I am currently in an RCIA program and have run into a couple issues. I was raised Southern Baptist but never fully believed and became an atheist around 10 years ago. I’ve come to the conclusion that God is the most likely creator of the universe. I’ve been listening to Catholic Answers radio for a while now and I’ve read quite a bit about Catholicism aside from RCIA material but I’m still confused.
Anyway, here are my questions/issues:
1.) How does the Catholic church justify forbidding those in AIDS ridden countries from using condoms?
2.) It is difficult to believe that God wants us to tip toe around him worrying about praying right, performing the mass perfectly, etc. Why would God desire mass to be scripted like a play.
3.) How do you get to heaven?
4.) I read on this site that centering prayer is wrong. I suffer with severe depression and praying that way is actually the only thing I have found that helps ease the pain. Is it still wrong if used merely for that purpose?
I have lots of other questions but I’ll leave it at that. Hopefully I didn’t come off as grouchy or anything, I really do want to become a Catholic but I need to get past some road blocks.
Thanks in advance for any assistance