From a reader:
Out here in L.A. the Governor of California held
yesterday a conference on Woman and the Family -
http://www.californiagovernorsconference.org. My wife,
an attorney and mother of two boys, attended. Overall
it was a largely positive, motivating and
informational experience, until Maria Shriver, First
Lady of California spoke.
This is not an exact quote, but my wife said Mrs.
Shriver is speaking about being a working mom when she
quips about "...and I'm a devout Roman Catholic and am
pro-choice and a strong believer in stem-cell
research." Of course to an uproar of applause. My wife
was mortified but not surprised.
Anyway, another day in California, unfortunately.
Welborn's Rule #1: When a person begins a sentence "I'm a Catholic," you know you have trouble on the way. When they begin a sentence "I'm a devout Catholic," you have disaster, guaranteed.
Rule #2: The saints do not self-identify as "devout Catholics" or even "good Catholics." And when I'm tempted to, I remember that. Not that I'm ever particularly tempted to self-identify as "devout." I think I probably couldn't get the word out without laughing, at least in regard to myself.