Tomlyn McAllister
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Tomlyn McAllister commented on Darrel Ray's group Recovering from Religion
"I was "confirmed" a long time ago as a good little Catholic boy. I always tried to be kind to others and not hurt anyone...until I began going to confession every Thursday. That is- when as all good little Catholic children do..was…"
Jun 25, 2012
T Rose replied to Tomlyn McAllister's discussion Catholic Confession in the group Recovering from Religion
"I consider it sexual abuse to be told at the age of 13 (when puberty is starting for most) that any sexual thoughts, masturbation, and sexual activities are sins that must be confessed to priests (often men in their 30s-70s). I was 17 in the 80s but…"
Dec 27, 2011
Tomlyn McAllister replied to Tomlyn McAllister's discussion Catholic Confession in the group Recovering from Religion
"Why is it that of all the millions of sounds and smells I've had since my childhood days...I am still unable to just delete those images and sounds of the little black door sliding behind the screen? And why do I still resent the nasty…"
Dec 27, 2011
Pat replied to Tomlyn McAllister's discussion Catholic Confession in the group Recovering from Religion
"I sure do have that memory. In fact, I recall me and my friends at St. Therese (in 2nd grade), just before our first confession, trying to come up with things to tell him. We were trying to figure out what to tell him that sounded 'sinful'…"
Dec 27, 2011
Mary O'Grady replied to Tomlyn McAllister's discussion Catholic Confession in the group Recovering from Religion
"Yes, indeed. I still remember the peculiar sweet smell of the confessional and the sound of the cover of the screen being slid back by the priest. My little friends and I had plenty of sins to confess in that system, however, everything from…"
Dec 27, 2011
Tomlyn McAllister added a discussion to the group Recovering from Religion
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Catholic Confession

My earliest memories from the time I was a newly "confirmed  seven year old Catholic child found me being required to confess all my "sins" each week to an unknown Priest hidden behind a dark screen.To this day, the idea of any seven year old capable of anything approaching "sin" is absurd.  so the obligitory "forgive me father for I have sinned" pronouncement as a preamble was a non-sequitor at best. The real absurdity came when I committed areal "sin" by lying about committing a sin....that…See More
Dec 27, 2011
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Hi, Tom, welcome to the Atheist Nexus.
 
 
 

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