Joining in on this thread kinda late...but read thru! Thanks David for your posts. I am one of "those" who have come here looking for a .moral guy but not really having enough faith myself. I really know little of the teachings, traditions and mandates. Didn't pay enough attention in catechism as a kid! And I'm one of those that if you contact me, I might tell you why!
But now I know why so many guys look at my profile and don't leave a message
I admit to learning much this first three weeks! I didn't realize there was so much more than dating here. I like these forums.
However I will also say I've been a bit off put on more than one occasion by some holier than thou. Those make me want to run. However the longer I stay, the more I find the real heart of Jesus among our group. These people make me want to be a better Catholic.
Have blessed day.
There are many elements of the Faith that aren't understood -- and some can't be (that's why they're referred to as mysteries). No one knows everything about the Faith, but we should strive to become familiar with the basis. The old Baltimore Catechism was a lot simpler and basic than the current one, but there's a wealth of information in it.
Stay tuned to the forums -- many people here have excellent backgrounds in the Faith, and are helpful to those who are wanting more information. If you come upon such a person, you might want to communicate with him/her to explore the teachings more thoroughly. The internet has some excellent sites but you'll have to be sure they're reliable sources of information.
While you're expanding your knowledge, you might combine it with a little fun in the forums to make it even more enjoyable. Don't let certain judgmental comments discourage you or make you feel like running away. With a little knowledge, you could help them as well as yourself.
No one said being a Catholic is easy, but it's worth the effort.