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18-09-2012, 09:11 PM
How to break the faith of a cathoic family...
I was raised in a catholic family. We had attended church every Sunday for as long as I remembered. Both my parents were catholic from birth too.

I was sent to a catholic primary and secondary schools. Being a nerdy kid, I never liked the blokeish behaviour of the students at my high school, preferring to spent my lunchtimes in the library or chess club. The teacher to student violence was appalling and made going there an unpleasant experience.

Still actually going to church was a relief and opposite to school: people listening to a message that on the surface seemed to be about social justice and being a good person. I remember thinking and telling people that I wanted to be a priest. In retrospective, I think I thought that the messenger took the message seriously and that what they said was how they actually behaved. Thus, I got the into my head that priests were the best of all people (how seriously wrong that was) and that because I wanted to be a good person, I should become a priest. I just found out that my distant cousin, a fellow student at my catholic high school, has become a catholic priest (FSSP too).

One Sunday, as my family was getting ready to go to church, I told my parents that I was not going. They asked why and I said that I no longer believed in god. They asked why and I said that no one took the message being taught seriously (mostly they went there for the tea/biccie and gossip after mass). And that I did not believe in god.

They were (at the time) reasonable enough to accept this, and off they and my sisters went to church. They came back later and life went on a normal, until the next Sunday, when my sisters refused to go to church announcing in whinging voices that if WM was not going why did they. Again to my parents' credit they responded that I had well good reason not to go. And that they did not. So off they went again. This continued for a few months before all parties got bored of the arguments and they all stopped going.

But in the mean time, I had been packed off to a catholic boarding school, where I really did not fit in (maybe my parents though that would change my mind and were not so reasonable afterall?). Long story short, after a lot of physical and psychological abuse (from teachers and fellow students), I was expelled. After that I finished up high school in the public system and went on to uni (from BA, to Hounours to PhD) and then to work without being bothered by the religiously deluded. Until recently, when I noticed that several of my friends are xtians.

My parents now only attend church at Xmas, 'cause the hymns are "too pretty" to miss. One of my sisters always comments positively and likes my atheist rants on FB, but keeps the "believer" status so she can get her kids into private school (she was always a practical person).
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19-09-2012, 04:15 PM
RE: How to break the faith of a cathoic family...
For me, planting doubt in their mind from a young age(meaning me saying its stupid etc when i was young) and continuing it over years worked for me.

Both my parents were raised Catholics, now My dad has a real problem with organised religion. And my mum has a real problem with the church and has said that when she eventually dies she wants a humanist funeral. The only time i've set foot in a church in years was for funerals.

So thats one in the win column in my opinion Big Grin
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19-09-2012, 04:39 PM
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In some places, the Ca school system is better than the public one. So that is a good reason to stay, nominally in good graces.

Why do you think you need to "break their faith" ? Sounds like it already happened.

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19-09-2012, 04:51 PM (This post was last modified: 19-09-2012 04:56 PM by Atothetheist.)
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(19-09-2012 04:39 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  In some places, the Ca school system is better than the public one. So that is a good reason to stay, nominally in good graces.

Why do you think you need to "break their faith" ? Sounds like it already happened.

Yup, I can attest to the school system. While I was unwillingly signed up for a Catholic private school, their education in SOME fields are superior to the shit the public school in my area dishes out.

Plus the girls are way more whorishTongueThumbsup

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The first round of voting, I was the only one standing on my side, and then more people joined through my arguments with the Sister that was teaching, and then the Majority stood on my side.

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