Well, you’re going to see this all over the web today, so I might as well chime in: Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican’s newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world’s population and Catholics 17.4 percent.
The reasons? A few possibilities: Neutered Europeans, half-neutered Americans, prolific Muslims, murderous Muslims (how many Catholics have been murdered by Muslims in Africa; it ain’t a baker’s dozen), Americans leaving the Church in wake of The Scandal. Please feel free to offer other reasons in the combox.
But can someone answer this: Is marijuana a “drug” in the sense the Catechism uses it (2291: “use of drugs . . . is a grave offense”). My first thought was, “Of course marijuana is a drug,” but I’ve had at least one Catholic disagree with me (and no, it wasn’t a surfer dude with a rosary in one hand and a joint in another). I’m also reminded of a story my father tells about visiting Jamaica in the 1970s. He was on the beach drinking a Red Stripe. A Jamaican asked if he wanted to buy some ganja. My Dad said, “No, I already have my drug” and gestured to his beer. The Jamaican got wide eyed and said, “You got drugs, mon?” My Dad said, “Yeah, ganja, … Read the rest