Aniblogger Testimony: Why Am I Catholic?
Although the main phase of the Aniblogger Testimony series has come to an end, I always welcome further additions. Recently, Renato Barros Ezquerro submitted a post for this series. The only problem?
He’s not a blogger.
Still, I’d be glad to call this post an “Otaku Testimony” if it meant I could fit in his writing. I hope you’ll read it – I wanted to include it, especially, because it provides the point of view from someone whose native tongue is not English (I implore you to read through it, despite some grammar and word choice issues) and presents a Catholic point of view, one that hasn’t been expressed in the series. He also addresses some questions I used to have about the Catholic faith and, on a more minor note, writes a little about Ef ~ A Tale of Memories, a series I’ve always wanted to post on.
First of all, I’ll answer you one question I had to answer myself first:
Why am I catholic?
But this question has different answers for different ages of my life, approximately:
0-12: “Because my family is catholic” was the answer
12-16: “The dark ages…Inquisition….why the heck I’m catholic? Why do I believe in this shit? Do I even believe? You know…as far as I know, Goku was reborn, too…Naruto walks on top of water…this all could be a RPG game that got into some fanatics…”
These questions had been on my mind a lot, until my 2rd grade in high school…at that time I finally answered these questions.
16-…: “Because it’s right”
“Woooooaaaaa!!! Stop right there! ” someone might say….”answer decently the questions please! I cannot take that as an answer! So do you agree with the inquisition?! Do you really believe in that shit of ‘papal infallibility’ ? ” and this sort of things that all the students here in Brazil learn in the high school…..to which I answer:
“I said: ‘CatholiCISM is right’, not ‘catholiCS are right.’ “
Start there and you’ll have a whole new idea of catholicism…
And here may I make an observation: I’m not trying to convert you, I’m saying why I am catholic…and to answer that I have to answer all (but I’ll answer only 2) the questions that made me be a skeptic about catholicism…
So…one day I was REALLY upset about this whole thing and went to search…at that time I was just trying to finish the sentence “therefore I’m not catholic anymore”…but I couldn’t find the reason anywhere. Instead, I found the answers for all that I’d been upset about.
- The “papal infallibility” question: “The Pope is not an oracle; he is infallible in very rare situations, as we know.” by Pope Benedict XVI, july 2005 (for the more curious ones, see this link)
- The “So…I’m going to hell and you’re going to heaven” question: No. The catholicism says that we’ll go to heaven if and only if God wants to, regardless of our efforts:
“If it is true that no one can save himself, it is also true that God “desires all men to be saved”, and that for him “all things are possible”. – Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1058
As a matter of fact, I’m a sinner, as you’re. Oh…yes…I sin…a lot…..XD
Ok…and what about animes?
Animes made me question! And, by questioning, searching for the answer!
Death Note with the “kill the bad guys” approach…
Ef a tale of melodies episode 6 with the “if there was a benevolent god, this woudn’t happen to me” approach…
H2O Footprints in the Sand with the “fragility of man” approach…
And I went on…every time I had a reason to doubt of my faith, I searched for the answer…and found it. Every “moral lesson” learned in animes would be confronted with my faith, reaffirming it, either by acceptance or rejection of the lesson. Because of this, I grew in knowledge, in faith…and that’s my history!
I hope you found my history interesting…and forgive my errors…English is not my main language…