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I Am a Recovering Catholic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 164 People

    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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    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 3 Responses Aug 23, 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 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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    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 22-25 2 Responses Dec 31, 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 16 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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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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    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 7 Responses Jun 12, 2011

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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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    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 3 Responses Mar 24, 2014

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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 no longer believe the Nicene Creed,

    created by the Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E. by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Today I am a Deist who believes in The God of Nature, reason, and science (knowledge), but not in the Supernatural God stated here: "I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    420 Reasons Christianity is False.

    ..www.kyroot.com I recommend this website to anyone who is questioning the Christian Apocalyptic Cult in any of its' numerous denominations.
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F May 19

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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 8 Responses Mar 25, 2009

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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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    The Hammer Song "If I had a hammer,

    I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening all over this land, I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning..., I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land." If I had a bell, I'd ring it in the morning, I'd ring it in the evening, all...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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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 2 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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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 18-21, F 21 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    Check out The Jewish Encyclopedia on line.

    ..Saul of Tarsus (Known as Paul, the Apostle of the Heathen) for an interesting description of Hellenistic Paul, the inventer of Pauline Theology.
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F May 29

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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 23 Responses Jan 12, 2009

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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 5 Responses Nov 5, 2011

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    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 46-50 7 Responses Jan 15, 2010

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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, 2014

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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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    I recommend the New York Times Bestseller "The

    Jesus Family Tomb: The Evidence Behind the Discovery No One Wanted to Find" by Simcha Jacobovici & Charles Pellegrino published in 2007. James Cameron who did Titanic was also involved in the project. The discovery and documentation of the Talpiot tomb shows Jesus' ossuary was...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F Feb 7

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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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    "Do not think that I have come to bring peace

    on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword." See Matthew 10:34 I recommend the book "Zealot The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan It is #1 New York Times Bestseller. The book presents the history surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    "How well we know what a profitable

    superstition this fable of Christ has been for us" Pope Leo X (1513-1521) The Pope's pronouncement is recorded in the diaries and records of both Pietro Cardinal Bembo ( Letters and Comments of Pope Leo X, 1842 reprint) and Paolo Cardinal Glovio (De Vita Leonis Decimi, op cit...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F May 3

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    I was raised in the RCC,

    attended their schools, started questioning their doctrines, was a Bible reading Protestant for decades, and finally left Christianity about ten years ago. I could no longer say the Niacene Creed and believe that Jesus of Nazareth was "true God from true God, cosubstantial one...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2014

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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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    The Book of Numbers, Chapter 23,

    Verse 19, states: "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will not make it good?" The New American Standard Version (1995) I think Pauline theology and The Trinity Doctrine are...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 2 Responses Feb 22

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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 8 Responses Feb 9, 2008

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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 4 Responses Feb 16, 2010

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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, 2014

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    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 7 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    ''CAESARS MESSIAH The Roman Conspiracy to

    Invent Jesus" Joseph Atwill Flavian Signature Edition "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 2 days ago

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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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    Overdrive18 Overdrive18 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2014

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    How Do You Get A Nun Pregnant

    DRESS HER UP LIKE A CHOIR BOY!
    TEMPOLTON TEMPOLTON 41-45, M 1 Response May 20, 2012

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    Today is Washington's Birthday in America.

    He had Deist beliefs like I do. He believed in the God of Nature, reason, and science (knowledge). He believed in Liberalism. He was a product of The Age of Enlightenment. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and others overthrew the tyrannical...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Feb 16

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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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    Religious Tolerance.org states: "Origins of the

    name "Easter." "The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The venerable Bede (672 - 735 C.E.), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book "De Ratione Temporum" that Easter was named after Eostra (aka Eastre). She was the great Mother Goddess...
    Kate95350 Kate95350 61-65, F 1 Response Mar 3

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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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    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, 2014

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    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.
    Fairydust1986 Fairydust1986 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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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 2 Responses