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I, too have met quite a number of women who also self-identify as atheist.
As for the catholics-in-name? As they are sometimes referred to by their zealot brethren?
I actually respect them far more than the ones who take all the catholic dogma seriously.
I can easily understand why a person would want to keep the self-identification of "catholic", without giving any of it's dogma any serious thought.
It gives them a sense of place, of belonging. Not at all unlike a Jew who is also agnostic/atheist.
I also suspect that the vast majority of catholics world-wide are of this category, and don't believe 99% of the dogma in the least.
Proof, you ask?
Easy: the average number of children per family among the US Catholics is barely higher than the national average.
Meaning >>most<< of the US catholics are using contraceptives.
.... which makes me smile.
Stuck on himself ?
Count four this time :-)