I too was a product of a Catholic education and nuns, though I must say the priests weren’t as bad. (Our monsignor liked kids, in a a good way. There have never been any reports of pedophilia.) The nuns were abusive and they would be charged with child abuse today. The only difference in your story is that both my parents were strict Catholics, my father believed the discipline (abuse) was good. As an adult, I have come to understand that he didn’t know any better.
The Church is a sick institution designed to make people believe the Church is in charge or their spirituality, when in fact we are in charge of our own.It is a business. I left 18 years ago and have never looked back. Despite everything, I am glad I was raised something.
Thank you for sharing your story.