So I was at the gym with my friend this morning and had an interesting conversation. My friend was raised Catholic, went to Catholic schools all the way through high school, but is now Pentecostal. Her husband is also a former Catholic but is now Lutheran. My friend seems to have very little understanding of true Catholicism and espouses the typical Protestant beliefs, such as “Catholics are into idolatry,” “all we need is the Bible,” “just me and Jesus”, etc. As I probed a little further, she told me that the bottom line for her in leaving was how guilty she was made to feel when she would go to confession when she was young, and how she felt like she never really fit in at her all-girls high school.
After a few minutes of this conversation an older lady joined us in our conversation. Turns out she is also a former Catholic, now Baptist. She agreed wholeheartedly with my friend’s assessment of being made to feel guilty as a child in the Church.
My son’s assistant soccer coach says he left the church 25 years ago for basically the same reason. He’s now an ELCA Lutheran.
Questions I’m pondering right now:
*]What’s up with all these guilt trips?
*]Is this something that was common in the past but now not so much?
*]Do you think that this is the main reason adults who were cradle Catholics leave the church? [/LIST]
Just some honest questions I’m asking on my journey home.