I Am a Recovering Catholic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 162 People

    I was molested by a priest

    when I was a child. When I decided to finally face-up to my abuse and re-explore my spirituality, I first searched the web. I wanted to find out about my predator priest, but that proved to be a dead end very quickly. So, I looked into support groups on line. What I found fell...
    usedchild usedchild
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Apr 13, 2014

    Spoon Fed Reject

    i went to catholic schools all my life. i was baptized, have a godmother and i had a bible and rosary. i never fully believed in catholicism, something just didn't sit right with me. i didn't understand something about it. but now that i am older and have studied a little bit...
    pariah pariah
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 22, 2007

    I was born & raised Catholic

    but felt so repressed. No sex before marriage, no contraception, divorce or a myriad of other things. I'm not catholic anymore & I'm glad. I got divorced & was disowned by my family. Was the best thing that ever happened to me.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jul 14, 2015

    I Am a Carnivore!

    Its Ash Wednesday and I'm enjoying a day filled with snacking on meat.
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    6 Responses Feb 25, 2009

    Good Riddance

    I grew up a practicing catholic, did the whole catechism thing and was confirmed, but it was always forced on me. I have never really felt a connection to god. I actually told my mom recently that in church I used to try to figure out how I would get from the back of the church...
    curiousaboutitall curiousaboutitall
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jan 18, 2012


    The lulling lilt of a Latin mass, the swinging incense burners, staring up at the beautiful stained glass windows while lying down on the pew at 4 years old. Probably my mom singing from the choir in the balcony and my patron saint as a prominent statue right up front alongside...
    cnmngrrrl1111 cnmngrrrl1111
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Aug 23, 2013

    Good Girl, Gone Plaid By Amy Gallagher

    At the age of 50, I have written my Catholic girl story the follows the shenanigans of a young Catholic school girl, Riley Patton, who ensures that humor and wit driver her daily desire to do what is "good." Unfortunately, Riley continues to find herself in constant trouble with...
    msplaid msplaid
    1 Response Jun 27, 2013

    Am I Crazy?

    Sometimes I feel like being a Catholic made me crazy.  Or like they somehow put a chip in my brain telling me what I'm supposed to think and I can't quite get rid of it or reprogram it. I went to Catholic school for 13 years of my life, and I was raised in a half Catholic...
    jennieileen jennieileen
    22-25, F
    21 Responses Jun 11, 2007


    I left the Catholic Church to join a more prgressive faith that is involved in the community. They are not afriad to people who are in need and the most vulnerable. Since I left the church I have been looked down on by other Catholics who believe they belong to the first true...
    Ojala64 Ojala64
    2 Responses Nov 20, 2010

    No Longer Brainwashed....

    I am 43yo and went to Catholic school from grades one to eight; my family is very religious and we went to mass every Sunday.  When I was 12 I realized I was gay; I made the mistake of telling my parents about my realization, and where did they take me? To the priest...
    justme65 justme65
    5 Responses Nov 3, 2008


    Past staunch Catholic. Sex-less marriage. Feeling my hang ups from childhood teaching have a lot to do with it. Have also been reading about the Holocaust and can't help Catholic anti-semitism made it inevitable.
    seastars seastars
    4 Responses Nov 5, 2011


    Much of our negative, addictive behavior, and our chronic feelings of guilt and shame are rooted in Biblical and religious shame: there is simply no legitimate reason for this. Please visit this blog I've created, which I believe you will find more than helpful. And PLEASE...
    divinetruth divinetruth
    2 Responses Jun 5, 2010

    Recovering and Liberated!

    As someone who was raised Catholic, has a master's degree from a Catholic university and worked for the church in religious education, I really never thought I would describe myself as a "recovering Catholic"--but here I am--finally liberated from superstition to be...
    leftgirl leftgirl
    22 Responses Jan 12, 2009

    Emile Zola Quote

    "Civilisation will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest" (Emile Zola)
    enigma46 enigma46
    1 Response Jan 12, 2009

    Many Catholics Are Complaining About How They Are Being Misrepresented

    When clearly the ones who act like self righteous, hateful Pharisees who claim to follow the dogma, morals, and practices with constant hell mongering. Then they act so hateful towards the "Cafeteria Catholics" who have a more Christlike attitude, and probably helped more hungry...
    ratburn ratburn
    1 Response Aug 9, 2013

    In The Name Of The Father

    I am a recovering catholic altar boy of the 1950's era. My story ...and some other true stories...is imbedded in a murder mystery novel that takes place in a large catholic Church in 1951. It''s available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK for $3.99. There...
    intnotf intnotf
    Dec 11, 2012

    Actually, I am a fully recovered Catholic!

    The perfect little Catholic girl who could say the entire Mass in Latin and was allowed to set out the daily vestments and who absolutely believed she would be the first altar girl truly believed it all. Until...... So, after that early rude awakening and a reprimand for asking...
    Reklawb Reklawb
    66-70, F
    1 Response Oct 10, 2014

    Humanae Motus Therefore We base Our words on

    the first principles of a human and Christian doctrine of transport when We are obliged once more to declare that the direct acceleration of the relocation process already begun and, above all, all artificial locomotion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely...
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2014

    Been For A Few Years

    I grew up as a Roman Catholic, going through all the motions that people do (baptism, first communion, confirmation). I do not think I was ever truly Catholic being who I was/am. I have always questioned it, even when I was young. Also, I do not have quite too positive a history...
    asert12345678 asert12345678
    31-35, M
    Jan 8, 2013

    How Do You Get A Nun Pregnant

    41-45, M
    May 20, 2012

    Letting Go

    I am 60 years old.  To say I have been to hell and back is an un derstatement.  You see, I was a Catholic child in the 50's.  Imagine the abuse of little children if you can and you will know what I meant by "hell":  six years old, Sister Mary Discipline...
    sotelo sotelo
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Mar 13, 2010

    I Am No Longer A Catholic

    Even though I was raised in a large Catholic family, went to Catholic school for 13 years, and still can't walk into a church without dipping into the holy water.....I no longer consider myself a Catholic. I cannot be part of an organization that does not accept me for who I am...
    gpinsf gpinsf
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jan 30, 2010

    The Catholic Church Has Its Hooks In Me.

    I'm not a lapsed Catholic, I'm a trapped Catholic. I am miserable and anxious when I try to practice Catholicism. I feel like I will fail my children if I bring them up in Catholicism. I have been disenchanted with the Church for something dumb like 9 years. The time I have spent...
    SadSearcher SadSearcher
    31-35, F
    8 Responses Jan 15, 2012

    I Recently Quit. Finally.

    Because I cannot support the Catholic church any more on any level.  From discriminating against gay people, to Pope Benedict in general (the hiding of the pedophiles, telling people in African countries with 50% HIV rates not to use condoms, etc).  But the final...
    sunny395 sunny395
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 7, 2010

    Amen To That

    When I first heard the phrase "recovering Catholic" I cracked up.  After thinking about it for a few minutes on a Spiritual note, I realized how much truth there is to that statement.  It wasn't until 27 years old that I actually discovered Christ and met Him personally.  I...
    PeanutP PeanutP
    1 Response May 18, 2011

    I Woulda Never Believed It

    Hi all, My name is Steve, and I'm a recovering Catholic.  I went looking for the term on the Internet after a recent session with my therapist, where I discovered that soo much of my internal suffering is caused by shame.  Not shame that I've done something wrong...
    beentheredonethat1 beentheredonethat1
    15 Responses Mar 6, 2009

    Coming Home

    I'm trying, I'm really trying, to find my way back. I feel as though I'm stumbling through the darkness, knowing the light switch is so close, but just not being able to find it. It's hard to talk about this, something so personal and private, but I find when I put my thoughts...
    homestarrunner37 homestarrunner37
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2013

    In Repair

    I have had, in my opinion, a really terrible 12 months. I am from a VERY Catholic family - a big family (suprise suprise). I was raised with the very strict teachings of the church and from an early age just went along with it. I guess I always had issues with it - but it is...
    recovery102 recovery102
    6 Responses Jun 12, 2011

    The Abolishon Of The Cathlic Faith And All Religions.

    I believe you did a very wise thing leaving the catholic faith! If you really want to know the truth about the catholicism,Just go and buy a book entitled "In God's Name" by David Yallop. You will not believe the contents of what you read.The Vatican is loaded with homosexuals...
    tartito65 tartito65
    56-60, M
    Feb 21, 2011

    Will I Ever Recover?

    I just googled this to see if there was such a group.  Wow, I am one of 9 children. One died very young. I am now 46. I went to Catholic schools from 4th grade until 12th grade. I was a good little girl and believed in God and tried to be a good person. Catholic camps-we were...
    Natural1964 Natural1964
    2 Responses Jun 17, 2011

    I Can't Take Communion

    My father is a Romain catholic upper class Conservative republican ********.  He is also one of the most generous people I know.  He lives by what he thinks is truth.  He says the rosary 3 times a day. To this day I am reminded women can't be priest because Jesus...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Aug 27, 2008

    Freedom And Believing In God

    When I was still a Catholic (not so good one, but at least obedient, go to church, pray voluntarily, etc.) I used to want to be free, completely free. I wanted to be free from my parents clutches, whom I think are dragging me down, I wanted to be free from people’s expectations...
    RedNameless RedNameless
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 14, 2011

    I'm sitting here on New Year's Eve all by

    myself. My mind acts as if i t doesn't want me to be happy. I ask myself why am I like this now? Okay well lets start with some basic information so you can sort of understand where I am coming from my name is Elizabeth I'm 20 years old I'll be 21 in 6 days! anyways I was...
    simplylove606 simplylove606
    2 Responses Dec 31, 2013

    I'm Not Controlled By An Imaginary God.

    I like that. 'Recovering Catholic". That's so original. I guess that applies to me too except that Catholic school part, thank goodness I didn't have to do that. I did though attend CCD. I haven't believed in any of it the entire time. I was just following the rules of my parent...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique
    6 Responses Jan 15, 2010

    Not Godless

    I have an odd hobby. I'm fascinated watching people react when I respond to their questions about what church I belong to or what religion I'm associated with. When I tell them I'm a recovering Catholic and don't belong to any church or any form of organized religion, most of...
    giftednut giftednut
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jan 15, 2010

    I am an adult who was molested by a priest.

    Can, or even, should I reconcile with the church that I loved and had utter faith in as a child, when that very faith and trust left me vulnerable to a predator within the church. When I have every reason to suspect that the church protected and enabled him even after my...
    usedchild usedchild
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

    Catholic In Name Only For 15 Years

    I was raised by a single parent. My father left long before I was born so my mother moved back with her parents. I have always thought of my mother as being "more catholic than the pope". For years she continued to wear a wedding ring because she "was married in the eyes of god...
    Lizzy1947 Lizzy1947
    2 Responses Aug 23, 2012

    Cathlolic Influence

    I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic grade school 1-8 grade.  It really did affect me in several ways.  There's the good old guilt factor and then putting others needs ahead of mine, that seemed to be a huge message.  I really screwed myself over several...
    dreamhntr dreamhntr
    41-45, F
    7 Responses Feb 9, 2008

    Beef Jerky

    When I realize how much god loves me, because he sent his only son to die a horrible, graphically brutal death, because I like to touch my naughty bits, it makes me real hungry for meat. I find beef jerky makes the perfect good friday snack between my four meat filled meals.
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Apr 22, 2011
    Overdrive18 Overdrive18
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 16, 2014

    Recovery Takes A Lifetime

    I had to take some time to think about what I would post, since I could write a book!  I was raised in a strict Catholic household, went to Catholic schools from K through college, then married a Catholic who had priests, nuns and even two bishops in the family!  My...
    shaktimoonfeather shaktimoonfeather
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Feb 16, 2010

    Feeling the Wounds From Catholicism

    I am a recovering Catholic and am engaged to be married this summer. Preparing for marriage - in a non-religous ceremony - has brought me back to much of the pain, guilt, and grief that my catholic upbringing has layed upon me. My whole family is intensely Catholic and my father...
    deaconsdaughter deaconsdaughter
    7 Responses Mar 25, 2009

    I wrote a short comedy novel about abandoning

    the Church when I was 12 years old, thanks to four wildly ill-behaved brothers.http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Age-Reason-Tom-Stohlgren-ebook/dp/B019NZMC1M
    TomSColorado2 TomSColorado2
    61-65, M
    Jan 11, 2016

    Modesty:From the Catholic catechism .

    ..2521 Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance...From Dictionary.com ...mod-es-ty1. the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.3. simplicity; moderation.Who do you think is free from...
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Dec 31, 2014

    I am currently visiting my sister

    and brother-in-law who are very practicing Catholics. So every Friday we go to the church, stand in line, and pay too much for a bad fish dinner, served on plastic, in a room with all the ambiance of a bowling alley. This is because it is Lent, a season of penitence (and...
    usedchild usedchild
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Apr 17, 2014
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