She Told Her Catholic Mom that She Was Renouncing Catholicism for Atheism, So Her Mom Told Her She’d Burn in Hell for Not Attending Church

A woman was a devout Catholic and had a daughter named Jessica, who was 22 years old. Up until this point, Jessia too had practiced Catholicism, but the mother would soon find out that to her family’s dismay, this was about to change.

An Unexpected Bombshell

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Recently, Jessica dropped the bombshell that she was embracing atheism and no longer wished to attend Catholic services. “As her mother, I was initially shocked and rather hurt because I raised her to be a good Catholic girl”, the woman explained.

Mutual Understanding

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Despite the initial shock, the mother was understanding. They had lengthy conversations about Jessica’s decision and reached a point where both were content with the new arrangements, allowing Jessica to follow her beliefs while maintaining a harmonious relationship with her mother.

Summer Plans With Grandparents

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With a summer ahead, Jessica decided to visit her grandparents and spend some time with them. However, not even a week into her stay, she returned home, clearly upset.

Clash of Beliefs

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The trouble began when Jessica mentioned to her grandparents, who were devout churchgoers, that she had become an atheist and had renounced Catholicism. “Her grandmother blew up and started saying hurtful comments, like how Jessica would be “punished by Him” and how she was being “manipulated by evil spirits”, the woman remembered.

Failed Conversation

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Jessica attempted to engage her grandmother in a thoughtful conversation about her beliefs, but it seemed futile. Despite her grandfather’s efforts to mediate, her grandmother remained stubborn and unwilling to listen. The grandmother insisted that Jessica attend church, which ultimately led Jessica to decide to leave.

A Mother’s Defense

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Upon hearing Jessica’s account, her mother took action. She called her mother to address the situation, but the conversation quickly escalated. “She told me I was a terrible parent for raising a “soulless child”, she lamented. “I argued back saying that Jessica is an adult and was entitled to her own beliefs, as were we.”

Grandmother’s Disturbing Comments

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The woman questioned her mother as to whether she would genuinely love her granddaughter any less for being an atheist, but her mother deflected the question with disturbing comments, repeating that Jessica was now a sinner who would burn in hell. 

Her Reaction 

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Despite being Catholic herself, the woman was sick of her grandmother’s extreme views and knew she had to defend her daughter. “I impulsively ended the call by saying, ‘You know what, I’d rather burn for all eternity if people like you were in Heaven’.”

Torn Between Emotions

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Jessica’s mother now found herself torn between her emotions. On one hand, she regretted what she had said to her parents and felt it was highly un-Catholic and somewhat blasphemous of her. However, she felt that the way her parents had reacted had been completely out of order, disrespectful to Jessica’s beliefs, and aggressive. 

Confessing Her Sins

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The woman headed online to confess her sins, seeking solace within an online community. Thankfully, she received nothing but forgiveness and support from readers. “You did absolutely nothing wrong”, defended one reader. “You rightfully defended your daughter.”

The Subject Was Irrelevant 

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Many readers commented on how the subject of the debate was irrelevant – everyone was entitled to their own beliefs. “Doesn’t matter whether this was about religion or identity or a dietary choice”, someone pointed out. “If it’s not hurting anyone, then leave her be. Faith is a personal thing, and no amount of churching is going to make you believe if you don’t.”

Grandma’s Going to Hell

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Other commenters pointed out the shocking hypocrisy that the grandmother was subjecting her daughter to. “Grandma is using God’s name for coercion & verbal abuse”, one person explained. “That’s blasphemy, so if anyone’s going to Hell, it’s grandma. She’s not acting very Christian.”

A Supportive Mother

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If there was one thing that everyone agreed on, it was that the mother had been very supportive. “As someone who renounced religion many years ago, I know how your daughter feels”, another commenter empathized. “However, If I had the support from my mother that you showed your daughter, I would’ve had an easier life. You did great defending your daughter.”

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