[quote=StJeanneDArc]Wow! I’m really sorry to hear that. When did you attend the seminary? Have you come back since then?
My son is currently in a minor seminary and, thanks be to God, he’s growing phenomenally in his faith and doesn’t have any heterodox ideas.
It is so important that seminaries be orthodox.
I was raised a marginal Catholic but was basically an agnostic. In college, I accepted Jesus and was born again. I left the church in the spring of 1983, but returned in the fall of that year. I attended the seminary in the mid and late 1980’s. I married. My wife and I drifted out of the CC in 1992. I came back for a short time in 1994 and again from 1998 to 2000. I left again in 2000 only to return in the fall of 2004.
I entered the seminary as a conservative Catholic who still clung to theology that was somewhat fundamentalist/evangelical Protestant. By the completion of my seminary experience in 1990, I was a Catholic in name, but basically an agnostic at heart. I needed to resolve the confusion. I tried to go through the motions as did my wife. I went to Mass and confession. I even taught CCD. I was still restless and so was my wife.
After years of testing the waters in various Protestant bodies and communities, getting dunked a number of times, and becoming an official member of such and so church (I even delivered sermons and led worship services at a couple of churches upon the pastor’s absence), I finally returned home.
One Sunday morning in September, I just went to Mass in my home town. At Mass, I heard of a penance service taking place that afternoon in a neighboring parish. I went and made a good confession. I had returned to the fold. My wife comes with me on occasion, but she is still an evangelical Protestant down deep. Her issues are basically one’s of authority and she has a hard time accepting alot of Catholic doctrine and dogma.