Another title for this post could've been "Anything but Catholic."
I'm of Mexican origin, so, as many Mexicans, I grew up Catholic... just by name, of course. My parents never discussed the Gospel with us, never taught us how to pray, etc. My extended family, except for my great-grandfather, was very, very unactive as well.
So, to make a long-story short, last year my wife and I were baptized into the Mormon church. We were attracted by the "family-oriented" stuff they present to you... Now, a year later, we want out of that church. Very different... We thought we were just changing churches, or place to worship, but now we see it is really a change of religion, to a very weird form of Christiany.
My wife wants to go back to the Catholic Church. And although I agree with most of the doctrines and believes of the church (except confession to a priest), I want to go to a non-denomational Christian church. Just go hear a sermon, sing some songs, learn how to follow Jesus Christ, read my Bible, and teach my children about God by lesson and by example.
I think I'm so "anti-Catholic Church" because of several reasons, but the main one is that most of the Catholics around me here in San Diego and in Mexico, are so far from God, so far from practicing what they preach. I just don't want my children growing up Catholics because to me Catholic means not going to church, not being active, not praying to God from the heart and not from memory, not doing the right thing most of the time.
Another major reason is that I was sexually molested by an uncle and then by an aunt when I was around seven years old (I can't remember my exact age). And with all the news you see on TV about this topic in the church, I don't know if unconsciously I'm blocking the church. (That is why I feel that I don't understand why I need to confess my sins to a priest, since priests are sinners, too.)
But mainly, I think the main reason I want to stay away from the church is the one stated first, Catholics not being very active, or at least the vast majority I know.
I've already tried to go back to the Catholic Church a few months ago, but it just didn't make sense to me. So I went back to the Mormon church, and it made even less sense!
I just want to take whatever I feel is true from all Christian denominations, and just be a mere Christian, without tags.
Do you have any advice? I don't want to divide my family. My wife has told me she won't go to a non-denominational church, because she feels the Catholic Church has all truths.