When I say “Mormon Elder,” an image pops into your head, right? Or if I say “Lutheran pastor” or “Orthodox rabbi” or “womynpriest of a Unitarian faith community fellowship co-op”—you know who we’re talking about. Fair or not, you can picture the type right away, down to the tone of their voice and the cut and color of their hair. There may be some exceptions, but there is definitely a type.
But what about when I say “Catholic priest?”
I recently had the opportunity to edit the short autobiographies of twenty seminarians. It was a strange job, and I felt a little monstrous as I cut the stories down drastically to fit the required word count: “Hm, best friend in a coma? Sorry, no...READ MORE