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Sorry, Abuelita: 11 Things People Who Grew Up Catholic Still Feel Guilty About

Were you raised Catholic? You know: Sunday mass, white communion outfits, constant crippling guilt, the whole deal? Are you still Catholic? Mmm hmmm.

If your religious fervor has fallen by the wayside, you might just relate to these:

1. The guilt stays with you forever.

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Catholic guilt is no joke. It’s like living with a tiny monja inside your head forever, asking you if you’re really willing to risk eternal hellfire for telling that one lie to your parents back in fourth grade. Speaking of which…

2. You’ll never not be intimidated by nuns.

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You know they’re the most powerful women on the planet, able to know your sins with just one look.

3. The smell of incense is still soothing and magical.

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*Takes big whiff.* *Coughs for 15 minutes.*

4. You still pray. Sometimes.

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Look, you might not pray every evening or before every meal, but when you feel alone and in need of reenforcement, it feels like it’s worth a try.

5. It’s not like you’re gonna stop celebrating awesome holidays.

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Pass the lechón! Pass the Pascua baskets! HAND OVER ALL THE FOOD.

6. You’re just going to do so without ever attending mass again.

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Sorry, abuelita.

7. There are things others find creepy that, for you, seem pretty normal.

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Yeah, He died and came back. Why… why would that be weird?

8. You can still remember hymns you sang a million years ago at mass like it was only yesterday.

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? “And He will raiiiise you up / on eaaaaagle’s wings!”

9. You’ve been tempted to use Lent as a diet plan.

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“?Giving up chocolate and Hot Cheetos just in time for summer.?” Come on, bb. We see you. We both know that’s not what it’s for.

10. The idea of confession still makes you nervous (and relieved).

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11. There are traditions you still hold on to without fully believing in them.

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Like having a church wedding, for instance, or fearing eternal damnation. Aw!


READ: 5 Things Latinos From Catholic Families Know To Be True

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Meet ‘Padre Cheke,’ The Mexican Priest Combining Religion And Tech On TikTok

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Meet ‘Padre Cheke,’ The Mexican Priest Combining Religion And Tech On TikTok

A Mexican priest has turned to social media to meet young people where they are – on TikTok. He’s using the popular social media app to help “bring young people closer to God” and him becoming an actual influencer in the process is just a coincidence. But a very successful one at that.

Known as Padre Cheke, the priest from Puebla already has nearly one million followers on TikTok and has gained millions of likes on his videos. So just what does a Catholic priest upload to TikTok?

Padre Cheke is a massive hit on TikTok for uploading religious content.

Ezequiel Padilla is “Padre Cheke,” a Catholic priest and rector of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and San Cayetano in Puebla. He is also a new star of TikTok. He currently has almost 700,000 followers and 3.2 million likes on his platform.

Padre Cheke has become famous for using TikTok trends and using them to give religious messages to his followers and anyone who comes across his videos.

With the onset of the pandemic and confinement, Father Cheke decided to implement new strategies to keep people from turning away from religion. After returning to Mexico following a formation meeting in Italy, the priest became interested in this platform.  “In those days was that I downloaded the application, because I saw some stories on social networks and from there I started to make TikToks. I did not know how but little by little I was learning,” said the TikToker.

At 48 years old, the priest pointed out that when he noticed that one of his videos went viral and went from 60 followers to 10,000 followers in a very short time, he understood the power of social media.

Ezequiel feels that religion is not at odds with daily life and he uses TikTok to share that message.

Father Cheke does it all for TikTok. He dances, sings and interprets his videos with a lot of ease. He also lip synchs to dubbed videos, follows trendy choreography and viral songs, sometimes alone and sometimes with members of his congregation.

I mean who wouldn’t love a padre doing TikTok?!

Due to the great impact of social media, he has become a viral character and even has his own hashtag,#ChekeTokers, which has already been and will probably continue to trend throughout Mexico and, if he has his way, around the world.

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The Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Unions After Supporting Them

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The Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Unions After Supporting Them

The Catholic church has a long history of ostracizing and demonizing the LGBTQ+ community. Pope Francis seemed to be revolutionizing the Catholic church’s views on the community until saying the church cannot bless same-sex unions.

The Vatican has officially decreed that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.

Seemingly out of nowhere, The Vatican released a statement claiming that priests cannot bless same-sex unions. The announcement further claims that homosexuality is a sin and that God cannot bless sin. Furthermore, the decree from The Vatican determined that sexual orientation is a choice, which is archaic and hurtful thinking.

The Vatican’s claim that sexual orientation is a choice has been debunked.

The decree from The Vatican claims that by blessing same-sex unions, The Vatican would be blessing a “choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered.”

Some try to claim that homosexuality is a choice yet that has been scientifically debunked. There are wide studies that show that genetics are likely at play when it comes to determining someone’s sexual orientation. The “gay gene” has been observed when studying brothers of differing sexual orientations.

The announcement brought up some of The Vatican’s long-discussed hypocrisy.

In 2019, it was reported that The Vatican invested heavily into the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” The movie follows the life of Elton John and his journey through the music industry while coming to terms with his sexual orientation. The movie shows John struggling to be who he is very early in his career and the damage not having a proper support system could cause.

The Vatican’s decree goes against Pope Francis’ own comments from last year.

Last year, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention when he was caught on camera in a documentary. The pope spoke on same-sex unions and endorsed them.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family,” Pope Francis said in a documentary. “Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to have is a civil union law—that way, they are legally covered. I supported that.”

Some clerics in the Catholic Church are pushing back against the latest decree and saying they will bless same-sex unions.

READ: Pope Francis Says That Women Are Now Allowed to Read Scripture During Mass and People Have Conflicting Emotions

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