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I am age 78, once a Catholic priest for five years (in the 1960's), then a math teacher for 44 years up to the present day. I became an atheist a few years ago. My hobbies are music and chess.
Thanks Edward, I’m always moved when someone shares personal stories like yours. As a Christian, what struck me most about your video was that your disillusionment with the Catholic Church led to atheism. (Although I understand that it was one reason out of many for you).
Many, many of my friends and acquaintences (Maybe as much as 20% of my church) became disillusioned with the catholic Church for the same reasons you did, (controlling, unwilling to tolerate criticism, doctrine not found in the Bible, etc.) but it compelled them to leave the Catholic Church to join a less regimented, more Gospel centerd church.
In this first video, Jesus himself could have spoken the identical words that you just did!
I became an atheist about 40 years after leaving the Catholic Church.
I see. Now that you say that I think you mentioned that in the intro, or maybe it was your bio on here. Anyway, I look forward to watching the other videos. being a part of this forum has been a great learning experience for me, and I mean that in a sincere way.
Thank you, Blacksheep. If you would like to watch some of my earlier videos in this series, you can go to the line-up of links right under the “FriendlyAtheist” banner, click on “Contributors”, scroll way down until you come to me, and click where it says you can watch my posts.
I will, Thanks. Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!
I left the Catholic Church over 30 years ago and became an Episcopalian. Most of the other former Catholics I knew left religion entirely when they broke with The Church. Its doctrine of “no salvation outside the church” meant that in its eyes a former Catholic who was a morally upright Protestant was just as bad as one who became a thief, a liar, and an adulterer.
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;…” - Romans 10:12
They don’t still teach that non-Catholics are damned, do they?
“Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 16).
It seems like their official stance is that Protestants, Jews, Muslims, etc. who “through no fault of their own” don’t accept the Catholic church aren’t damned after all. But of course this is a rather convenient loophole. It allows them to ignore the repugnance of hell and to sidestep the moral ramifications of condemning most of the world’s population. But the RCC hasn’t gone all the way to universalism. I don’t imagine they ever will.
As always, interesting and informative.
I look forward to Edward’s video each week! I can hardly wait for next week’s video.
Edward, your videos are always intimate without being embarrassing or maudlin, and they’re always honest without being bitter or cynical. This makes them always a privilege and a pleasure to view.
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