Why I Left the Catholic Church

Why I Left the Catholic Church

Let me tell you a brief story concerning why I left the Catholic Church.

Once upon a time, I was a Catholic. Not the most devout one, but I was so in love with it and never thought I would change for anything. If you told me I was ever going to convert, I would have said you were talking in the nonsense and the thing that didn’t have experience. When I was applying for secondary schools, I had a chance to go to one owned by a Pentecostal church and for that sole reason, I chose not to go. I didn’t just get the big deal with all that shouting and screaming, or noisemaking as I once referred to it. Hey! Don’t judge me just yet, or at all.

The Catholic Church is beautiful, so beautiful! The order, the buildings, almost everything. But there’s always that 1% of germs, aye? I mean, it can be found in practically every church as none is perfect. There are some misconceptions about the Catholic Church that I do no support though, because being a member before, I understand some of these things. However, I would also be sharing stuff that I do not agree with and which made me completely leave.


  1. Worshipping Mary: In case you didn’t know, Mary is the mother of Jesus, and she conceived Him while she was a virgin (Luke 1:26-38). The Catholics say a prayer called the ‘Hail Mary’ and sometimes pray in a grotto, which is typically the statue of the Blessed Virgin. However, I do not see it as worship. They call it ‘honouring’, but whatever it is, I no longer practise it and I’ll be giving my reasons later on. It is believed that Mary was born without sin and that’s why she could carry Jesus in her womb, the Bible never made account of this so I do not see it to be true. 
  2. They do not know the Gospel: They do, actually. It’s taught right from a small age if you’re born there. However, they do not quite understand it, which I’ll also be explaining later on.
  3. They are a cult: I think this has to do with people saying they are worshipping statues, or it might be from a historical point of view. You see, the Catholic Church we see today was, at one time, the only denomination existing, and they were brutal. You know, killing people who didn’t believe in God and some other ridiculous stuff really. There are also some other reasons some people see it as such and you can read all about it here.


I remember when I failed my First Holy Communion test the first time, I was so devastated. My classmates started “receiving” before me and it felt like I was in the shadows. Passing it the second year had me elated, choosing my confirmation name 6 years later was even better. Alexia. The story behind choosing this is a bit weird, and if not that, it would have been Hermione. I loved her character. Anywho, receiving the Holy Communion is a big deal in Church, it’s like ‘hey! I’m now a real Catholic.’

First of all, gifts are offered at the altar, then a whole process called ‘consecration’ is carried out. Consecration is basically when some prayers called Words of Consecration/Institution, are said and the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ (transubstantiation), then offered to God for the forgiveness of our sins. These words are words said by Jesus during the last supper. There are 2 things I do not agree with on this practice:


  • Offering gifts to God for redemption: Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, has already offered Himself for us. And all who look to Him are saved, there is no need for any other sacrifices (Hebrews 10:10).
  • You can only receive the communion when you’re a baptised catholic and in the “state of grace”. First of all, Jesus died for ALL men, and His body and blood are for all of us. He was chastised and His blood was shed for ALL. When they say a state of grace, it means you must have confessed all your sins to a priest in recent times and not partaken of any sin, whether venial or mortal. This will then make you “fit” to receive the communion because Christ’s body cannot dwell in the belly of a sinner. But let me burst a bubble, Christ came for sinners, while we were yet sinners, He died for us (Romans 5:8) and all who believe in Him have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). So yes, believers are righteous in God’s eyes but the mere flesh we have means we have temptations and sometimes, we fall. So by this definition of “state of grace”, no one would qualify at all. But the grace of our Lord is unmerited favour, which was freely given to us without us deserving it.

I think the practice of being worthy to receive the communion comes from 1 Corinthians 11:27, but reading the whole chapter carefully, we would see what Paul was talking about. Paul had heard that in Corinth, while the communion was given, some barely had what to eat while some were drunken. That means some greedy people took excess, leaving others with little or nothing to eat. From this analogy, we can see that the communion isn’t just a small wafer but like a feast, we shall talk about this another time.


Notice above, I mentioned confessions and two types of sin. In the Catholic Church, you’re supposed to confess your sins regularly to a priest. Usually, he isn’t supposed to spill whatever you tell him. He is seated behind a piece of wooden furniture, and these words are said:

“Bless me, father for I have sinned, this is my confession after (insert date here)”

Then he gives you the go-ahead to talk, and to let him know you’re done, you say:

“For these I remember and for those I do not, I ask for God’s mercy and for your blessings, father.”

Then the priest gives you a penance. Nowadays, penance is a prayer you’re told to say. It is, in fact, a brief punishment for your sins so that on judgment day, the sins which you have confessed are spared and it is usually self-inflicted. There was once a time in my life I used to pray to get hit by a truck and die on the spot immediately I had my confessions, so I won’t have any sins held against me. But thank Jesus for his blood and for the revelation of what He has done for me. Now I know that my sins- past, present, and future, are forgiven. Hallelujah! To me, the whole idea of penance is unnecessary, especially when you understand the love of God.

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Concerning the two types of sin: venial and mortal. From the way I was taught in Catechism classes, venial sin is an offence against God that can be forgiven while mortal sin is an offence that can never be forgiven. Mortal sin includes stuff like murder. Wow, I really got scared of this one when I was told you can kill somebody when you insult them. For this, I have to say: sin is sin. Whether murder or lying. It’s all sin before God. On the last day, God won’t say, “If your sin is great, wear black. If it’s forgiven, wear white. If it’s not plenty like that, wear gray.”

The Bible in Romans tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. Not the wages of mortal sin. But thank God that the gift of God is eternal life; this gift is free! The categorising of sins is mostly what leads a lot of people to judge others, I have judged others before, and so I won’t even try to judge anybody for judging others. But we have to realise and consciously tell ourselves every day that God died for all men and He loves all of us just the same.

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Talking about the Hail Mary Prayer…the moment I realised what it means, I stopped saying it. The first part is basically gotten for the Bible. The proclamation of the angel who appeared to Mary and that of Elizabeth:

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”

This is an okay part, what I do not agree with is the next one, the respondent’s part:

“Holy Mary, mother of God. Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

Is Mary the mother of God? Absolutely! Am I a sinner? I dare to say I am not because Christ has made me righteous. Should I ask Mary to pray for me? Definitely not because Jesus Christ is our mediator, not Mary or the saints. When I once heard the reason they pray to Mary, it was said that because she is the mother of God, Jesus has a soft spot for her and would listen to what she has to say. Remember the wedding feast at Canaan? Perfect example! And it’s often used to back up this explanation. But God is our Father, and we are sons. He is at peace with us, and there is no need whatsoever to doubt that He hears us or look for another mediator except Jesus.


Prayers to saints are also offered. You know, for special intentions and requests. There is basically a patron or matron saint for everything/everyone- there’s one for doctors, one for when you lose an item, etc. We need to understand that a believer in Christ is a saint- set apart or blameless, which is basically the meaning from the Greek word hagios. The Catholics believe that when a person who serves God dies and some years later, a part of their body isn’t decayed, then a bishop can ordain that person a saint. I’m not saying that those who they call saints are not, all I’m pointing out is that you don’t necessarily have to be dead to be called a saint. Amen?

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I mentioned earlier that this group of people know the Gospel but do not understand it. This is because there is so much sin consciousness that goes around. For as long as I can remember, John 3: 16 was a verse I could say even if you woke me up from a deep sleep. I knew it, I understood the words- God loves me, Jesus died for me and if I believe in Him, I would have eternal life. Like some churches, it seems what they see is: God loves me, Jesus died for me, and if I believe in Him and I’m good enough, I would have eternal life.

And that is what I equally believed at that time. I was taught so much about God’s love but that to really experience it, I have to be good too and do good things. It was so bad that at a point in my life, I couldn’t pray properly.

If I really wanted to pray, I would spend time crying, begging God to forgive me and promising to never do it again, before making my petitions. I hated it, I really did not enjoy crying, and so I hardly prayed. Being good was also tiring because I felt I could never be good enough to go to heaven, and at a point, I was bracing myself up for hell. I would say, “if I die right now, I think I would go to hell.” I just thought there was no cure for sin and I would never be made righteous.

There was also this particular song I loved, I loved it because it pushed me to a place of begging for mercy from God, and boy I used to bawl. The song is called “God of Mercy and Compassion”, and it would have been so perfect if Christ had not already died and forgiven sins. The chorus was my favourite cause it gave me time to reflect and really cry”

“Jesus Lord, I ask for mercy. Let me not implore in vain. All my sins, I now detest them. Never will I sin again.”

Well, jokes on me because I did not detest the sins then and I went back on my sinning spree.

I’m ever thankful that I came to the full realisation of the truth and I’m grateful for the guide I have on this journey because it is not over till my life is over. God is good, guys! His mercies endure forever. This is my own story, others might have theirs too. It was hard for me to leave the Catholic Church, even after I became a believer. I decided to do some research and learn for myself, and after I saw that my beliefs did not agree, I decided to turn my back on it. While still doing my research, I found out that there are some believers in church but I have no idea how that works if you truly know the truth.

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Anesii xx

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(16) Comments

  1. Charles Obihai says:

    Well u have said your own according 2 your understanding , now those things u say r not necessary and the Catholics r doing wrong based on your research and discoveries r d correct and right things, well I would love 2 know who gave you the formula for what’s right and wrong ,and u say they don’t understand the gospel,well it seems u have a superior understanding of d gospel.
    To me I think as far as we r all humans and it is a fact that no man is an island of knowledge especially the knowledge of things relating 2 the spiritual no 1 have the right to really judge based on their own discovery and analysis because ur analysis only works for u as a person and might not work 4 the next man and who knows…
    Your analysis might be wrong,it could also be correct , no man can just give a 100% correct analysis of the spiritual and what any religion is doing correct or doing wrong cause we r all still locked in the flesh so if u want 2 worship God do that d way u feel better leave who u think is doing wrong or right nobody put u in that position u shouldn’t put your self and u should try getting a deeper understanding on what’s what rather than judging based on a shallow understanding

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  2. John Egbor says:

    Nice write up dear…
    But am a seminarian and a priest in the making…
    Try and understand what I’m about to reveal to you… Thanks…

    First of all the Bible is the inspired words of God in the words of man…
    And it doesn’t contain everything…
    Eg. Would you say that because Jesus Christ did leave a right childhood because it is not recorded… That is to say, Jesus must have been rude, stubborn, insultive, fighting just as our childhood requires as human (not perfect)… Rather we inferred for he was the son of God as such those qualities shouldn’t be seen….
    I’m gonna be in brief….

    Now concerning Mary and she been conceived without sin…
    Mary was “full of grace” (Luke 1:28) and “blessed” (Luke 1:42) she is the first sign of God’s victory over sin in Christ. If Christ is to save the man from sin and he is known to have come to save us, then it is right to be a privilege on Mary to carry one who is without sin, without having a sin… Our natural state was to be “full of grace.” because Sin is our universal experience, but it’s not what God intended for us in the past nor wants for us in the future. We are saved from sin through Christ.

    Also you spoke on Holy Communion
    First of all it is a sacrifice we must partake in everyday for the rest of our lives for at the last supper he said “do this in memory of me”…..
    Now concerning the aspect of going through catechism… As we know it is an act to understand the faith in the Catholic Church and also to see the important of the holy Eucharist you about to receive… The essence is to be aware of the true sacrifice of Christ and what it entails to be one in Christ (receiving him worthily)…

    Concerning confession to a priest and the likes…Rather than give an ideologically based response, we should see how Jesus himself delegated the authority to forgive sins (Mt.16:18-19, Jn 20:22-23).
    First note that Catholics do not tell their sins to a priest “instead of to God,” but to God through a priest, appointed by our Lord as an official stand-in for Christ (alter Christus).
    And there are three basic scriptural passages that affirms this :
    Matt 16:18-19 “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    Matt 18:18 “Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    John 20:21-22: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he has said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
    Pls note… Priest are men who have decided to give everything up, so as to solely represent Christ on Earth for the benefit of God’s people…

    Concerning sin: You disclaim yourself from being a sinner…
    In your own words you affirmed believing you Sin and God would judge us all without any differentiation…
    Mortal sin according to the CCC (catechism of the Catholic Church) are those sin when committed cannot be forgiven because you believe so and do not want to change from it.. you are aware of the consequences and you do them and still do not want to repent… Why then would you be forgiven when actually there isn’t an atom of you wanting to avoid such grievous actions…
    Also when u said you would always emphasize asking God to forgive you at a young age to be wrong wasn’t wrong… Jesus taught us how to pray and that is why in the Lord’s prayer is seen as a method to request… You request God to forgive you your sin…why would Jesus teach us something he is coming to take away permanently… No doubt he has come to die for us,, the death was to create a better connection when reconciling with God, for he is the son of God and who so ever want to believe in God much come through the son…. ( Sorry, I could clarify the passages but they are in the Bible)

    Lastly talking about praying to saints, mary etc….
    A quick question if your pastor could pray for you or better still you could pray for me… Why then can’t we beckon on those we are aware are now in heaven coming close to God??? ….
    Also the Catholic Church also believe that a saint is not only when you are dead and a part of your body doesn’t decay…. We also believe that sainthood began from your love on Earth and that is why when you go through the history of the recognized saints (so many bwe can’t know all) we have a basic background of their lives until death…

    To be sincere this is a great job here.. I really love your expressions…
    But we should understand together so as to achieve our true purpose on Earth as true Christian’s that we all are… We all aim to serve God but with different methods agreed but understand what the other groups are saying before we could correct each other loopholes… Thanks again…

    #proud_catholic… ❤️❤️❤️

    1. anesii says:

      Hello John. Thanks for reading.
      As for your points, it is true the Bible was written by men. I’m not doubting that, I never said God wrote it. There are a lot of cultural practices also referred to because of this like the covering of women’s hair and greeting each other with a holy kiss.
      Like 1:28 states clearly that Mary was highly favoured and not full of grace. Also in verse 42, the Greek word for blessed is eulogeō which means to speak well of someone. I hope that is clear?
      I know Christ said the communion should’ve done in memory of Him, if that is so, reading through the epistles, we see the communion of believers. It wasn’t carried out the way it is carried out now. I wasn’t even talking about that, I spoke mainly on 2 points: the state of grace and the offering. You did well to ignore that offering part.
      Yes, we have the power to forgive sins but are you really waiting on man to forgive your sins? LOL! And as for the priest thing, 1 Peter 2:9 says we are a priesthood. My dear, a believer is a priest. Like I stated, we do not need a mediator so why go through a priest? Isn’t it Old Testament mentality? And the three scriptures you gave didn’t state that we should ask for forgiveness from man or from God through man.
      Mortal or venial, if you’re unrepentant of it, you face the same consequences if you’re not saved.
      Jesus taught us to pray, yes. It was directing us how to. If you look at the prayer, you will see that His kingdom has already come and His will is being done. The prayer was given as a means on how to pray.
      Absolutely, we can pray for each other. So why not ask someone alive to pray for you instead?

      Thank you for reading. Please understand that these are my reasons and I’m in no way attacking the church. Thank you for the clarifications, however I didn’t write this just because I wanted to.
      I have done my research and looked at the Bible, and I know what I’m talking about.

      1. John Egbor says:

        Hello Gabriella..
        Thanks for your reply…
        You haven’t yet understood what I said…
        There are some practices that could be inferred… It is a form of worship…
        Nevertheless I never said man forgive sins… The Catholic Church adopted that to be. Means fo believers to be confident that God has heard their prayer of repentance and indeed God has heard through them…
        They are mediators we need mediators dear that is why Christ came to be a mediator and appointed the apostles to be Co mediators….

        If u believe in saints and u believe that they re with God why then to you refer to them as being dead… They are forever alive and only those who sin are to receive the reward of death na… (Lol)

        Common the saints can indeed pray for you same as the living…
        But the saints are in total communion with God as such are even more preferred to pray for us here….

        Try and take your time to read and understand the Catholic point of view…

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  3. Thanks for sharing Anesii, My own case is also that of comparing the Catholic faith with the Bible, the pattern from old to New Testament, the Old Testament being a shadow of the things to come, the real thing came through Jesus Christ. But some things practiced as faith there are still dragging us back to what Jesus paid for. He didn’t pay for us to pay. God doesn’t share his glory with mortal man, real angels or angelic men don’t deserve any form of worship, you can pray in Jesus name by yourself without telling Mary or angels to do so for you-God want to hear you. If we understand the love of God like you said, we’ll know some things are not needed. May we get understanding in all our getting.

    1. anesii says:

      Exactly. This is so true, Taye. You hit the nail on the head! It seems they’re still in the Old Testament with some of the practices and it’s just wrong.

      1. Sanctus says:

        Well I hope I am not too harsh to say that you are speaking boldly with “half- knowledge”, its really terrible. I got bored been taught the wrong version of what I know very well. I guess you have to understand that the scripture is a whole and all books are connected. The Bible you so hold fast to, was written by men inspired by God. This same Bible, in chapter 21:25 of John Gospel affirmed that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written”.
        2. The sin part and being in a state of grace. Please the mass has penitential rite which cleanses us from venial sins, for the sake of the reception of the Holy Eucharist. So the church didn’t not say you are to be totally free from sin( which is an illusion) she states that one with venial sin can receive communion at mass, having being partly cleanse at the penitential rite of the mass.
        3. Mary is Mater Dei Theotokos. She is the mother of God. John gospel chapter 1:1 in the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God. In verse 14 of that chapter it affirms that his word is Jesus, when it says ” and the word became flesh and dwelt among us”. I guess simple logic draws the connection.
        4. You spoke on forgiveness if sin.. so the reason I say you necessarily need to go study the Bible. Christ entrusted to his disciples the power to forgive sins. The Catholic Church has it’s lineage to the apostles and this power to forgive sins follows to the priest of today.
        5 Sin is not sin o… Please read the scripture well. Saint Paul’s letter precisely.
        6. The church does pray through Christ, as he is the head of the body( the church). She however encourages that her faithful seek her intersession, hinks gotten from the wedding at cana
        6. 24but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
        26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever. Hebrews (7:24-28).
        The list goes on and on.. I personlly don’t have issues with you not being in communion with the Church, but please ma where you are not sure don’t speak.
        Most times the fault comes from the catechist who don’t give thier catechumens ( like you) proper teaching about the Church.

        1. anesii says:

          Hi Sanctus. I hope I’m not harsh when I say you’re speaking with dented knowledge.
          I do understand that the Bible was written by men and never disputed that. However, it is the word of God.

          For your second point, the blood of Jesus cleanses is from sins, not mass dear.

          I know Mary is the mother of God. I clearly stated that fact. However, it didn’t mean she was without sin. Even Mary needed Jesus to die for her salvation. No man or woman but Jesus is/was born without sin.

          1 Peter 2:9 says “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
          ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
          If you start from the beginning of the book in chapter one, you’ll see who Peter was writing to- all believers. My dear, a believer is a priest. Also, if there is no condemnation to those who believe (Romans 8:1), if we are sons of God (Romans 8:14), if we aren’t separated from Him (Romans 8:35), why do we need a mediator except Jesus?

          Sin is sin, dear. Paul wrote several letters, please state precisely which one you speak of.

          The verses in Hebrews you put up are beautiful. You ended up contradicting yourself. Verse 25 clearly states that He- capital H, so who? Jesus! He always lives to make an intercession. He is able to save FOREVER! Verse 27 says what? We don’t need to offer sacrifices anymore because Christ has done it. So if we see that Christ is always making intercession, why are we looking for Mary’s jara?

          So please sir, I’m very sure of what I speak of. I read through the catechism book a lot of times, so maybe catechumens like you who were properly taught should read the Bible for themselves and really understand. The church is supposed to be one. No denominations whatsoever. I pray that we all come to the unity of the faith.

      2. Chiamaka says:

        When you say Mary or a saint should pray for you is like saying your pastor, a friend, your parents etc. should pray for you .
        So it’s not wrong!

        1. anesii says:

          So why not just tell the pastor or friend or parents instead? If any of these people died, would you ask their spirits to pray for you?

        2. @Chiamaka, Mary and the “saints” referred to are dead, that makes the difference.
          I saw this somewhere: “Prayer is addressed to God as Father, in the name of Christ as Mediator, and through the enabling grace of the indwelling Spirit ” that’s the summary of my sayings, Jesus taught Prayer in many places for example: Luke 11:5-9, Luke 18:1-8,9-11, Matthew 18:19, Matthew 21:22, John 15:7 and so on. The best one is the Lord’s prayer: Matthew 6:9-13, where we were taught the manner or pattern of prayer, the clear thing is, it is Our Father who is in heaven not our “mother ” or “brethren”

        3. It is easy to say: even Saul prayed to samuel(the dead), the clear thing is the “means”, God already blocked all means of conversation with this guy, he taught of a way out and consulted a woman with “familiar spirit” to invoke the spirit of Samuel,(see 1samuel 28) Him doing it does not make it a good or right practice.
          Or the case of Rich man and asking Abraham to send Lazarus…, aside that is a parable to tell a message, it is also even clear that the 3men here are dead. It is not communication between living and the dead, another thing is the statement “samuel”(invoked) said, “why disturb me”.

  4. Really enlightening

    1. anesii says:

      Thank you for reading, Francess♥️

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