Top Ten Reasons I Am No Longer A Catholic

I will not be including the Spanish Inquisition in this list because nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

  1. I don’t want to be associated with any social institution which effectively served as a front for an international child sex ring which both supplied the victims and sheltered the abusers in a deliberate, systematic manner. 
  2. The only activity in which I want to be constantly shifting between sitting, standing, kneeling and saying “Oh, God!” is NOT appropriate for a church.  
  3. I like to sleep in on Sunday and eat meat on Friday. 
  4. The Church condemned Galileo for treason but remained passive towards Hitler and the Holocaust. 
  5. What’s with all the candles?!!
  6. I have evolved sufficiently enough to act morally and responsibly towards my fellow man without needing to be threatened by an eternity in Hell.
  7. The Church’s stand against contraception in the face of world overpopulation and the AIDS epidemic ravaging Africa is not merely archaic; it is recklessly criminal and deadly.
  8. If I had to go to Confession now, I would need to take a leave of absence from work and there would need to be a team of priests rotating in and out of the confessional on a daily basis for weeks to adequately judge all my sins and blasphemous thoughts.
  9. Unless you’re Hannibal Lecter, that whole body and blood of Christ thing is just gross!
  10. I don’t want to go to church and be surrounded by so many sinners in one place at one time. 

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Comment by Our Daily Train blog on March 23, 2013 at 3:19pm

I think all you needed was the first one.

Comment by Pat on March 23, 2013 at 7:57am

I kind of like candles. Especially if I'm in a situation where I'm standing, kneeling, sitting and yelling "Oh God!" As to the rest of the list, I agree. I would add one more thing. I really don't want to belong to an organization that is run by a group of old men who've made a career out of not having sex (with adults, anyway), and show up for work everyday in a dress, with more bling than a recording artist for Death Row Records.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 22, 2013 at 10:38pm

On #2: some of the sexual prohibitions in the bible specifically relate to neighboring religions, where having sex with the priest or priestess representing the god was thought to be a way to get closer to the god.

On #5: maybe it's time to rethink candles and flames as symbols of beauty, respect, romance, and other such things.


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