The term "recovering Catholic" is used by some former practicing Roman Catholics to describe their religious status. The use of the term implies that the person considers their former Catholicism to have been a negative influence on their life, to be "recovered" from. The term first came into use in the 1980s. The term is sometimes used with humorous intent, with a conscious parallel being drawn to the 12-step recovery programs often used by those recovering from addictions, although practicing Catholics often find the term offensive.
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