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Bishops should read stuff like this. Unfortunately, they probably don't.

Feb 24th 2013 new
(Quote) Sean-851370 said: dontconvert.wordpress.com sh...
(Quote) Sean-851370 said:

dontconvert.wordpress.com


Bishops should read stuff like this. Unfortunately, they probably don't.

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As a former Protestant I can relate to much of what the author says, but I have found that the Eastern Catholic parishes I have been to are a lot better when it comes to liturgy, community, and preaching than most of the Latin Catholic parishes I have been to.
Feb 24th 2013 new

(Quote) Sean-851370 said: dontconvert.wordpress.com.
(Quote) Sean-851370 said:

dontconvert.wordpress.com


Bishops should read stuff like this. Unfortunately, they probably don't.

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I was a conservative Evangelical that converted and remain quite happy as a Catholic. I found this article to be the usual Evangelical tripe--every time one of them attends a church, they eventually find out it doesn't live up to what they've built in their mind, they have a hissy fit and move on to a "real" church that does everything right..well, until the moment they don't. But anyway, I have my doubts he was ever a Catholic in the first place based on various verbage I read in the article.

Feb 24th 2013 new


I actually attended mass with a doctrinal bookworm understanding of why Catholicism was right as the author describes. But then I went back to the evangelical churches because of many of the reasons he stated, lack of fellowship, etc...but then four years later I'm back in the Catholic church with a more fuller understanding after having church shopped a bit more in the protestant hinterlands.

I understand where the author is coming from his post is exactly where I was years ago God doesn't always draw with straight lines.

Feb 24th 2013 new

(Quote) John-220051 said: As a former Protestant I can relate to much of what the author says, but I have found that the Ea...
(Quote) John-220051 said:

As a former Protestant I can relate to much of what the author says, but I have found that the Eastern Catholic parishes I have been to are a lot better when it comes to liturgy, community, and preaching than most of the Latin Catholic parishes I have been to.
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Leon Podles writes something similar to that in his book on the feminization of Christianity. An image of a priest surrounded by female lectors and servers on the altar while the song leader sings "Here I am Lord" comes to mind of what you'd see in the typical diocesan parish.

Feb 25th 2013 new

I just read and commented on the article(it's awaiting approval I guess)....this is what I said...

one should convert to Catholicism because, despite its “issues”, you believe it to be the true Church established by Christ…and for no other reason….So ask yourself that?…After reading this article…one wonders if you could find the good in anything….”Have you ever seen the practical impact of good sacraments?” No wonder you have such a negative outlook….Sounds like you had little faith….Eucharist…Confession…Established by Christ Himself!!!….revealed by the Spirit in scripture!!!…Believing in those alone are a greater experience than preaching any day…If what the Catholic Church claims is true(such as the true presence of Christ)…it is no small matter to regard His Church as simply another option….it requires serious consideration…Are you so sure in yourself that you would risk possibly misleading souls in such a serious matter?


This guy has made telling people not to convert his mission....then he argues nothing that matters most

Feb 25th 2013 new

(Quote) Sean-851370 said: dontconvert.wordpress.com.
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Bishops should read stuff like this. Unfortunately, they probably don't.

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A lot of his observations and complaints are true. The problem is that it is all superficial. It is also obvious that the reality of what he was learning in RCIA never really penetrated into him.

Feb 25th 2013 new

(Quote) Sean-851370 said: dontconvert.wordpress.com.
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Bishops should read stuff like this. Unfortunately, they probably don't.

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Jesus never told us to put a "Keep Out" sign on the door of his Church. How is this sentiment in line with the Gospels? And what error are the bishops committing (this time) by welcoming converts?


Many converts to Catholicism are very happy; others leave or revert to their former denomination. It's up to them. God stands before us with open arms, desperate for us to accept and return the love he so badly wants to give us. Sometimes it takes hold but often enough it does not. Are we, as a Church to start drawing lines or creating eligibility requirements?


Not content merely to draft an ENORMOUS syllabus of your own grievences with the Church, you're now compiling the dissatisfactions of others as well? How are you advancing the work of Christ by doing these things? HOW???



Feb 25th 2013 new

(Quote) John-220051 said: As a former Protestant I can relate to much of what the author says, but I have found that the Ea...
(Quote) John-220051 said:

As a former Protestant I can relate to much of what the author says, but I have found that the Eastern Catholic parishes I have been to are a lot better when it comes to liturgy, community, and preaching than most of the Latin Catholic parishes I have been to.
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They have cultural and ethnic bonds to unite them. Traditionally, Roman Catholics (in the USA at least) don't socialize much at Church.



Feb 25th 2013 new

What does Jesus say about this?

Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."' Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.' The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen."

Mt 22:1-14


Sounds very harsh. (Jesus was talking to the very men, who, days later would falsely accuse him of crimes and bring about his crucifixion.) But this parable also illustrates the extent to which God is willing to go to gather in people who ARE WILLING to serve him. We also see what happens to those who those who rejected this great grace: i.e. those who refused his invitations and the man without the wedding garment.


Do we really want to say and do things designed to exclude people from this great feast?


Why not do whatever we can to promote the integration and retention of souls in the Church?




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