'Recovering Catholic' Reveals Spiritual Journey 07/16/2012

by Moody Adams
Kristen Kelly was raised Roman Catholic, attended Catholic elementary school and considered herself a good Catholic, but when she was 21-years-old that changed, writes Jim Spellman of CNN.
by Moody Adams
“A coworker asked me if I believe in Jesus Christ,” she says. Kelley could not answer the question though she had been in the Catholic Church all her life.

“I never really got exposed to Christ," she says. "It was more about Mary and the Church and a condemnation of everything I was doing wrong.”

She looked at her coworker and saw someone who appeared to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and decided that was what she wanted. She said this prayer:

“Jesus I accept that you are my lord and savior, and I ask you to come into my life.”

And from that moment Kelly, now 41 and living in Florida, considered herself born-again, and an ex-Catholic.
“I like to call us recovering Catholics,” she says with a laugh.

The Pew Forum on Religious Life and Public Life showed 31% of Americans were raised Catholic, but only 24% now describe themselves as Catholic.

If they were a denomination ex-Catholics would be bigger than Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Presbyterians.

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