I guess cheaters always find a way to justify what they do. Today I did homework for my exchange student. Now I will justify it.
The student's religion teacher required her, for a quiz grade, to obtain a bulletin from any church of her choosing. The student didn't even know what a bulletin was, and a translator is only so much help with a word like that.
Anyway, I offered to get a bulletin for her, because the local RC church is right down the block.
I have literally never attended a Catholic Mass that wasn't a wedding or funeral. Never too old for a "first."
So I went down at Mass time, grabbed a bulletin and a seat in the very back row. It was interesting to see that this church bulletin had advertising in it, two whole pages in color. There was also a damn good screed against the lottery on page three.
Mass got under way with hymns and stuff. It was less ostentatious than the Snobville United Methodist by more than half. But I noticed that punctuality didn't seem to be very important to the congregation. After about ten minutes, with folks still trickling in, it was easy to sneak out the door through which I came.
I gave the following reasons for getting the bulletin to my student:
1. Her parents are paying tuition to the school. Part of this tuition supports the missions of the Roman Catholic Church. Part of it helps subsidize scholarships for kids who are religious. That should suffice the school, regarding my student's involvement with the Catholic faith.
2. Can you imagine China with orthodox Catholics who didn't practice birth control?
I don't care how many times I have to pretend to go to Mass this year. The church is a block away, and no one slobbered over me like they do in so many of the Pentecostal denominations when they see a stranger.
What do you think? Am I committing a sin here?