A Former Catholic
Ponders Life

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The term "Recovering Catholic" is becoming popular these days. This phrase harkens to the Twelve Step movement's "Recovering Alcoholic" -- as if a Roman Catholic bacground is nothing at all to be proud of.

Rather than emulate Alcoholics Anonymous in our language, I think it preferrable to emulate the humanistic former Jews, who call themselves "Cultural Jews" to honor their heritage without endorsing the superstition. Contrary to what some atheists would have us believe, there is something to say for having been raised Catholic or Mormon or Muslim or Jewish, and there are, believe it or not, some good elements in each of these cultures.

So, then, don't you think the phrase "Cultural Catholic" (as coined by social activist Michael Harringron) might apply?

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