[quote="danzibr, post:1, topic:306714"]
Right now I'm in RCIA. I intend to join the Catholic Church next year. This is something I'm not taking lightly. I pray daily and ready daily about the Church and her beliefs. In fact, everything I learn only deepens my belief that I'm making the right decision.
Here is my question/challenge: can I be convinced to not join the Church? I know this question depends greatly on me.
In other words, what are the things hardest to swallow about the Church? Or for you Catholics, have you learned something and just been like, "Whoa, I don't like that"?
I honestly don't think it's possible, but I want to know. For example, when I was joining a baptistish church it would have been very, very to convince me to not join had someone showed me some simple verses such as John 3:5 (never seems to get mentioned by people who think baptism isn't necessary for salvation).
It might be worth mentioning I'm a very logical person, or at least like to think of myself as such. I'm thoroughly enjoying Frank Sheed's Theology and Sanity. Any argument to convince me to not join will have to be very well reasoned.
I think understanding why contraception and gay marriage were a difficult one for me to understand. I've finally wrapped my head around what the church teaches and why, and it makes sense to me now... but I certainly can see how those teachings are a stumbling block for people. (Incidently, the reason I see them as a stumbling block is because I tend to view morality as being grounded in positive effect... to wit, good moral actions have benefits while bad moral actions have consequences. I just couldn't see the consequences for a person to use contraception... that is until I looked at the law of morality as affecting the communion of the church as a whole and understood that catholic teaching can never be divorced from the paradigm of the church as the ONE Body of Christ).
The same goes for self-abuse and pre-marital sex. I used to consider these "victimless sins" until my confessor described for me how they are so destructive to outlooks on others and their inherent worth.
So because of America's rampant heresy problem (materialism as a dominant cultural paradigm) I can see how these teachings might be difficult for some catholics to accept...