A few days ago I somehow ended up remembering an early chapter of the history of my life. I was just a little kid, about 7 or 8 years old, when my Catholic background required me to attend catechism lessons so I could receive my first Communion.

After some months of coming to the house of a weird lady who believed she could talk in tongues and used to do it in front of us kids, I was awarded the gift of salvation —eating the body of Christ— for the first time, but first I had to come clean and have my sins forgiven. Can I just take a moment to try to understand what kind of sins can a 7 year old child have? Sins? Really?

This phase asked me to confess my wrongdoings to a priest and had me thinking some days about the things I was supposed to say, but what could I have said? What could I have done in such a young age that would need the forgiveness of this never seen, invisible, sky-dwelling man?

I still remember the actual feeling I experienced when I was kneeling at church trying to make words come out of my tangled up throat. Feelings revolving in my head. Why was I feeling such things? I felt like a worthless being, a bad person, a weak and traumatized entity. But how? How and why do they make children of such a young age believe they are nothing but evil, hell-deserving humans?

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Comment by Andrew on September 18, 2009 at 10:21pm
Eduardo I've never lived the religious life, but would agree with John D that this is part of an indoctrination.

Cliff I think that taking action off of the A|N site is an excellent idea that most should pursue. I read a recent article on a news website that, like most, has a comment section. There was a comment that was tongue-in-cheek atheist style and has encouraged me to post similar comments.
Comment by Eduardo on September 18, 2009 at 4:49pm
Or maybe I will…
Just kidding, I wouldn't let this happen to anyone I care about.

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