My girlfriend and I have been going out for almost two years now, and in that time both of us have become much better Christians. I was raised a Catholic, and always considered myself to be Catholic, but a non-practising one. She was never really a Christian, but didn’t really have thoughts one way or another. However, she then decided to attend a Presbyterian Church with a friend of hers, and has since been “born again” and become a Christian. This influenced me to learn more about Christianity, and in particular the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism, as I found it strange that some of the members of her church thought that Catholics aren’t Christians. Anyway, my research opened up my eyes to the world of Catholicism, and I can say that I am now a practising Catholic.
Things with my girlfriend are going really well, however we seem to have some big problems with religion. I want to ask her to marry me, but she is adamant that we will not be able to marry if one of us doesn’t convert. I think the differences in our religion are a lot smaller than she thinks, but she disagrees and says that is yet another thing that we disagree about!
At the moment she has exams, and so I don’t really want to burden her with a lot of work, but after her exams I have two weeks before she travels overseas to Mauritius. In this time I want to have a big effort at converting her. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I should do this? One of her biggest stumbling blocks is in the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular, the Pope. How can I convince her that the Roman Catholic Church was the church that Jesus founded, with Peter at its head, and with Peter’s successors maintaining that authority? This last point seems to be her biggest stumbling block. Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer me their advice!