Confession: I am not Catholic. I am not even from Buffalo. My only ties to Catholicism are that I dated a Catholic girl in high school and had another friendly acquaintance in high school who later became a priest. So for the Catholics out there (and even the recovering Catholics too), what can you tell us about the inside scoop of being Catholic? No we're not looking for stories of secret pedophelia, nor is this thread intended to be a platform to recount all the historic failings of the church, but rather to find out things like:
- did/do you really eat fish every single freakin' Friday?
- are there certain prayers priests tend to dole out in greater quantities for repentance at confession?
- you ever get asked to do anything strange as penance? (remember, we're not talking pedophelia here)
- did you go to Catholic school, and how if you also attended public school how did you think it compared?
- were school dances excessively monitored/chaperoned affairs?
- did a priest ever stay for dinner at your house and did your family tend to treat clergy with greater deference than you would any other guest?
Tell us about the Catholic experience on personal level, what do/did you like or dislike about it? Tell us about some things we might not otherwise glean about the world of Catholicism outside of tv shows, movies, or other media portrayals?