April 2, 2019
By Jim Denison
This Washington Post article caught my eye: “I’m not passing my parents’ religion on to my kids, but I am teaching their values.”
The author is Jared Bilski, a writer and comedian based in Pennsylvania. He tells of growing up in the Catholic church, attending Catholic school from kindergarten through high school, and serving as an altar boy and a church reader. He says he “even strongly considered going into the priesthood.”
However, Bilski writes, “I lost faith in my faith. There were too many unanswered questions, too many problematic absolutes, too much fearmongering and way too much hypocrisy. For a religion that placed such a premium on loving thy neighbor, it sure had a lot of restrictions on whom you were allowed to love.”
The clergy-abuse scandal was the last straw. When it broke, Bilski says, “I knew I’d never return.”
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