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This blog of Voices From the Margins has caused me to reflect on what “being on the margins” or “being marginalized” means.  Of course I have heard the term used referring to the poor, but I asked myself, “Is that me when I think of the Catholic Church?” The definition of marginalized that came up on the web was: “to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group . . .  to relegate to a lower or outer edge . . . to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power.”  As much as it hurts, those words describe me fairly well when I look at where I stand with the Church, and probably where some in the Church would place me.  How did I get here? 

I suppose over the years I have made small and large choices not to blindly accept everything the church says.  Life experiences caused me to rethink, question and move away from the parental decisions that it seemed the church was making for me.  First was probably when I went to a public college after Catholic elementary and high school and I realized that non-Catholic people were often full of integrity, very ethical and prayerful.  We were not taught that people outside the faith didn’t have those qualities but there was a sense of superiority about “our faith.” – HB

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