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I Am a Recovering Catholic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 162 People

    Haven't been to Church

    since we graduated Catholic High School.
    JamesandJohn JamesandJohn 22-25, M May 7

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    Questioning

    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 41-45 4 Responses Nov 5, 2011

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    Www.youarenotgoingtohell.com

    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 36-40 2 Responses Jun 5, 2010

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    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 18-21 1 Response Aug 9, 2013

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    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 3 Responses Feb 16, 2010

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    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 61-65 2 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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    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 18-21 2 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    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 2 Responses Oct 10

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    How Do You Get A Nun Pregnant

    DRESS HER UP LIKE A CHOIR BOY!
    TEMPOLTON TEMPOLTON 41-45, M May 20, 2012

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    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 66-70 Dec 11, 2012

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    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 21-25, F 19 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    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 46-50 22 Responses Jan 12, 2009

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    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 26-30 7 Responses Mar 25, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    But Do You Ever Miss It?

    My Father died when I was very young so my sisters and i spent a lot of time with my Grandparents so that my Mom could work. My Grandparents immigrated from Poland to the US during WW2. Of course they were Catholics but could there be anything more intense then growing up in...
    Snwdngo Snwdngo 27, F 3 Responses Apr 5, 2010

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    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 1 Response Mar 24

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    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 26-30 3 Responses Aug 27, 2008

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    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 61-65 1 Response Jan 12, 2009

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    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 2 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    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 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 11

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    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

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    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 26-30 6 Responses Jun 12, 2011

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    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 2 Responses Sep 22, 2007

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    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

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    Regretfully I Leave

    After many years of trying to make my membership in the Catholic church work, years of "choosing to stay and fight," I've made the decision to leave and to continue my communal experience of Christianity at a Lutheran church.     This Palm Sunday my son and I will be...
    Pasttensecatholic Pasttensecatholic 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2010

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    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 56-60, M 3 Responses Apr 13

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    Overdrive18 Overdrive18 18-21, M Oct 16

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    Childhood

    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 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 23, 2013

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    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 8 Responses Mar 13, 2010

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    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

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    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 51-55 1 Response Jun 27, 2013

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    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 36-40 15 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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    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 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 17

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    God Is Dead

    I have written a book titled "Oh My God!" It is a sceptical look at organized religion.  I will email it to you, free.  Just reply to lee@northriver.coop and say, "Send me the book"
    Leesimon Leesimon 70+, M 3 Responses May 15, 2007

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    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

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    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 41-45 5 Responses Nov 3, 2008

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    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 26-30 1 Response May 18, 2011

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    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 46-50 3 Responses Jun 17, 2011

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    Defector

    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 70+ 2 Responses Nov 20, 2010

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    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

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    That Catholics should know. The R. Catholic church says that the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church. Ans: The Bible says the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church...
    yodatheching yodatheching 22-25, F Nov 25

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    Ewtn.com The Journey Home interviews by Marcus Grodi. This night I heard the story of a non Catholic, (non Christian?-I missed the beginning) married man & how at age 55+ he became...
    Stufy Stufy 46-50 1 Response Nov 25

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    I'm currently a Lutheran, but I have always felt drawn to the catholic church. I also feel that the Lutheran church (although great) is not for filling my spiritual needs. I have...
    AStern AStern 18-21, M Nov 22

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    I am a catholic girl and i have a girlfriend. most of the Catholics in my community are against same-sex marriage because marriage is a sacrament to bring children into the church...
    mourgen mourgen 13-15, F 15 hrs ago

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    I haven't self harmed for 3 years and I'm still recovering from my past..
    Brookedrumm Brookedrumm 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    The Gift He hands me a package wrapped in silver paper with a hot pink bow on top. The box is square and thin, with a little weight to it. He says nothing as he hands it to me and...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 30

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    Stopped feeling soowihsydal. Before halloween. Still losing hope. But sad then mad then numb. Serenity gone. Health fading. License jeopardized. But mad not...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 1