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After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.
I'd like to suggest (yeah I'm being intrusive, sorry) that you cut the umbilical and stop looking into your past for identity, i.e. choose an avatar that reflects your new identity independent of Catholicism. You're a skeptic, you're Gay, I'm sure you have lots of real world strengths and secular fantasy upon which to draw.