Name 3 reasons you are not Catholic (yet).


Could you please list 3 reasons why you are not Catholic and elaborate.

Thanks… God bless…:slight_smile:


Perhaps this would be better in the Non-Catholic Religions forum?:slight_smile:



  1. I’m an Atheist

  2. I was raised to be Baptist

  3. My Baptist upbringing implanted some rather foul (most of which have been dispelled at this point) misconceptions/stereotypes of Catholics and Catholicism

  1. My husband needs an annull. so that I can move forward.

That’s the only reason. :thumbsup:

  1. Truth cannot change. In Catholicism, the authority of the magisterium can change truth for the believers.

  2. Catholicism has changed traditions vastly since the time of Christ. The Roman Catholic church is not an authority on tradition.

  3. I was a cradle Catholic and I left the church, I will never return.

  1. Incense makes me sneeze

  2. I was never any good at Bingo.

  3. Those “sacred heart” paintings give me the willies.

  1. Images and Statues - I just can’t get my head around it

  2. Veneration of Mary - From the studies that I have done I see no where that Jesus or his apostles intended for us to think this highly of her or that she was sinless

  3. Can’t think of another off the top of my head… the first two are just too HUGE to move past to another issue…


  1. I do not believe that there is only One God.

I think that really takes care of the entire issue, but if there is lingering doubt:

  1. Were I to accept that there was only one God, I do not believe that said Being is Trinitarian

and if one and two are not sufficient:

  1. Were I to accept monotheism and trinitarianism, I am not convinced that the Roman Catholic Church would be the best/highest expression of that.


Is there a reason for that? Sorry if I’m derailing the thread but I was just curious.

  1. I believe that the sacraments I have received as a Protestant (not just talking about Anglican sacraments here) are valid means of covenantal grace, and I am further unwilling to accept the idea that any baptized Trinitarian Christians are only part of the Church in some tenuous, partial way.

  2. I have grave misgivings about the development of the Papacy into a kind of monarchy, and of the influence of the Roman imperial model (which I believe to be the Beast mentioned in Revelation) on these developments.

  3. My wife is unwilling to become Catholic, and becoming Catholic would result in conflict with her and with my parents, and would also create complications in raising our daughter. This is probably the place to mention my belief in women’s ordination, since it only makes the Top Three list insofar as it is my wife’s main objection to Catholicism, and since I agree with her (even though I am less sure about it than she is and would personally be willing to submit to the Church’s judgment on this) I would find it very difficult to defend this particular teaching to her.

In Christ,




(oh admit it… this one is kinda funny)


To not derail the thread, I invite you to look at my public profile and hit the link to my posts. There are numerous ones where I have spelled this out exhaustively, including, I had thought, at least one on which both of us posted. Or you can simply read about the last half of the Christian Challenge thread, if that is simpler.


It is funny!

I really like reason number 2!!
(Although at my parish there is NO Bingo ONLY Bridge)
(I can’t play:crying:)

okay back to the OP:



  1. the Papacy is ‘novel’ (insofar as it’s not part of the early church
  2. based on the ‘authority’ of the Papacy dogma has then been developed
  3. the above two are enough


La Rochelle
Veneration of Mary


Mmm, wonder if I should answer this one again.


Ditto for me too!

In addition:

1.) Papacy - not established in the bible.

2.) Prayers to Mary and the saints - Why?

3.) Purgatory and indulgences - No biblical basis.

  1. I do not believe that the answer to the question of God’s or Gods’ existence is humanly knowable (or worth losing sleep over).

  2. I do not believe Catholicism’s concept of a supreme being is the correct understanding of such a thing, should it exist.

  3. Catholics. Many of the Church’s followers have not exactly inspired me to become like them.

Also, I’m pretty much the worst nightmare of some Catholics: a liberal, pro-choice, pacifist, queer, gothpunk decadent secular humanist cleaned-up junkie with a bizarre fashion sense. I wouldn’t blend well :stuck_out_tongue:

Though next time Holy Redeemer has a burrito night… hm.



We are surrounded by a Cloud of witnesses. saints. We ask them to pray for us just as we ask the people here on earth to pray for us. These saints are more alive than you and I. It’s very Biblical.

3.) Purgatory and indulgences - No biblical basis.

Indulgence, do you even know what that means? Indulgence is removing of temporal punishment due to sin. This authority has been granted by the Church when Jesus founded it on the premise to Bind and Loose.


Matt. 5:26,18:34; Luke 12:58-59 – Jesus teaches us, “Come to terms with your opponent or you will be handed over to the judge and thrown into prison. You will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” The word “opponent” (antidiko) is likely a reference to the devil (see the same word for devil in 1 Pet. 5:8) who is an accuser against man (c.f. Job 1.6-12; Zech. 3.1; Rev. 12.10), and God is the judge. If we have not adequately dealt with satan and sin in this life, we will be held in a temporary state called a prison, and we won’t get out until we have satisfied our entire debt to God. This “prison” is purgatory where we will not get out until the last penny is paid.

Matt. 12:32 – Jesus says, “And anyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but no one who speaks against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven either in this world or in the next.” Jesus thus clearly provides that there is forgiveness after death. The phrase “in the next” (from the Greek “en to mellonti”) generally refers to the afterlife (see, for example, Mark 10.30; Luke 18.30; 20.34-35; Eph. 1.21 for similar language). Forgiveness is not necessary in heaven, and there is no forgiveness in hell. This proves that there is another state after death, and the Church for 2,000 years has called this state purgatory.

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