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Why the Catholic Church is like Starbucks

starbucks.jpgWell, this post (at a fine new blog I’ve just discovered, Catholic Phoenix) offers some smart answers.

Of course, like Starbucks, the Church — being universal — comes in a variety of sizes and flavors, to suit any taste. I like my faith tall, dark and rich (no cream or sugar). Others like theirs a little bit nutty, with whipped topping and a scone on the side.

Like the (often-derided) hymn puts it: all are welcome.

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Joe Cleary

posted September 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Would that as many Catholics visit Church daily ( or even weekly) as they visit Starbucks daily!
Would that we welcome people as warmly in our Churches as most get welcomed at the neighborhood Starbucks or local cafe.
Deacon Greg- an interesting observation on the similarity and differences of global religions and global service companies.

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D Hunter

posted September 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Mildly funny.

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posted September 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

That was the best sung “All are Welcome” hymn I’ve ever heard (as opposed to…say…this one:-)
[Wow, Tom. That was…scary. What a cheerless bunch! Another stellar rendition was sung just a few months ago: it was the entrance hymn at the installation of Archbishop Gomez in Los Angeles. Dcn. G.]

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Andre John

posted September 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Excuse me miss, here in StarBox (JOKE) do you sell coffee with Bailey’s or Merry Irish cream!!! WE LIKE!
CAPTCHA: reeteigh cubes.

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posted September 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Hey Deacon Greg: Are you one of the new deacons from vatican 2, which allows deaconship after weekend training and none of the other requirements or vows of a catholic prist.?… Many catholics have been following the dictates of vat2 without realizing the damage to the church has occured due to the protastant influences in actually writing the new mass…. True catholics are leaving by the droves since the church hAS BECOME JUST ANOTHER PROTESTANT CHURCH… long live the trident mass!111!!!!

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posted September 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Just wonder if indeed, like Starbucks, the Catholic church, one size doesn’t fit all?

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Jocko Jones

posted September 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

So Starbucks is misleading millions of people with bad theology and sending them to hell for eternity too?

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Phil E. Fino

posted September 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

Too far-off the wall and useless article. Waste of time.

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posted September 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm

The article may have been, in your opinion, a waste of time, but you commented, didn’t you Phil E. Fino?

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posted September 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Hmmm… So the Catholic Church serves burned coffee?

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posted September 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm

cathyf, I think you meant overpriced, overhyped, burned coffee?
Don’t even start on the priest – baristo thing! :)~

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