I have a friend who has told me for years that he wants to become Catholic.
He is an Evangelical, non denominational type Christian that was baptized by his Presbyterian minister father in a river alone. It was recorded anywhere.
He has a previous marriage.
I’ve told him to go to a church and speak to a priest. He claims he cannot because of health problems.
I found a priest that would instruct him and consider reception with me as his sponsor with conditional baptism.
We began talking, over email about tenets of the Faith. During a side discussion, I brought up the teaching about “no salvation without the Church”.
It didn’t go down well, even though I explained it in the clearest of terms. He wouldn’t understand that it does NOT necessarily mean Protestants go to hell.
Then I used the term “one, true Church”. And that got the same response.
He became very defensive of Protestantism, very arrogant about his knowledge of the CChurch, and accused me of being in a fringe movement, that he had never heard of either of those terms…blady, blaady, blah.
Then he said, that he had no intention of separating himself from Protestantism, Butt hat he only wanted the Catholic “added on bits”.
He seems to think that he can be both and was scandalized by me telling him he had to put aside the Protestantism, and take up Catholicism. That Catholicism is not a denomination.
He doesn’t accept Apostolic Succession , or the need to confess to a priest. That’s as far as we got, because everything stopped in it’s tracks at “one, true Church”.
Then the whole project fell apart. He has said some very mean things to me, and still maintains I am the one who knows nothing about the Church.
He says he will find someone else to receive him.
So I guess my question is this:
Is he right? Can one be both Protestant and Catholic at the same time?
It doesn’t make any sense to me.
I am considering if my friend was being influenced by Satan, as the conversation didn’t have much logic involved, and was very confusing. I’d say one thing, and he would refute it. He came to me about being Catholic, but seemed to want to convert me to Protestantism, rather than the other way around.
It left me pretty shake .