I asked the following question on AAA and didn’t really get a satisfactory answer so I thought I’d try again here.
After a long spell of mental illness (I have Bipolar disorder) from which I am now in remission, I have started again to ponder existential and spiritual matters. I was received into the Church 15 years ago as an adult. Now I think that I consider myself a Catholic-Christian in the sense that Thomas Merton was a Christian and monk, or as Hans Kung is a Christian and priest. By these comparisons I mean that I stand on the theological “left” (not a political statement) and believe in an active, progressive, radical, and even mystical Christianity. I do not believe in orthodoxy for the sake of it. I do not believe that the Bible should be interpreted literally but must be measured against our needs as 21st century society. I could go on, but then this post would get very long. The question is would the Apologists here still consider me to be a Catholic and that I would find a home in this place.
The suggestion to read Chesterton’s Orthodoxy wasn’t very helpful (to me) since I have read it, albeit many years ago. the book is a good read which makes many insightful points. Chesterton clearly believed that truth should translate to joy and wonder. This is certainly a message that we should pay attention to, but his eventual decision to embrace orthodoxy is not a path I feel able to follow. So given what I have said before and my opinion of Chesterton, what do people think? Am I still a Catholic and is this place suitable for me?