I have never been a believer & was baptised as an infant, before being able to consent. Even as a small child, I never believed the lies and was shaken by the bullying and scare tactics used by the parish priest, brainwashed teachers, and fearful classmates. The Catholic Church has destroyed countless lives. It is fundamentally patriarchal, anti-woman, and anti-equality in all respects. It is an institution based on fear and social control. People close to me have suffered greatly at its hands. It is time to stop the poisoning of young hearts and minds and loosen their grip of fear to create an open, fair and just society. Count me out from your numbers, pope – you have no claim to my mind, my heart, or my moral life.