Not sure how much mileage there is in this thread, but thought it’s not a bad idea to have a safe space for discussion of faith/religion. Whether that’s your personal experiences and feelings, discussion of writings and teachings, or commentary on current events.
To clarify the safe space in the context of this thread, anyone is welcome to post so long as you are respectful of those posting who may have religious beliefs. It’s not a place to grill people (genuine and respectful questions are okay), mock religion, or make sweeping dismissive statements. For example, it’s absolutely fine to say that you can no longer consider yourself Catholic because of the handling of the sex abuse crisis, but not to say that its immoral for anyone to remain part of the Catholic Church because of it, or that the Church is intrinsically evil. I’m perfectly happy for someone to create a non-SSP version if they want to discuss things without those restrictions
In regards to myself, I guess I sort of see myself as a Catholic in exile right now (I more or less have since coming out as transgender). I have only been to Mass a handful of times in the last two and a half years, and haven’t received communion. My faith seems to sort of come and go nowadays from anywhere between more-or-less agnostic to reasonably strong. And my feelings towards the Catholic Church frequently yoyo between love and dismay. I wish I could find some kind of active forum for progressive Catholics, but even if it’s mostly me talking to myself I guess this space might help? I’m planning to read the new encyclical Fratelli tutti later so I’ll probably post some thoughts on that.