I don’t mean to mislead anyone. If you don’t want to read my posts, I understand. Most Catholics don’t. I consider myself a seeker of truth. I’m not going to blindly follow the institutional dogma or the deceptive historical background of Christianity. When Catholicism is wrong or doesn’t make any sense, I’m going to say so.
This does NOT mean I don’t believe in Christ’s message. I was raised a very orthodox Catholic, but - over time - realized that historical and theological foundation of Christianity (and ANY religion) is not only flawed but horribly misleading and prone to misuse by leaders that prey on the gullible to do evil things to maintain power. The sex abuse scandal, is of course, a modern example.
I guess I am more of a Deist that believes in the message of Jesus Christ. Think Thomas Jefferson. I know this seems terrible to you, but I don’t care if Jesus was a real person or not. I believe in his message, and that’s how I am going to live my life. I’m fine if you don’t consider me a Catholic. I’ve spent 40+ years in Catholic schools, with Catholic parents, with orthodox relatives and friends. I’m just at the point where I’m sick of being told to shut up and not ask questions.