The Yes Woman: I return to Mass and the room reminds me of a closed fist

I want to go into Mass with an open mind, but it is like trying to be rational about unicorns

‘The priest does not strike me as someone who possesses a connection to any mystical undercurrent of the workings of reality.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

‘The priest does not strike me as someone who possesses a connection to any mystical undercurrent of the workings of reality.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

You can unsubscribe from the Topshop mailing list, but you cannot leave the Catholic Church. At least, not any more. Parents or guardians sign you up for lifetime membership to an organisation long before the age of consent. If you grow up to decide you’re not fond of that organisation, that’s that. According to the church, you’re Catholic and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re on their books, counted as one of their number. Amen.

I defected formally from the church prior to 2009 when it was still possible. Since then, I haven’t attended a church service of any kind, until this week.

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