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Catholics here say a good Catholic needn’t agree with everything

Barry Blake is interviewed. People are asked outside Holy Name Cathedral if how perslives is more important than whether he

Barry Blake is interviewed. People are asked outside Holy Name Cathedral if how a person lives is more important than whether he or she is Catholic, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 28, 2011 10:21AM

“I’m a very good Catholic because I follow what’s in my heart, more than I feel what the church has to tell me to do. ... I don’t care if it makes me a good Catholic, it makes me a good human being.”

Barry Blake, 70, Gold Coast, retired bed salesman“The church is a little antiquated and they pick and choose what makes the most money at the time. For instance — the pope, he’s infallible now, but years ago he was never infallible. They married and did all kinds of things, which kind of gets me to believe (the rules) are a little more the hierarchy of the church than God-given.”

Merri Baldermann, 50, downtown Chicago, retired banker“Love God with all your heart and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself — those are the two greatest commandments. If you follow those tenets, you’re doing OK.”

Al Baldermann, 70, downtown Chicago, retired banker“A lot of the teachings of the Catholic Church were written so long ago that they applied to a different culture and situations that no longer exist.”

Kareen Di Giovanni, 51, Bartlett, human resources communications manager“I was brought up to believe it’s all or nothing. ... (These days) I believe you can be a good Christian (without following all of the rules), but maybe not a good Catholic.”

Sue Vitort, 54, lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but originally from Cicero, health care administrator“I am a Catholic, but I’m not a fanatic. There are some things, some rules I don’t agree with in the Church, but that doesn’t change my religion. It makes me a loyal Catholic because I’m not against it. I just have a different point of view.”

Olga Garcia, 44, North side, medical biller

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