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Mortal Sin Missing Mass
By A Catholic Reader
Dec 26, 2009 - 12:22:23 AM

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I did like the story by John Walsh.

I guess he has a lot of the same feeling as me about the catholic religion. "Don't do as I do, do as I say and don't ask questions. Reminds me of when I was at school and was told it was a mortal sin if I didn't go to church on Sunday and if I died with a mortal sin on my soul I would not go to heaven, so I said that if I went to mass six days a week but couldn't go on Sunday would that make up for it and was told that it did not matter how many times I went to mass if I missed going on Sunday I would go to hell.

I said that Joyce Jensen who lived across the road from me and goes to the state school would go to hell because she doesnt go to church at all, the nun said that was different because she does not know any better so she would still go to heaven, so I said I would tell her it was a mortal sin and then she will go to hell if she doesn't go to mass on Sunday.

Well how insulting was it to be told that I had to believe what the nun told me but Joyce did'nt have to believe me, I want to know why I have to believe other people but no one has to believe me.

Begger me it is now not a sin if I miss mass on Sunday so long as I go on Saturday. Look at all those Sundays I wasted going to mass for nothing, and worse still look at all the ones that got away scott free with missing mass on Sunday and having a good time while I was getting bruised knees. I figure that it is a waste of time going to church at all as they will change the rules again and I will have wasted more precious time and as I am getting older I don't have time to waste and anyway isn't it a sin to waste time?

And anyway if I don't go to to church I won't know the new rules so I will be like Joyce Jensen and go to heaven anyway.

Name withheld.

Editorial: This letter was received December 24th so I am not sure which John Walsh Story Captain Sandy's wife was referring to in her letter, but Mr. Walsh's latest article can be found HERE and contains a list of previous articles.

I think this lady might give John Walsh a run for his money in the writing department. I had such a laugh reading this. I hope she likes the upcoming WALSH article on the Sisters of Mercy - R.P. BenDedek

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