[quote="maryjk, post:13, topic:313902"]
Many times it isn't because someone isn't a "good Catholic" or faithful enough or even because they want to do it their way.
Some were told to leave. Or at least told they may as well leave.
Long story, short. My parents left the church after my 1st Communion. Mom was a product of Catholic school, Dad went to CCD, as he put it, forever.
Mom had life saving surgery, but was told by our local priest that recluseeshe didn't get permission to have a hysterectomy, she was in mortal sin and had excommunicated herself from the church. (Nice, huh?)
Yes, I know the priest was wrong. Yes, my mother came back. But it was hard, and she left for a long time.
And she didn't want to do it her way, she just wanted to live long enough to raise her children. She knew her faith as well as anyone. And up until that time she was a good Catholic.
I suggest, instead of grouping everyone together, realize that each person has a story. A reason. And take time to learn that story or reason.
I'm sorry to hear that. However, one cannot judge the Church by one individual. I have a Lutheran friend who is not really that moral minded. I do not judge the lutheran faith based on him. Many Catholics that leave the Church do so because of an experience they had with a priest, parish, or social issue they feel more strongly over than what the Church teaches. I know a female who is a lesbian and once Catholic (her words not mine). She left the Church because of gay marriage. Does living the Church make her views on gay marriage correct? Of coursr not. It simply means she does not have to answer to anyone. Or so she thinks.