I was brought up Catholic and tried really hard to make sense of what I was taught and to find meaning in it. I disliked some of the stories in the bible and questioned whether they should be used as examples for modern day Christians to follow as they reflected the attitudes of the time which were counter to modern thinking.
I questioned why the Pope had to be a man, why women couldn’t be Priests and why Men couldn’t be nuns. I couldn’t see the point of celibacy and thought that it was harmful and un-natural. Jimmy Carter who was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 has reflected on sexism within religion as a whole and has late in life severed ties with a religious group that he used to be a part of. He makes some very good points that clarify for me one of the many reasons I no longer consider myself to be religious.