Monday, September 20, 2010

A moving story

Miranda was abused by the Catholic church, by her priests and her parents.  They indoctrinated her with hateful lies.  She spent her childhood drowning in guilt and shame. Even today, having left Catholicism 15 years ago, she feels constant inappropriate guilt about things she no longer regards as sin and a frequent need for absolution.  This is perhaps all the worse because of course she cannot now receive absolution.  Nobody can tell her what penance to do and it would no longer work anyway.  Her expectations have been so conditioned by her abusive upbringing that she cannot easily override these impulses.  It upsets her and it upsets her that it upsets her.

In her own words:

Who can deny that this is a form of child abuse?

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