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'Recovering Catholics' reveal spiritual journeys
According to a 2008 poll, 31% of Americans were raised Catholic, but only 24% describe themselves as Catholic.
June 19th, 2012
09:36 AM ET

'Recovering Catholics' reveal spiritual journeys

By Jim Spellman, CNN

Denver (CNN) - Kristen Kelly was raised Roman Catholic, attended Catholic elementary school and considered herself a good Catholic, but when she was 21-years-old that changed.

“A coworker asked me if I believe in Jesus Christ,” she says.

Despite spending her entire life in the Roman Catholic Church she couldn’t answer the question.

“I never really got exposed to Christ," she says. "It was more about Mary and the Church and a condemnation of everything I was doing wrong.”

She looked at her coworker and saw someone who appeared to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and decided that was what she wanted. She said this prayer:

“Jesus I accept that you are my lord and savior, and I ask you to come into my life.”

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And from that moment Kelly, now 41 and living in Florida, considered herself born-again, and an ex-Catholic.

“I like to call us recovering Catholics,” she says with a laugh.

According to a 2008 study by the Pew Forum on Religious Life and Public Life, 31% of Americans were raised Catholic, but only 24% now describe themselves as Catholic. Read the study (PDF).

That means about 1 in 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a denomination they would be bigger than Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Presbyterians.

The total U.S. Catholic population has remained at about 24%, as immigrants have filled the pews the ex-Catholics have left behind.

Video: Why do some Catholic outsiders remain inside the flock?  

Kathleen Cummings , associate director at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, says that some people leave the Catholic Church after a defining event like the priest abuse scandals or because of a disagreement with the Church over social issues, but most leave because they feel their needs are not being met.

“They are not experiencing something that fulfills them spiritually,” Cummings says.

Church supporters are urging wayward Catholics to return to the fold. For example, Catholics Come Home, a nonprofit lay organization formed in 1997, has been putting out the welcome mat via the media.

The group has an interactive website www.Catholicscomehome.org and airs what it calls “evangomercials” on radio and television. The group says that since 2008 more than 350,000 people have “come home” to the Catholic Church through their campaign.

Tom Peterson, president of Catholics Come Home, says some worshipers who've returned to the Catholic Church report leaving because they had disagreements with church officials or had divorced and feared they wouldn’t be welcome. But, he says, the majority never really gave up on the Church.

“They just drifted away and life got too busy," Peterson says. "Most say they didn’t dislike the Church, nor were they opposed to the Church teachings.

“An overwhelming majority of returnees tell our diocesan partners that they came home to the Catholic Church, 'because you invited me,'" he says.

But it may not be so simple to lure back ex-Catholics like Matt Rowe, a 35-year-old married father of two living in Denver. Rowe attended 16 years of Catholic School in Illinois and attended a Catholic university.

But by the end of college, Rowe was adrift. He found himself disagreeing with the Church on everything from the role of women to the concept of original sin and what he saw as the Catholic Church’s dependence on guilt as a motivating factor.

Rowe gave up on religion for most of his 20s but never stopped believing in God. When he got married and had kids, he started feeling a void in his life.

“I wanted my kids to grow up in a religion, but not Catholicism,” he says.

After “church-hopping” for a few years, Rowe ended up at Pathways Wash Park, a multidenominational Christian church in Denver.

After years of feeling disconnected in the Catholic Church where he says sermons rarely connected to his life, he has finally found the connection he has been looking for at Pathways.

“I wanted spirituality. I wanted God. I wanted all those points to go back to what I’m dealing with today,” Rowe says.

Fred Viarrial, 59, grew up as an altar boy at St. Leo’s in Denver. Six days a week he donned his cassock and worked the 6 a.m. Mass.

“Books or bells. You are ringing the bells or moving the books for the priests,” Viarrial says.

But as he grew up he began questioning elements of Catholicism. One day, when Viarrial was somewhere between age 10 and 12, he had something especially embarrassing to confess, so he trekked over to a Spanish language parish where he was unknown.

“The priest pulled me out and spanked me on the spot,” Viarrial says with a laugh. “That got me to question this whole thing of confession.”

When he was just 14 the precocious teenager went so far as to schedule an appointment with Denver ‘s then-Archbishop James Casey to discuss his doubts.

“I took a two-page list of questions starting with the Hail Mary. I wanted to find them in the Bible, their origin … where is that in the Bible?”

Viarrial says the archbishop humored him but ultimately did not answer his questions.

He still believed in God, but was losing faith in the Church.

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By his 20s he was searching for a new church and ended up at Arvada Covenant Church, an evangelical congregation in a Denver suburb.

At Arvada Covenant he says the focus is on a personal relationship with Jesus and that his questions about his faith and the Bible are not met with derision, but with a search for answers through Bible study.

He has found a home at Arvada Covenant, but says he holds no grudge against the Catholic Church and still feels echoes of his Catholic upbringing in his faith today.

“It’s like a spiritual tattoo that you receive as a kid," Viarrial says. "Those roots don’t ever disappear, you just better try to understand them.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,511 Responses)
  1. JB

    I am the youngest of 7 and we were all brought up Catholic. As we reached our teens, we were told we could decide for ourselves if we wanted to go back to church or not. None of us ever went again. The hypocrisy there was amazing as far as we saw. Eventually our parents stopped going as well. I've decided to become spiritual without joining any organized religion. Religions basically think they are the right religion and the others are wrong. How does that lead to peace and harmony? In the end, why let someone else dictate the rules of God to you? if there is a God, it's within each of us and we should know how to treat other living beings.. And if there isn't, we should still know how to treat other living beings..

    June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Veritas

      "Catholic parents have obligations to keep the Faith.THEY are responsible ithey encourage their kids to fall by the wayside."The sins of the fathers will be visited upon their children.... even.up to the 5th generation."

      June 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Katrina

    I'll start reading your articles on Catholicism when you try publishing at least ONE that's positive toward the Catholic faith.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • We know the truth...

      Tell them something positive about Catholicism and they'll publish it... But there's nothing.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • jimbob22

      CNN, the US government, and US mass media hide probably 95% of the Vatican's crimes against humanity, such as its support for the Croatian Ustashe, and collaboration with the State Department in operating ratlines for escaping ustashi war criminals.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • dolly lanna

      Why don't you list the positives about Catholicism.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • MK

      When we hear of other churches molesting, discriminating, etc., they can be bashed too. Most all religions are ridiculous.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • howesr1

      So "never" works for you?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Veritas

      Katrina – Absolutely right. Catholics are seen as a threat to the "Humanism" and Godlessness prevalent today. Even Lenin said that Catholicism was the greatest threat to Communism [which is why the Russian and Chinese communists tried to wipe us out.]News Flash – We Catholics are here to stay. Yes the weeds will be pulled up but the Church WILL be smaller but stronger.
      And we will STILL love those who hate us. As Jesus said from the Cross: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do"

      Abusing priests, willingly doing the work of Satan, and their protectors – are being weeded out too.

      The gates of hell will not prevail against the Church founded by Jesus Christ/

      June 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • kelseytish13

      that's rude... don't demonize an entire religion

      June 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  3. rpbakeriii2001@yahoo.com

    I am curious as to the timing of this article and that it refers only to Catholics. Seems like just another attack from the left since the Catholic Church is publicly disagreeing with some of the current administrations policies. What are the statistics of being raised Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Jewish, Mormon, Presbyterian versus currently practicing members?

    June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Veritas

      What an excellent post. Thank you and may God Bless you; keep you and grant you peace.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • GAW

      fyi It's best not to include your email address in the name field. Now you've just increased the likelihood of being spammed.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Geraldo

    once again, an anti-Catholic article from CNN, the network that despises Catholicism. The Catholic Church as thousands of "edicts" and a few are unpopular (contraception and gay marriage related). But CNN will focus on the few, like Obama focuses on the 20% of companies that Bain Capital/Romney couldnt save, versus the 80% he did save. Hope and Change has become Divide and Blame.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sorry but Catholics are not true Christians.

      Amen

      June 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • mr cousens

      @heaven sent. I'm Catholic and believe in Christ's and his body and resurection and the promise of life everlasting. To say that Catholics are not true Christians is a false statement and you have been greatly mislead.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      mr cousens you are not a true Christian. You might think you are, but you are not.

      Amen.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Veritas

      HeavenSent – Since the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ, Christ – ians being named after Christ – of COURSE Catholics are Christian! Come on now, you're clutching at straws.................but I love you anyway. God Bless.

      June 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  5. ms jackson

    More atheists have read the bible than Catholics. That's why they have no idea what the real Word is. They're essentially philosophical slaves. The enslavement of understanding is the primary tool Catholic clergy uses to hypnotize the faithful into not realizing how much evil attends their good. The same despotic behavior has led to chronic pedophilia and graft..WWJD? Disband the Catholic Church and demand the pope take his trinkets out of God's temple.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • mr cousens

      Seems as if you feel there are more scholarly atheists than there are scholarly Catholics- facts may contradict you. Your anti religious views and accusations do fit the mold of Satan and his discontent with God. The Church is built on the rock which was St. Peter and I am certain you small band of atheists will not prevail in disbanding it.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      mr cousens you church leadership is destroying your non-Christian church.

      Amen.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Daniela

    This is just so sad but I'm a 41 year old woman (married with kids) who cannot get her mother off of her back about being Catholic. I'm ready to go out of my mind!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • NickZadick

      is she a rational atheists or another brand of nûtcase?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Daniela

      She forced my husband and I into a Catholic marriage blessing after we eloped (first marriage at 37 and 40) and just now on the phone going on and on about how she wants to spend her 50th wedding anniversary at the Catholic Church as it is the reason she has lived so long. I questioned her that many people die who have great faith but she said it is the Catholic faith that has kept her around.

      I can't take much more of this...

      June 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Daniela

      I'm adopted...she is normal but obsessed with the Catholic faith. You can't argue it with her...it is exhausting and controlling. My parents are old school (beatings over being mentally ill)...sucks

      June 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  7. Smeagel4T

    The majority of Americans who call themselves "Catholic" don't really feel bound by the Vatican. Some do, certainly. But the overwhelming majority don't. Like every other religion, the people who claim to practice it actually pick and choose what parts of the religion they like, and they ignore those parts they don't like.

    I've been amused by visiting churches where the preacher (and/or priest) does a long sermon on "love thy neighbor". Then you go out to the parking lot and people are honking their horns at each other in their rush to leave. I'm NOT making that up. It's from first hand experience.

    Religions and their participants are entertaining. As the saying goes, "God was created in man's image." And man has spent millenia recreating God over and over again to fit man's current whims about what God should be.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  8. NickZadick

    Do any of you religinuts realize how retarded you sound worshiping ancient fairy tales? To me you sound more îdiotic than an adult claiming to believe in Santa Claus! grow up!! there is no disney land in the sky!

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • ms jackson

      lose the hysteria and juvenile verbiage / as it is, you nearly killed your salient points with the apopleptic post

      June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • NickZadick

      I am talking to people who believe in talking snakes!! They need simple language to understand!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • mr cousens

      It is only odd to you because you choose not to believe. Your argument is like asking someone from the 1800s to believe that one day you could communicate with someone across the world in mere milliseconds. You do it here at present and believe it, but I doubt you could explain the science that makes the internet a reality. You believe it because you see and use it, on the same token regarding faith, people believe in God because at some point in their lives they too experience Him in some manner that is to you an invisible non occurrence.
      Personally, I would like to counter your argument with this point: I believe the world would be a better place if they believed rather than if they didn't. Mercy and almsgiving is a far better approach than coldness and accusations that the modern day atheist movement seems to have in abundance.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • NickZadick

      I do not consider myself to be a part of an atheist movement...I am not an atheist, I am a non-theist, I have never beleived that humans were ever in contact with a sentient god. and your example sûcks... not beign aware of future technologies is not the same as beleiving in a vengefull fictional creator because it is written in a 2000 year old book!

      June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  9. dbrock010

    CNN's War on Religion. People go to church to give, not to get. Next time you attend a wedding, ask yourself, "did I get anything out of this?" The whole article is based on the premise that people are leaving because it just doesn't meet their needs. What a strange twist???

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • George

      I am tired of this Catholic bashing in the secular media. The article leaves a lot to be desired and is a classic case of slanted journalism. What about the thousands of evangelicals including hundreds of Pastors who have left their churches and joined the Catholic Church? Did they cease to be born again? The answer is a big NO. Like with other churches, people have left the Catholic Church for various reasons. Unfortunately, the majority who leave the Catholic Church are not committed Christians in the first place and did not really understand what they were walking away from.

      Whether you agree or not, the Catholic Church is the church Jesus Christ founded and said things like, “I have built my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Christians were first called Catholic in the first century and the basic teachings of the church have not changed since then. If you want to know more about the Catholic Church, find out from the church itself not from your its bashers or haters. If you know nothing about the Catholic Church, this article or the CNN website is not the best place to look. I recommend the following:

      1. "Born Fundamentalist and Born Again Catholic" by David Currie.
      2. "Rome Sweet Home" by Dr. Scott Hahn
      3. "Crossing the Tiber" by Steven K. Ray
      4. "Surprised by Truth" by Patrick Madrid.
      5. "95 Bible passages that confound Protestants" by Dave Armstrong.
      6. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The attack on Romanism by "Bible Christians" by Karl Keating.
      7. “Where is that in the Bible?” by Patrick Madrid.

      If you are genuinely seeking the truth, these resources will help and hopeful you will cease being a scoffer and join the church militant (the body of Christ on earth which is engaged in constant battle – see Ephesians 6:10-18). Hopefully one day you will happily join the church triumphant, the body of Christ (church) in heaven.
      The Bible says “They shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free.” Let the truth set you free.

      Best regards,
      George.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Horus

      @George – seeking truth? LOL....all religious references. You stop seeking objective truth when you base thoughts within religious parameters....

      June 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Hey genius, you do know that the religion blog is in the opinion section of CNN right?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Magdalena Maria

      If a religion doesnt support you and deny your right to question, then that religion is out of touch. Thats why the West is collapsing, because its religions are hollow shells and fronts for raising money. The preachers and ministers all seem to "get" an awful lot of our money we cant afford to give. Check out the wardrobes on these television hucksters! For shame. Wake up honey!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Veritas

      dbrock and George – Fantastic comments both of you. Peace be with you.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  10. SPDave

    CNN please stop being critical of the Church. I understand the political position CNN is taking, trying to support Universal Health Care and President Obama, however these editorials on the Church do not help the country.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Horus

      So stop reporting facts because they aren't in your favor?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Geraldo

      kudos to you!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • ms jackson

      Anything that prevents the next generation from attempting despotism on their fellow Americans is good for America. Other than lockstep proselytizing and generalized complaints of victimhood, there hasn't been a viable argument in your favor in these posts.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      You would think Catholics would be in favor of Universal Heatlh Care. After all, Jesus went around healing the sick and asked nothing in return.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • NickZadick

      Realllly??? ever heard of science... stop beign so gullible!! fairy tales have no place on earth since millenia!! rêtarded foôl!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • dolly lanna

      How do you equate Catholicism with helping or hurting the country? Catholicism is a large business. The pope is totally out of touch with the modern way of life. Without contraception the earth could not survive. As it is we are so over populated we have major problems. Environmental, Economical, and Spiritual. There is not enough food to sustain the growth. There are not enough jobs to support the workers, there are too many people and having several children is selfish, irresponsible and sick. Religion encourages hate of those who are different from them and that is not a healthy way to live. Religion is a sick way to navigate and control your life.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Veritas

      NickZadik –
      Scientist :- "Belief in gravity and dark matter is NOT faith. We can't see it but we can still see its effects; measure it repeatedly; understand the results of the way it works even if we DON'T understand its underlying mechanisms"

      Interviewer:- "But presumably, you have faith in this belief?"

      Scientist:- "Absolutely"

      We believe in God. We see the effects of His creation. We can measure the effects of the Seasons; of unexplained healing; the miracle of birth; the exact distance from the sun to give the right amount of heat and light to promote growth and health.
      We can't understand the underlying mechanisms of the way God works, but [as with gravity and dark matter ] we CAN see his effects.

      Don't compare science with Faith – God gave us BOTH.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  11. jimbob22

    Avro Manhattan's 'Vatican's Holocaust'. All true. Tip of the iceberg.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  12. SandyStorm

    Funny.....I'm a former southern baptist who gave up that "religion" in favor of Catholicism. I was tired of my southern baptist preacher teaching fear, condemnation and a vengful God. The catholic churchs I've attended have preached the exact opposite: kindness, a deeper understanding of Christ's church and a God that loves and forgives me for my sins. Yes, the Church does have it's problem. What big organization doesn't. I keep my faith strong based on my belief and understanding that Jesus commanded Peter and Paul to go forth and found His church. Anything mankind muddles and fuddles with eventually becomes jaded, but my faith in God, Jesus and the Catholic Church will never falter.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Delusions 3:15

      Trouble is, the gospel writer, (singular), placed those words in Jesus' mouth, (a literary device), and you took it literally. The other gospel writers didn't, cuz they knew the Apostles would have said "a what ?", cuz there was no such thing at the time as a "'church".

      June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I too was a Baptist who converted. The only thing the Church has done is invite me to a feast and to get to know the host. I love the Church.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Murray

      Please pass whatever your smoking. I need a good narcotic high to help forget about the catholic pedophiles you now support.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Since you can't forget that, can you please post for us the ratio of pedophile priest to non? I would also appreciate a comparison figure from other religions and the public school sector. I'll wait.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Jen

      Bill can you give a comparison of the number of schools that have allowed their teachers to continue teaching after finding out they r-ped children to the number of priests that were allowed to continue preaching by the Church? I'll wait......

      June 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  13. dick

    I walked out of Mass when I was 18 and never looked back. I'm 67 now never regretted that decision.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Mark

      You will.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • ms jackson

      Perhaps you know the truth about the permanence of dying so don't want to associate yourself with a symbol of Mass murder.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • sam

      That's right, Mark! Veiled threats of retribution in the afterlife will really turn people around.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Uh oh, big man Mark making proxy threats based off a flawed theology.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • jeff

      Same with me, but I didn't realize how ridiculous the church was until I was 30

      June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      How sad for people to miss out on the sacraments

      June 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  14. dolly lanna

    Ex-catholic here. The more I hear what religious leaders, members say and feel , the more I am convinced that there is only yourself to hold on to. The religious sound just crazy. We are responsible for our selves, with no blame or kudos going to a ficticious God. It is astounding and sad that so many have to go outside their selves to have a crutch with which to navigate life. They need a jesus to have strength and direction. Pathetic. Religion causes wars, pain, guilt, and stifles self responsibility. Hopefully more and more people will be evolved enough to get a grip and take personal responsibility for their thoughts and actions. It is possible to be a kind, giving, honest person without the cloak of religion to guide you.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  15. Ann

    I was born in a household with 2 religions (jewish father and catholic mother). I was raised catholic and consider myself catholic but I think the church needs to be more progressive as times change. Catholic views are often contradictory despite the fact that they preach acceptance (their stance on gay marriage is example #1). The attractive thing about the Jewish (and many other) religions is real acceptance for who people are and how they want to live their life. Religion should be about being a good person and helping others, not the number of "Hail Marys" one says per week.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  16. DDW 1946

    There's not much good that can be said about the Catholic Church. Enough said

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  17. Ricky

    I'm sure some of them are turning into a more backward mentality (born agains), but others are actually evolving and no longer believe in fairy tales.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  18. Another day at the office

    How is the Catholic church responding? By attempting to suppress the voices of their nuns, and their long-standing practice of covering up the facts and hiding the perpetrators of abuse to children.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Daniela

      The best part is that in just about every Church bulletin I've seen...there is a number to call for "abuse" -an abuse hotline in the Church...just so ridiculous. My child will not ever be near a priest...don't trust any of them unfortunately due to how many cases there have been.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      How many have there been? How many have there been in public schools?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Veritas

      Daniels – Don't be stupid all your life!

      Since only 0.7% of ALL abusers are priests, you should keep your child away from sports coaches; teachers; medics; friends and family. THAT'S where 99.3% of molesters are!

      Abusive priests are an abomination. YES. But to ignore the other 99.3% who could be, and probably are, somewhere very close to you is pathetic!

      June 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  19. Gays Are A Disease

    More people are finally seeing the light! They are starting to realize that a bunch of gay men molesting kids and worshiping Mary over Jesus is not true to God's Holy Word! They are becoming righteous in the face of all of the perversion in the world and we righteous Christians welcome them!

    June 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • We know the truth...

      Except that most of those men who molest boys are Christians... Forgot that little detail, didn't you??

      June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • sam

      Look, we know school just got out for the summer, but try and find a more original way of trolling. Did you get banned from 4chan already?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Gays Are A Disease

      We know the truth, You are wrong. These are not Christians.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      No True Scotsman fallacy. Please remind me in what verse Jesus condemned gay people. Oh that's right, you only follow Paul and not Jesus.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Veritas

      GaysAreMoreToBePitied –
      [1] Most molesters are male – 0.7% of molesters are Catholic priests, ergo 99.3% of ALL molesters are not Catholic priests, right?
      [2] In the Catholic Church we HONOUR Mary as the Mother of Jesus who died to save us ALL from sin. We do not and never have WORSHIPPED Mary.
      [3] Perversion is when you encourage 99.3% of child molesters by ignoring them in favour of the 0.7% which makes YOU as bad as the priests you're blaming. Silence on the 99.3% = APPROVAL.

      Sorry – you FAIL on every point.

      June 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  20. kat

    It's bad when you have to confess in a tiny little closet, confessing your sins to a priest, before you can have communion. I would rather confess my sins and asked forgiveness directly to God. Also, Catholics shouldn't have to have a formal annulment just to marry again. Annulments are very expensive, and shouldn't be necessary.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Mark

      Who said you have to confess your sins before you can receive communion?

      June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I received an annulment, it didn't cost me one red cent. The requirement for communion is a clean conscience. The sacrament of reconciliation is simply an opportunity to experience that cleansing.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Veritas

      You go to confession to confess sins and receive absolution [and peace of mind]. You do NOT need to go to confession every time you go to Holy Communion, except if you've committed a serious sin.

      I got an annullment and it was made very clear that you ONLY pay if you CAN. It is a painless process, carried out with great respect and kindness.

      In the words of Judge Ginsberg – "Those who know don't talk – those who TALK don't know....."

      Inmatters pertaining to the one, true Church – please bear this in mind. Peace to all here.

      June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
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