I'm godmother to Lydia Ruth, one of a pair of (now 2-year-old) twin daughters of my friend Ben Foster/Weasel, founder and frontman for the punk band Screeching Weasel. Ben and his wife are both Catholic converts.
I met Ben through my brother Joe, founder and frontman of The Queers, and though I've never pretended to be part of the punk scene, my hat has always been off to both bands. The respect with which Ben and Joe talk about each other when neither is within earshot slays me, especially as these are guys with nary a sentimental bone in their bodies.
Last year, at SXSW, a very unfortunate incident occurred wherein a female fan jumped onstage while Screeching Weasel was playing, words were exchanged, and Ben hit her.
An uproar ensued. Ben publicly apologized. And around minute 18:45 of the below Weasel Radio podcast, he riffs about the reaction of the punk world vs. the reaction of his Catholic friends in the aftermath. Not to polarize, obviously, but I, too, have noticed that the anti-religion-on-the-grounds-that-religion-is-rigid brigade can sometimes be fanatically rigid, closed-minded, and psychologically violent themselves.
As Ben says, the Catholic paradigm is basically that of the prodigal son who trails home after squandering his inheritance in the mire, is deeply grateful to have been invited back to the table, and realizes I'm pretty much a buffoon, trying to make my way just like everyone else...
Here's the link if you want to listen on mynorthwest.com.
If you only tune in to the clip in question (again, starting at 18:45), don't miss Screeching Weasel's "Science of Myth" directly following!
More audio at MyNorthwest.com