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    DISCLAIMER: This post is a reflective writing journal about leaving the Catholic Church. If you think you may not agree with my views, I would appreciate if you maintain respectful conversation or refrain from

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    DISCLAIMER: This post is a reflective writing journal about leaving the Catholic Church. If you think you may not agree with my views, I would appreciate if you maintain respectful conversation or refrain from reading this altogether.   My voice used...

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    • Hi Adelle! While reading your article, I found your opinions to be very interesting and compelling. I was raised Catholic and have gone to Catholic school since I was five, so I have felt many of the feelings and experiences that you’ve gone through in your life. Although my faith is strong right now, there have definitely been times where I’ve questioned multiple things about the Catholic Church. I think it’s very brave of you to stand up for yourself and your own beliefs, rather than taking the back seat and letting your family or community choose for you. Pope Francis commented on why Catholics should doubt their faith at times, and search for answers, check it out!

    • Hi Adelle,

      This is a really interesting post and something that I haven’t seen a whole lot of on youthvoices. I have been in the Catholic School system since kindergarten, and I have come across the same dilemmas and uncertainties that you faced. I think what your dad says is right in that you can’t force someone to believe, which is how they should be treating you if they really believe that. In the age of search engines allowing us any information we could possibly want in seconds, it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to remain faithful to any sort of religion that leaves so many questions. It’s difficult to go against your own family but it up to every person to decide for themselves what they believe in and stand by, so good on your for making these choices for yourself.

      Here’s an article that you might find interesting, although biased:


    • Hello Adelle,
      I stumbled across your post and was intrigued by your disclaimer, so I thought I’d give it a read. I feel like I have had a very similar experience to your own. When my brother stopped going to church and praying before meals, I was outraged. How could someone turn away from God like that? But I was only 7 and didn’t understand what my brother was doing. I was raised Catholic and have attended Catholic school for the past 12 years. It wasn’t until high school I realized I didn’t have to believe everything I was fed. I had gone to church at least three times a week because of my school, and we took mandatory theology classes. I felt like I’d been forced into a faith without any idea what it was about. Now that I am older and my parents accept that I don’t believe what they do, I am able to understand other aspects of my life better and not blindly follow, shutting away my questions and disagreements. I am very glad you found your voice, but I hope you never stop trying to make it louder. Here is an article on being agnostic you may find interesting.
      Good luck!

    • Adelle,
      Thank you for sharing your post. I found your ideas to be very interesting. I agree with your idea that “I want to be a good person, but I don’t think religion is the only way to become one.” I also believe that one should have to subscribe to the beliefs to a certain religion just so that they get into the afterlife. I think that the idea of questioning your own faith is very important. I found an article online about the statistics of people leaving the catholic church. It states that “Seventy-seven percent of those who were raised Catholic but no longer identify with the religion said they could not envision themselves eventually returning to the church.” You should really check it out:

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    Adelle commented on the post, ISO Giovanni

    Wow, the imagery in this piece is fantastic! I could feel the wind and the warmth in real time with you. I think the cycling of your first phrase into a transitional phrase worked really well and provided a nice rhythm. Good job!

  • Zach,
    I agree with your position that you take in this essay, but I think there are a few ways to improve it. Your largest section of writing has to do with war, and I think there is an imbalance between the evidence and thought given to the war side of religion as opposed to the other detrimental effects of religion. Additionally, I think it was…Read More

  • I completely understood the meaning you had when reading this – it was very well done. It’s so relatable (I also love the spring and summertime), and the imagery is fantastic; I can truly experience the nature with you. Even though I am not personally religious, I still felt an incredible peace at the conclusion of your writing.

  • I love the emotion portrayed by this! Your idea that you exist and you cannot change that you exist is powerful, and I find it to be a good self-love piece. It was also so beautiful to see the way you expand to a large lens – the universe and cosmos – and then go back to an individual on a single street. Very good circular thought.

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