I am very confused reading this part of Catholic Answers.
I was converted from a fundamentalist church in 1974 and am in my 50s. This was way before RCIA and I was personally catechised by an individual preist.
Compared with my former southern fundamentalist church, and this was in the 70s after all I thought that Catholics were fairly liberal comparatively. I was also formed by reading the works of the Berrigans and the Maryknoll missioners, and I was comfortable in my fantasy of liberal Catholicism.
What opened my eyes was being a postulant in a community of religous in the mid-west.
I was reading the National Catholic Reporter while they were reading the National Catholic Register and the Wanderer.
Needless to say I was not allowed the become a novice, I really did not even know what was going on and that I would be voted on in chapter. I was very hurt by the experience and went hog wild for a time, tattoes. heavy drinking and drugs were my way of living until I repented and confessed.
But I still remain confused. I have always been anti-abortion, but that has not always been the be all, end all of politics as it has become. I have had a stroke and am disabled, and the only thing I agree with the very conservative Republicans is abortion it’s self.
I used to be a moderate Republican, but we seem to have gone out of existence, now I am independent.