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Some friends that were raised Catholic tell me that they were taught that only Catolics cried salty tears. Is that a local thing or is it something you have heard before? I do not ask this to be facicious but of genuine interest.

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I was raised Catholic and I've never heard of such a thing.
---DoryLory on 2/26/08

yeah, i can see where it came from. It gives a silly impression on the catholic.
I like your twist on it Emcee, nice to meet you. Catholics are not so self-righteous as to say they possess the hearts for bitter tears.
---johnlovesginalyn on 3/14/07

Johnlovesquinalyn ::May be because we are the salt of the earth,& are Tasteful Matt5:13 where as those who do not cry salty tears are insipid.Maybe a little irish Witticism from across the briny.I am Catholic too John Gladto make your acquaintance.
---Emcee on 3/14/07

i have been raised catholic, gone to mass all my life, go to confession once a week.
I am from Ireland where i would guess 95% of believers are catholic and i have never heard 'that only Catolics cried salty tears'.
---johnlovesginalyn on 3/14/07

Helen::Mom alive at 91,God has blessed her & kept her alive for a reason,No doubt Her prayers are not going unanswered.I guess you love your mom.Do you have a good relationship,with her.encourage her to talk & listen & delve into her Mind she may have something to tell you besides the love she has for HER Child .Mothers, love intensely but fail sometimes to explain for fear of Hurting the thing they Love The most.You need to do that First.But keep in touch Cliff8967will get me.I would still love to hear.
---Emcee on 3/13/07

Emcee - Yes, mom is still alive. She is now 91 years old, and has been RCC all her life. She believes she was born an RC.
---Helen_5378 on 3/13/07

Helen said: "The strictness of an RC comes from how far one delves into the teachings of the RCC."

Not necessarily Helen. I've studied a lot of the RCC teachings and I'm nost strict. At times we find fanatics even in the RCC and you may have been a victim of these people.

My family has always been devout Catholic but we have never been freightened with hell for silly things.
---Caring on 3/12/07

Helen ::My heart goes out to you dear because of the lack of explaination by your Mom to you I see it caused you to rebell & do just the opposite I cannot unravel the ball of Knotted twine .But I can answer any question Truthfully with the same atom of love which a parent administers .want to try if you do let me know .I do care .
---Emcee on 3/12/07

Helen :: Is your Mom still alive?talk to me girl ok?
---Emcee on 3/12/07

NVBarbara - I don't want to appear "picky", but the "deep into Catholicism" I was talking about is not about attending mass every day, but deep into the teachings of the RCC.
---Helen_5378 on 3/12/07

Emcee - The strictness I experienced was "do it or else" without any explanation of why. For example, go to mass or you will go to Hell. My mother's whole life is still revolved around a huge bunch of RCC rules. Example, being very tight with money, which comes from the vows of poverty nuns take in the RCC.
---Helen_5378 on 3/12/07

Helen ::It is a custom of all christians in the Burial service to Pray for the dead.It is advocated even up to the Grave site,The human body is a temple of the Holy spirit &should be treated with Respect besides the fact that the deceaseed is some one closely revered by those among the living.we dont cast them off like a wornout shoe or a sock.
---Emcee on 3/11/07

Helen, I was brought up in a strict Catholic home and was educated in RC schools for 9 years. We were in church MANY times a week because my Mom was the church organist. I went to Mass everyday that I was in school. I think this qualifies as 'deep into catholicism.' I stayed in the RCC until I was about 30. STILL never heard this bunk, look at the Catacism online, see if you find mention of this.
---NVBarbara on 3/11/07

BTW, 'sitting up with the dead' is an old custom of MANY people, not done much anymore. The body would be laid out at home and never left alone until the funeral. I personally never experienced this. I heard Mountain people did this a long time ago based on some superstitions.
---NVBarbara on 3/11/07

Helen::"yes my up bringing was very STRICT".what does that mean,your mom who was a devout lady but your dad was I correct?Please explain strictness,if you don't mind.which part of Strictness did NOT appeal to you,& why?.Thanks I do want to be your friend.
---Emcee on 3/11/07

Helen::Your posts on the strictness of the members of your Family seems, have influenced your Life.As Catholics EACH YEAR, being incomplete,we are reminded to,pause reflect & IMPROVE in thought word & deed.This the Catholic Church does as Jesus said.But all who strive to reach the peak of perfection.because nothing defiled enters Heaven.To stay in His Grace He has given us Specifics to avail of. Those who DO should not be criticised; its ridicule immature like a childs thought are you Religious.
---Emcee on 3/11/07

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i've been a catholic all my life i have not heard such, nor have i been taught such in my church.
---makgomo on 3/11/07

NVBarbara - It is very possible that you have not heard of these things because you were not deeply into catholicism. All my family are very deep into it, and I know what they teach at the church where I used to go. There have been several priests there too and they still teach the same thing. As with Christianity, there are lukewarm RCs too.
---Helen_5378 on 3/11/07

NVBarbara - I do know for a fact that when my precious RC Uncle died 3 years ago, my extremely strict RC cousin stayed with his body all night before his funeral the next day. She did not sleep because she prayed all night for his soul! She is deeply into RC catholicism. She has been to the Vatican and kissed the pope's ring and always has RC priests, nuns and christian brothers for company.
---Helen_5378 on 3/11/07

2/... The same as my mother, my cousin talks lots and lots about nuns and priests and things of the RCC. She even went as far as marrying an ex christian brother. My dad was not as strict as that. The strictness of an RC comes from how far one delves into the teachings of the RCC.
---Helen_5378 on 3/11/07

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The RCC has over 1700 rules, regulations, laws, and traditions. No where does it mention "not to cry." Only a small number of Catholics know all 1700 of them - and most of them (the rules, regulations, laws, and traditions) are not Biblical.
---Steveng on 3/10/07

Excuse me Helen, but its no doubt that this kind of 'teaching' came from parents, NOT the RCC. If so, why has no one ever heard of this but you? Rediculous!
---NVBarbara on 3/10/07

Helen ::The God we worship is a God of Love & Compassion with emotions Even Jesus cried JN;11:35. It was at Lazarus death whom he resurrected.The Rcc does not advocate what you were taught & this has made you hearted & unrelenting.
---Emcee on 3/10/07

Emcee - ("You sure had a strange upbringing") -- Yes Emcee I did have a strange upbringing, and it was very strict RCC!
---Helen_5378 on 3/10/07

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NVBarbara - Excuse me but what I said was the truth. I was told off if I cried as a child. And I was told not to cry at a funeral. That is still taught today where I went to church. I was brought up a very strict RCC. Some RCs are more religious than others.
---Helen_5378 on 3/10/07

Helen::At the rate you are going you will be one lonely LadyPity.
---Emcee on 3/9/07

Amen Emcee! Both my parents' funerals were in a Catholic church--you think I didn't cry? Give me a break, you surely do have some odd ideas about the RCC Helen!
---NVBarbara on 3/9/07

Silly! I was educated in RC schools and remained a Catholic until I was about 30, never heard such silly business as that!
---NVBarbara on 3/9/07

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I don't believe that RCs are taught that at all
---alan_of_UK on 3/9/07

Helen:: Your Bottle, must be homeopathic pill Half size .Dont cry at Funerals you sure had a strange upbringing & taking it out on the rest of the world.
---Emcee on 3/9/07

In response to the Blog question, it seems very strange that RCs think they are the only ones with salty tears for a couple of reasons. All human beings have salty tears. It is also contradictory given that RCs are told not to cry at funerals. I know I was not encouraged to cry at all as a child. Psalm 56:8 says "You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;..".
---Helen_5378 on 3/9/07

Any honest question is a good one. Someone was pulling your leg, or was taught something funny by their parents. This idea is entirely separate from any teaching in the Catholic Church and I have never heard of it before. I have lived in many places so I am guessing that it is either a local thing or a hoax created for your benefit - but is definitely isn't Catholic.
---lorra8574 on 3/8/07

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From a medical standpoint, all tears are salty. Maybe it was just a phrase, but I don't have a clue what it means. I was always told that Catholics didn't cry at funerals, but that isn't true either.
---Jadyn on 3/8/07

The Roman church has also said they have seen "visions" of Mary crying blood.
Who do you believe? Its all nonsense
---Kathay on 7/21/05

my reply is....they havent tested everyone's tears so why would they say that, or at least they havent tested always listen to his Holy Spirit he was sent back for our comfort and guide. along with his word.
---Jan4876 on 7/21/05

That should be very local! My parents died Catholics, we were raised Catholics, but I never heard such in church nor from my parents. But of course we know that all tears, and even sweat, are salty!
---Bebet3754 on 7/20/05

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The question is not "Do only Catholics cry salty tears?" Of course I do not think that for a moment.
Rather, I wanted to know if it is a common for Catholic children to be taught this.
Apparently not.
---Bruce5656 on 7/20/05

Is a false statement. We all cry the same tears no matter what our beliefs.
---Marla on 7/20/05

That's silly, everyone's tears are salty.
Was Orville Redenbacher a Catholic?

My tears were salty when I was RC, they still are some 30 years later.
It sounds like someone is pulling your leg.
---NVBarbara on 7/20/05

I thought someone mentioned this very recently here on C.N. but I cannot remember which question it was related to. If it wasn't here I've certainly read the same claim somewhere in the last week or so. It's obviously not true though, whoever it was that said it.
---Xanthi on 7/20/05

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I'm not catholic and my tears are salty. I have never heard that comment before and I doubt many of us have. I wonder on what basis that was taught.
---Frona7335 on 7/20/05

Bruce maybe they have "someone" else to worship. That would be the "Saint" who tasted everyones tears to come up with that idea.
Maybe he came up with salted popcorn or better still salted NUTs!
Think I'll go cry me a cup of coffee, I ain't had no salt today.
---Elder on 7/20/05

Everyone's tears are salty.
---Christy on 7/20/05

It appears like a local custom. I have heard it before.
---micha6565 on 7/20/05

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