I attended the Catholic Church as a young child by obviously no choice of my own. I learned the prayers and the songs but never really knew what it all meant. It was totally confusing to me.
I went to Catholic school as a very young girl (first and second grade if I remember correctly until my parents’ violent and frightening divorce.) I recall being slapped across the face by a nun for doing something with my mouth that she thought was gum. It wasn’t gum, it was just something weird I was doing with my mouth.
I remember a nun saying my gorgeous and amazing drawing of a birthday party could have no way been drawn by me, put huge red exes through my art, told the entire class that I was a cheater and a fraud and to steer clear of me. I was asked to stand in front of the class, hold my hands out in front of me while she bashed them with a gigantic yardstick. Nice. I was a little girl in first grade. I never attempted to engage in art again. And my drawing was amazing for a first grader, BTW. I may have had a talent.
I am outraged at the Catholic Church and have a hard time believing anyone can still support it. Gay men entered Catholic seminaries so that they had access to young alter boys to molest. This is now documented and it went on for years and years with high level people in the church turning a blind eye. It makes me want to throw up and makes me wonder how anyone can remain a Catholic.
Just TODAY Cardinal George Pell, former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne and CURRENT head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy is facing multiple charges of sexual assault on alter boys and other young men in the church. This is an outrage!