You see. I was a Catholic convert, very devout, and made a ministry out of spreading my testimony of conversion. I also have 6 children and am now an atheist.
Our stories are so similar and so very different. Our lives are mirror images as she blogs frequently of the perils of Catholic life. I too have lived all these things. The song made out of bad church situations is all TOO familiar to me. The feelings of dissatisfaction of not being able to have our real life experiences of Catholicism live up to all our grandiose ideas. She is excelling somehow at self promotion and pursuing her career in spite of a chaotic home life with multiple small children.
So, if Jen would indulge me.... I have a few questions.
1. Have you pursued any higher education in Theology now that you have become a Catholic and a national (international?) promoter of Catholicism?
2. Would you be willing to deconvert now that you have basically built your life around Catholicism, if it meant losing your notoriety, if your conscience should turn against Catholicism?
3. Do you enjoy the debates in the church about holding hands during the Our Father, wearing veils or not and different rites and liturgies?
4. Does it make you feel secure in your faith knowing that it is 2000 years old, held by millions of people, and extremely organized even though none of these facts actually prove anything?
5. You say in your testimony that you had a feeling in your heart when you looked at your baby. Do you know that Mormons think their religion is true based on a feeling in their heart?
6. I know you have experienced physical suffering and scares. Have any of your children had to go through anything like that?
7. Would you be willing to talk with me more in depth about these types of things?
If you've read this, thanks so much! I really hope to hear from you. As I have given 20 years of my life, a career and six kids in support of the Catholic Church, I think I deserve a little credit. I hope you think so too!