Evangelical Catholic


#21

Good work! There is definitely hope for you yet!

I have mentioned to him that I have doubts about some uniquely Catholic Dogmas and that I may never come to see that they are true.

You have doubts? Welcome to the club! That is a far cry from your original claim that:
“I cannot come to believe” certain things the Church teaches dogmatically. Having doubts is one thing, saying you CANNOT believe something is different. And BTW, it probably was not a good idea to list Baptism and the Eucharist under your list of teachings you cannot accept while saying that you DO accept them. I overlooked it and assumed you didnt beleive in the Eucharist or Baptism and I bet many others did the same thing…that might explain some of the incredulous comments you received. It would be better in the future to say something like,
"While I believe wholeheartedly in the Catholic teachings on the Eucharist and Baptism, there are several areas where I have my DOUBTS.

He told me to stay in the Church and continue to pray and seek God’s guidance and that because I have these issues does not make me a “bad” or “lapsed” Catholic. He also told me not to let others tell me that I am “not Catholic”, that everyone wrestles and struggles with their Faith at times and that it is actually a sign of an active Faith because it is a part of “Faith seeking understanding” and that even Mother Theresa had doubts and struggles.

Wise advice. Lets get to those issues on another thread - start with one. As a practical tip I would save Mary for last…


#22

But from what you’ve stated in your first post, these are no longer doubts or struggles, but beliefs that you hold to with a surety contrary to known Catholic teaching - a BIG difference.


#23

I don’t know what you are but I do know what you are not: Catholic.

You can change your name to Toyota and move into a garage, but it doesn’t make you a car. Neither does calling yourself a Catholic make you one. Believe whatever you have to believe but you are just another Protestant denomination of one.

Gary


#24

That depends on whether or not your friends reject these truths like you have or are just ignorant of the truth.

Gary


#25

I agree with you 100% At one point in my life I also found myself unable to accept certain Catholic teachings. I left the Church. Fortunately God was able to show me where I was wrong and I returned. If someone believes as this person does, he could still attend Mass but he should not receive the Eucharist since he would be doing so unworthily.

Gary


#26

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