Dear brothers in Christ.:gopray:
I read these forums all the time, though due to my ignorance, I do not post often. There are clearly many here, who are very well informed, and wish to aid people in thier search for better understanding. I thank you all in advance for your help.
I am a practicing Roman Catholic, though I have been drawn for quite some time to, for lack of a better description, a “more tradition” mass, and practice of my faith. I have been researching as much as possible on the different types of Catholicism, and Orthodox deliniations. I have looked over as many threads as possible on this wonderfull forum, but I am afraid that I have just confused myself a bit… I recently had the privilage of meeting with a priest at local Orthodox church which I found locally. I absolutely LOVED the icons, and the reverence I felt immediately when he was showing me around the church. It is of the Antiochian group. He expained to me some of the basic differences. And that most importantly, his Orthodox church is not in communion with Rome.
My main question is this…I can easily accept everything I have learned thus far, and I think I have a basic understanding on why the bigsplit happened long ago. My issue is this. I am completely stuck on priests being able to be married. This is very difficult for me. Arent there some “more traditional catholics” that believe in celebecy for thier priests besides "Roman Catholics?
I am considering a change for my family to a more traditional practice. This is very important to me as my wife and I, at the age of 40, have recently been blessed with the birth of our 3rd child. It is close to time for her babtism, and I would like to have a concrete understanding of the Eastern rites, and Orthodoxy, “if there is a difference” so I can make an educated decission on where to continue my family’s church involvement.
Im sure that this question is not posed in the most coherent way possible, for that I apologize in advance.
I sincerely thank all those that choose to spend time answering this request for a better understanding.
Bless you all.:highprayer: