I was young and impressionable. He said boys have a penis. He said girls have a vagina. He said sex is biological, and that biology is not a social construct. He said life begins at conception.
I believed his lies. I repeated his lies.
I lost my job, my dog, and my theyfriend Sharon. (Sharon took the dog.)
I was banned from our local bagel shop and suspended from Twitter.
I woke up one morning to discover that I’d been excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
I was never even a member of the Catholic Church.
I’m better now, but I fear I will never be able to escape this feeling of soul-crushing remorse.
To all of the people I have hurt: I am so, so sorry. I only hope that you will someday find it in your hearts to forgive me.
Especially you, Uncle Maria Loretta. Please give my best to the Mother Superior.