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Categories: Beliefs

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman specializes in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics. She also writes frequently on biomedical ethics and end-of-life-issues


  1. All religions are indeed crazy to outsiders, and many insiders who bolt. I remember staying with an aunt and uncle in Ireland. His science/engineering job required him to drive the roads a lot to visit sites, some distant. He made it a practice to pick up hitchhikers, enjoying the conversations, especially with the many foreigners.

    He told me of one recent conversation with “two American young men about an American religion,” that is, Mormonism. He found their story about the origins of their beliefs, and their beliefs about the corporeal nature of the Trinity and the proliferation of new gods throughout the universe, to be bizarre.

    I asked him, But what could be more bizarre than the belief that a Jewsish carpenter starting preaching and performing miracles and claiming to be God and then being arrested for treason and being crucified and then rising from the dead? He agreed.

    P.S. From his well educated wife, and other well educated sources, I was told that this uncle, when younger, asked the ghost of a priest who kept showing up on Sunday mornings at his parish church if he could be of help. The priest indicated he needed a Mass server. The dead priest and my uncle then proceeded to say Mass (the priest silently) in front of a packed church (the scheduled live priest discreetly slipping away). Most parishioners also began to slip out but some stayed to the end, and many were satisfied that they had fulfilled their obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. No one took communion from the dead priest.

    My uncle, also trained in PR, would neither affirm nor deny the story, lol. So who or what are you going to believe?