Ask Richard: Family Censors Atheist When Sister Becomes Catholic Schoolteacher

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, At the beginning of last year, my husband and I “came out” to my family as Atheists. Since none of them (besides my mother) are particularly religious and are, in fact, [Read More...]

Support Global Atheist Solidarity Day

Mike Smith is promoting a really positive idea that I hope others will help promote: a Global Atheist Solidarity Day. It’s a day to stand up together as one and provide support for those who struggle to be non-religious in their communities. There are many around the world who have to hid their beliefs because [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Having Romantic Feelings Toward a Catholic Friend

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. From what I’ve read, you typically give advice concerning family and jobs, rather than matters of the heart. I sincerely hope that you can help me resolve this problem. I’m a young female college student, and I consider myself an anti-theist atheist. I’ve [Read More...]

Ask Richard: I Want to Officially Leave the Catholic Church

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I was baptized Catholic when I was a baby, so obviously I had no say in the matter. As a non-believing adult, I want to remove myself from the central [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Friend is Considering Becoming a Priest

Greetings Richard, My name is Sophie Francoeur (an alias) and I felt inspired to write to you because of your quality responses that appear on Mehta’s blog. I am writing concerning a friend who is debating whether to join the priesthood. My friend and I have long decided that we would pursue doctoral studies, which [Read More...]


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