Hello, I am posting this in the Traditional Catholicism forum because even though I will welcome any Catholic responses to this, I am especially looking forward to maybe some Traditionalist Catholics who might have gone through the same feelings and maybe could better relate? When I look at the Church and then look at Orthodoxy, I see how they have not changed, they even refer to themselves as the “Ancient Faith” and speak of how none of there traditions and liturgies have radically changed for over a thousand years, while the Catholic Church radically changed in the 1960’s after Vatican II. Regardless of how you feel about Vatican II, we must all recognize that this is indeed the truth, and that the Church did experience many changes in practice after Vatican II. So I keep having this thought: “What if Orthodoxy is the True Faith, I mean, they haven’t radically departed from their traditions like the Catholic Church has”. Now to say some more (and maybe now you’ll understand why I’m especially hoping for Trad talk, even though I’ll welcome anybody’s response in charity) even though I accept that NO Mass is perfectly valid and licit, I do not think that makes it better compared to Latin Mass. Or even NO Mass celebrated with certain Latin parts, the Priest celebrating ad orientem, and people receiving on the tongue (I have actually come to prefer this NO “Latin” Mass as I call it to the old Latin Masses. So as you can see, I’m not just an old fashioned TLM or die person lol). So yes, I I have said I have come to like this “Latin” Novus Ordo a lot and go to a Parish in my area where the Priest does that and I also like TLM and have been there, so those Masses are also valid and licit and accepted by the Church, however the fact remains that by and large the Church did indeed radically change things. And from my perspective many of those changes were bad and seem to be a break with Tradition. So I keep thinking: “Maybe we’re more faithful to Traditional Catholicism. Maybe we are right. But look at us, we’re just a minority in the modern Roman Catholic Church but when you look at Orthodoxy, they all celebrate their ancient traditions and adhere to the same traditional beliefs, styles, practices, and teachings.” Can anybody relate to this? Any thoughts?
Right now, my heart is Orthodox and pulling me towards them, but my mind is saying “No, the Catholic Church is right”. I put facts and logic above feelings, so that is why I’m still Catholic because I have reasons to believe in the Church over Orthodoxy. But as time goes by, I keep getting more and more doubts in my mind and keep thinking maybe I’m making the wrong decision. Orthodox adheres to their unchanging Tradition and look at Patriarch Krill, he is unafraid to stand by those teachings. He doesn’t confuse issues, speak erroneously, or make some of the mistakes as Catholic leaders. Why should I stay Catholic and not go Orthodox?