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Deep Thinking: Atheist Priests

 
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14. Atheist Priest

“My great uncle, who became a Catholic priest at a young age, came out to his parents as an atheist while in seminary. They threatened to disown him if he ever told anyone else, or if he left the seminary (They came from a small town near Boston; I guess it would have been social suicide back then). So he stayed, became an excellent priest, and apparently never told anyone until my dad asked him for advice when he was considering the priesthood as well. He swore my dad to secrecy until he (my great-uncle) was dead, because he was afraid of the impact it would have on his congregation if they found out.

I discovered all this about a year and a half ago, when my dad was extremely drunk and ranting against religion. Completely shook my view of my great-uncle and great-grandparents – they always sounded like the model family, and my uncle was an amazingly peaceful and humble man, didn’t stop working in the community until shortly before his death three years ago. If anything I think it made me respect him more, in the end.”


Assuming we take the author at his or her word and their grandfather was this dedicated priest, do you feel the fact that he was an atheist contributed to this and if so, how?

I'm sitting here trying to figure out how that would work- do you need to believe in religion in order to teach it or do you just have to have the ability to understand the concepts behind it? It must've been gratifying for this priest to bring hope to those who needed to believe in something.

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It's a job.
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It's a job.
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Right however it's a job that people assume the person becomes 100% immersed and dedicated to.

Do people who work at Taco Bell live their lives "the Taco way", I mean because it is, after all, a job.


Can an atheist become a (legit) preist like the one described above?
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Some men with nefarious desires cloak themselves in a virtuous guise to accomplish their foul deeds.

Religion is only a costume for them.
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It's a job.
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Right however it's a job that people assume the person becomes 100% immersed and dedicated to.

Do people who work at Taco Bell live their lives "the Taco way", I mean because it is, after all, a job.


Can an atheist become a (legit) preist like the one described above?
 Quoting: AquaBrat


If he does the job well, is that a bad thing? All teaching involves acting, giving a performance. I dare say a believer could justify this by saying this priest was sent from God even though he is not a believer himself. (The religious have a talent for "justifying" stuff.)

I know it's not quite the same but I am a an atheist and a musician. I took a gig playing organ in a a CofE church for a year. The father there was and still is a great friend. He knows I'm a non believer and he reckons that most religious leaders doubt their own faith from time to time.

I am now fully conversant with all manner of hymns, creeds and general church music and am available for weddings, christenings, funerals etc!!
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You don't need to be a devote chirstian to be a good priest.
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For more!!!

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14. Atheist Priest

“My great uncle, who became a Catholic priest at a young age, came out to his parents as an atheist while in seminary. They threatened to disown him if he ever told anyone else, or if he left the seminary (They came from a small town near Boston; I guess it would have been social suicide back then). So he stayed, became an excellent priest, and apparently never told anyone until my dad asked him for advice when he was considering the priesthood as well. He swore my dad to secrecy until he (my great-uncle) was dead, because he was afraid of the impact it would have on his congregation if they found out.

I discovered all this about a year and a half ago, when my dad was extremely drunk and ranting against religion. Completely shook my view of my great-uncle and great-grandparents – they always sounded like the model family, and my uncle was an amazingly peaceful and humble man, didn’t stop working in the community until shortly before his death three years ago. If anything I think it made me respect him more, in the end.”


Assuming we take the author at his or her word and their grandfather was this dedicated priest, do you feel the fact that he was an atheist contributed to this and if so, how?

I'm sitting here trying to figure out how that would work- do you need to believe in religion in order to teach it or do you just have to have the ability to understand the concepts behind it? It must've been gratifying for this priest to bring hope to those who needed to believe in something.

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 Quoting: AquaBrat


There is a major shortage of catholic priests because its such a long, tenuous, and thankless job. Plus you can never get married and the pay sucks, although they give you free housing lol. I can see why some pedos whould put themselves through this for access to kids, and with the shortage they take any wierdo thats willing to do it.. However there is no way a true athiest would do this even if his parents insisted. There is nooooooo way, and I mean noooo way this is true.
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Atheism was created by satanists, go figure
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