So my parents are finally at the point that I feel like we could actually have a productive conversation about my conversion to Catholicism. Which has been many years coming. And at this point, I’m comfortable that I made the right decision not telling them - they weren’t ready to hear it and it would have caused a lot of trouble. So they think I’m still an atheist because I stopped talking to them about religion for several years and that what the state things where in when I made that decision.
The difficulty for me is, while I want to broach the subject, I’m not sure my parents ever got why I stopped talking to them about religion for several years. They always put it off as being “mad at God” or something and that I was completely closed off and such. Truth is, there wasn’t any point in discussing the subject until we’d made some significant progress in how my mother spoke to me - there wasn’t any point telling my parents things until we’d gotten to the point where they would let me have actual reasons for my decisions. I know I said something to that effect but I don’t think it ever got through.
I think that conversation, about why I didn’t talk about religion, needs to be had first. But I’m not sure how to bring it up or how to explain it, especially in a way that doesn’t cause more hurt than necessary.