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Comment 46 by Marcus Small

Oh please.


I don't feel like a Catholic anymore. I hadn't really thought about it much before, but after all the sexual abuse and cover ups I really started to examine my beliefs. I found that I don't actually believe most of what is taught by the church. I still feel a connection with a community of believers, and I guess I always will. But I'm not going to lend support to something I don't believe in. I mean, I still believe in God, but that's not the same as calling myself a Catholic -is it?

I'm not going to support Catholicism. I just don't know what it would mean to say that I'm a Catholic despite not believing any differently than non-Catholics. Furthermore, it seems odd now when I meet people who think I'm being silly, like I should still consider calling myself a Catholic because Catholics believe lots of different things, and I shouldn't let someone tell me what I really am. Well, what are they trying to do?

As a Catholic I was supposed to believe in all sorts of things, but I don't. Even the liberal Catholics believe more than I do. I just don't believe it, and while I might have never considered abandoning the label before, in light of the abuse I feel I must jettison Catholic and what it has come to represent.


It all seems so ordinary to me I don't understand the confusion. These people exist and hopefully in large numbers, and some of them may not start to think this way until it's brought up. Who knows.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:16:00 UTC | #946877