer mat and face Mecca while the rest of my family went off to church. And miss the pancake breakfast?
My friends were all starting to get into Eastern religions, but it was just a trendy fashion for them. And a way to rebel against their families. I imaged some teenager over in Asia converting to Catholicism in a similar rebellion.
Plus we have the Pope-mobile! So until the Dali Lama gets an invisible jet, or the Archbishop of Canterbury starts zipping around the English Channel in a hydrofoil, I am sticking with the Holy See.
I really don't know much about the new guy, but as I told my mom the other day "He is a Jesuit. This should be interesting." I then clarified to her as I will clarify to you - I do not mean that as good or bad, just that this will literally be interesting.