The Recovering Dissident Catholic
My name is Cathy_of_Alex and I am a Recovering Dissident Catholic.
What do I mean? With the exception of a short stint in a cultish church, I am, allegedly, a life-long Roman Catholic. I was raised by Roman Catholic parents who are descended from generations of Roman Catholics. I went to Catholic church on Sundays with my parents. I received (most) of the Sacraments of Initiation. I was enrolled in CCD. I went to two Catholic institutions of higher learning.
Yet, despite all this, I was a dissident Catholic, a dissenting Catholic, most, if not all, of my life thus far. I was a "cafeteria" Catholic in a sense. Although, honestly, I did not know enough Catholicism to choose from the full buffet. So, perhaps even "cafeteria Catholic" is being too generous.
I am still in "recovery" from my dissident days. I'm still discovering, learning and accepting the "legs" of our Faith: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium. Like many in established recovery groups, I'm hiding behind an alias, for now.
Do you ever hear someone who has left the Catholic church say that they are a "recovering" Catholic? I have. They mean that it was so terrible being a Catholic that they seek healing.
Similarly, I seek healing, recovery, if you will, from being a dissident Catholic.
I am not going to bore you with my entire life story in the first post. No, Gentle Reader, if you want to learn more, stick around.
My reversion, no, I can't even say that since I don't think I ever was a true Catholic. My awakening to the Truth was not like the story of Saul on the road to Damascus. It was not one day, one moment, it was a gradual process, lots of days, lots of moments.
Catholic media (Relevant Radio, EWTN, CA forums and blogs) played a HUGE role in my journey. If you are a reading this and you are using the power of today's media to express the Catholic faith, be assured that you make a difference. Thank you.
Why am I starting this blog? I hope that this blog will, over time, help others like me find their way home. I hope that this blog will help you reach the disenchanted, the fallen away, the non-members, reach the dissident with the "language" of the dissenter.