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One of the most popular living poets in the United States, Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. Collins is the author of nine books of poetry,[…]

One’s faith can survive a split between theology and iconography.

Billy Collins:    Well I’m the kind of recovering Catholic.  I went to Catholic school from the 1st grade right through college – the full metal jacket of Catholic education.  When I got to graduate school, it was the first time I’d been in a classroom with a female since the 8th grade.  So I’m unsure of the effect of that on me.So I have all the imagery of Catholicism.  It’s still very vivid and vibrant. 

And the faith is something else.  It’s very difficult in a way to maintain a connection to a church that is so full of flaws and hierarchically-structured church.  Martin Sheen, I think, summed it up best when he said, “I don’t believe in God, but I believe that Mary was His mother.”  In other words, you can lose contact with the theology, but you can never lose contact with the iconography, the imagery and the stories.