This post was made on the recent Francis Beckwith thread:
I can’t speak to this poster’s experience, but does anyone see this as the pattern? I have made posts in other threads demonstrating empirically that people tend to leave the Catholic Church for emotional reasons.
Anyone who has ever heard Scott Hahn’s conversion story, or read any of the Surprised by Truth books, or heard Fr. Gray Bean’s story, or the guests of The Journey Home, has to know that it is not easy to come to the Catholic Church. Most of these people resisted it. They found themselves with no choice but to join despite their emotions.
In fact, I cannot think of a single convert to the Catholic faith who did not do so for a doctrinal reason. Not one. Perhaps they are out there, but consider why my examples would be the norm…
Thinking logically about all the Protestant conceptions of the Catholic Church as a “treadmill” of sacraments, and silly confessions to a priest, and mass obligations, and archaic contraception, pick up your crosses and suffer, etc…one could say the Catholic Church is designed to prevent people from joining based on emotion!
It’s much easier to join a church that says you can accept Christ right now and be saved for life, than one that demands you to pick up your cross, submit to the authority of the Church, and remain on the path for the rest of your life. If not for the Truth, it would indeed be tough to join the Catholic Church.