Sunday, July 6, 2008

Not politics? On whom not to marry

Maureen Dowd quotes extensively from a Catholic priest, Father Pat Connor, who counsels people on whom not to marry. Some choice quotes (delivered mostly to women!):
"Does he have a sense of humor? That covers a multitude of sins." - Ummm, does that mean a sense of humor is not good to have?
"Imagine a religious fundamentalist married to an agnostic. One would have to pray that the fundamentalist doesn’t open the Bible and hit the page in which Abraham is willing to obey God and slit his son’s throat." - Oh brother!
And this really hits home, as it is often advanced as a reason for men to marry back in India:
"Don’t marry a problem character thinking you will change him. He’s a heavy drinker, or some other kind of addict, but if he marries a good woman, he’ll settle down. People are the same after marriage as before, only more so." [emphasis mine - RS]
To end:
“After I regale a group with this talk, the despairing cry goes up: ‘But you’ve eliminated everyone!’ Life is unfair.” - Mr Right, or Mr Right Now? :-)


Aly said...

When he says "Does he have a sense of humor? That covers a multitude of sins." That doesn't mean that it's not good to have humnor. It means that humor is essential. It means, humor will "cover" for, or compensate for, a "multitude" of other sins.

I did, however, feel like that list was comprehensive and somewhat daunting...he is a priest, after all.


RS said...

I like the "compensate for" terminology better!