How was your experience and was it like the classic cliché? This is not a rip on the Catholic religion thread please. I went to all Catholic grade schools in many states.. Sister Edith did actually hit my hands with rulers. Often. I loved the ritual of Wednesday and Friday masses, partly because we got out of class, but also the whole experience itself. Us boys knew who the "funny" priests were. Even back then it was obvious who was who and what was what. We just never put ourselves in a position to be alone with them. We had no dances because dancing was "a vertical expression of horizontal desires". Wow, think about that statement! In Ohio, we had hot lunches 2 days a week- Wednesday was Joanne's Pizzas, Friday was Burger King Hamburgers. Both brought in. Otherwise it was pretty much cold thin sliced Spam sub sandwiches. As altar boys, we'd sneak into the Sacristy and drink altar wine. CYO camps were code for make out sessions and we all looked forward to them. My high school was different- Catholic Boys Military School. Shit got real with the violence and creepy Christian brothers. Had several teachers outright punch me in the face. Brother James and I fought, brother Kevin was huge and beat people for a living. Many of the brothers and lay teachers were openly after us boys. One guy even had a farm place 2 hours north where he brought groups up on the weekend. He was the drama teacher, go figure. Mr. Wolf would dye vodka green and openly drink it out of a huge Scope bottle that he kept next to his desk. Mrs. Bean, the humpback lunch lady was the sweetest ever. She was a grandma to all of us. As I look back, it wasn't bad, it just was. I've now converted to Lutheranism. Just about the same thing without the Pope as being an infallible portal from God, and little to no reverence to the Virgin Mary, which I still don't get. Now and again I go back to a Catholic Mass. It still feels good and I love the rituals which come back to me as if by nature.