More Catholic than … Catholic Answers
The title of this thread is intentionally jarring (to get noticed) and plays upon the more common idiom, “More Catholic than the Pope.”
I am going to offer some of my background. Do not misconstrue this as an attempt to appear a sheep though I am a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I do not claim to be a sheep, claim to appear a sheep, or … I am an ex-Catholic that finds many reasons to be an ex-Catholic.
That being said, I intend to be as informed about what Catholicism REALLY is and I think it impossible to learn this without input from folks who embrace Catholicism. If Catholicism is God’s church on earth, one is radically unlikely to discover this through the teachings of those who reject Catholicism.
I grew up in a very liberal parish with a wonderful priest. Through a combination of this liberality and my own pride/arrogance I missed the “specialness” that was the Catholic Church. After attending mass most of the time through college, I just began to explore various Protestant churches and ultimately left. When I realized that Catholicism was much more than I thought it was, I thought it might be possible that I was being called to return to my Catholic faith.
A man who attended an SSPX mass was very clear that I needed to return to Catholicism. As I explored Catholicism I concluded that there were many different views of Catholicism. My SSPX friend became a Sedavacantist during JPII’s pontificate (I do not think JPII had much to do with this, just more study and …). I found other SSPX friends. I found Catholic Answers (Radio, Website, and Message Board). And I recognized that the parish of my youth embraced Vatican II in a way that Catholic Answers, SSPX folks, and Sedavacantists ALL say is inappropriate. During this time, I concluded that the strongest Catholicism was taught be Catholic Answers. Vatican II was a council like those before it, and it was NOT a break with Catholic past. Breaks with the past were not Catholicism, but the “private judgment” of those who rejected Vatican II and/or the Pope were also problematic.