[quote=teresas1979]If Catholicism is the “fullness” of Christianity, then something happens to make someone reject that for something else which is “less than the fullness.”
Logically, this must be something negative. Example: why would you take the half full glass instead of the full one? Answer: There must be something wrong with the full glass. So when a Catholic leaves the Catholic Church they have a negative reason for doing so which they take into their Protestant setting. There, they often come across people with similar stories of the “evils of Catholicism.”
On the other hand, those who feel something lacking in their version of Christianity may seek out the Catholic Church and upon finding her often find what they thought was missing. This is a positive experience rather than a negative one and again, they often meet people with a similar story of the “joys of Catholicism”
Personally, at present I’m not sure where I fit in terms of these 2 situations. 3 months ago I was most certainly situation 1, although not attending a Church. Now, I feel like I may have jumped ship too quickly. I doubt I will return to Catholicism again, there is too much that has gone on and there are several teachings I never see myself accepting/agreeing with. However my “anti-Catholic” feelings when I first left the Church have dissipated over time, and with prayerful self examination I have come to the conclusion that although for me the Catholic Church has many problems, there are others who seek Jesus within her.
I respect your opinion teresas. But with all due respect, I don’t believe there are problems with the Church. Doctrine doesn’t sin—people do. Sometimes Catholics are not taught properly, or come into contact with liberal elements within the Church etc. People blame the Church. But proper study and understanding of scripture as interpreted through Sacred Tradition and a thorough knowledge of Church history will enable the individual to discern false teachings and bad theology. A big problem I see is relativism. Some Catholics will not agree on a Church teaching, such as contraception, abortion, divorce, etc. So they will find a church that is more in line with what they believe. I often see the sacrament of reconciliation tied into this. Going to confession is a profound act of humility. Many people have too much pride to participate in this beautiful sacrament. Now let’s say someone participated in the act of abortion. As a Catholic they know they must go to confession if they are to continue to recieve the Blessed Sacrament. But they are afraid to confess this sin. There are two choices remaining: Continue to go to Mass and receive communion anyway (another mortal sin), or find a church where you can confess your sins directly to God in private. The first option usually causes guilt, so the second is opted for because it is easy. Catholicism is not easy. Confession helps us to be humble, contrite , and accountable. But sooooo many people now feel that confession is not necessary. I see some leave the Church directly because of confession! Yes, God is all merciful and forgiving. That is why Jesus established the sacrament of reconciliation–for our benefit! Sorry to veer off course. I ramble sometimes. I hope you stay with the Catholic Church teresas. Peace.