reply to post by Dreamkidd
I was raised in the Catholic faith. Went to (or should I say forced) to go to a private Catholic school. Had to attend mass everyday before school.
Later went on to become an alter boy for the next 4 years. Sometimes I attended mass 7 days a week because I would have to serve for funerals,
weddings and Sunday mass.
I no longer follow the catholic religion. I still believe in God, but my experience changed my perception of organized religion. It's funny,
because a lot of friends I knew who were alter boys and went to private schools changed their religious perspective too.
What changed my perspective?
1. Seeing priests who lived high on the hog, owning boats, big cars and having church women serving dinner for
them (lobster, steaks, you name it). While the majority of the church congregation was very poor.
2. Seeing how wicked nuns and priests acted. They had us kids terrified to the point we didn't dare act out of line. (Having seen student's
knuckles being hit with a ruler, faces being slapped, ears being pulled, hair being pulled) had me wondering if this is considered God's work what
the heck was bad?
3. Confessions - I always questioned why I had to go through a priest to ask for God's forgiveness. Half the time as a kid, I would go into
confession and make things up because I couldn't remember all the bad things I did. Let's see, I swore 5 times, I lied 3 times...
4. Hypocrisy - If you believe in the 10 commandments, the 1st one states "I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me." Yet
Catholics pray to man made saints and have statues of these saints. What about the old lady down the street that was always helping people in the
neighborhood? She was never drafted into saint hood.
"I shall not kill," yet this same religion supports sending their daughters and sons to kill foreigners because their government tells them so. Did
you ever see the Virgin Mary statue in Italian festivals with dollar bills pinned to her gown? Looks very sacrilegious to me. I would think the last
thing God would care about is money. I can add more, but I digress.
5. The Catholic religion really believes during mass the wine and bread is turned into the body and blood of Christ. It's not just symbolic, it's
what you truly must believe. I can tell you for certain, being an alter boy, the wine and wafers don't change composition or taste.
6. It's a business, pure and simple. No religious organization should be granted tax exempt status. With all their bingo nights, casino nights,
daily cash offerings, spaghetti dinners and festivals, the last thing they should be allowed to do, is have their congregation and the rest of the
population pick of their taxes. They get the same city services as everyone else. Ever notice their churches or entertainment halls ever falling in
disrepair? Yet look around the neighborhood, and the same people who are depositing money into their baskets are seeing their homes fall in
7. When they prevented us from taking pictures of my daughter's first holy communion. They wanted us to buy their video and pictures at $25.00 a