How do I respond to atheists and secularists who say Catholicism is "uptight"?

Full Question

Some of my close friends are either atheists or caught up in our materialistic, self-pleasing society. They tell me that Catholics are “too uptight.” How can I possibly defend myself against people who have no real faith at all?


Could it be that your friends are uptight about the fact that Catholics consider themselves accountable to someone bigger than themselves—and what that might say about them? What if Catholics are right? This could make non-believers very uptight if they let themselves dwell on it much.

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By Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed


  1. I always wonder at atheists who want to talk about a God they deny exists. I seldom feel the need to discuss things that do not exist with anyone. I doubt that we are uptight. I rather think we are just in love with One they do not understand and we want to please Him and not ourselves.

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