- A church in every town
- 2000 year history of mysticism
- Strong theological tradition
- Body and Blood of our Lord
- Daily Mass
- Many devotions
All right, but how about:
7) Founded by Christ himself
8) Fullness of truth resides within it
9) Salvation assured to those faithfully practicing the Faith
10) Promised by Christ to:
a) be led into all truth by the Holy Spirit
b) withstand the gates of hell itself.
- Papacy is too overblown
In what way? Don’t kid yourself. Every pastor in every corner Evangelical church behaves as if he were the Vicar of Christ, even though he has been given no such authority by Christ.
- Too much politics
And you didn’t expect a world wide organization made up of men not to have politics? And you don’t expect to find politics in any other denomination? Once again, don’t kid yourself. The difference is, the Church is BOTH human and divine because it is the Body of Christ, therefore, no matter what happens it cannot stray in matters of faith and morals. What other Christian body can claim that with a straight face?
- Too controlling
If it’s too controlling why are dissenters not put on the rack? The Church has always functioned by the honor system, and assumes good will unless it can be proven otherwise. So, when dissenters take advantage of that kind of openness who do you think is controlling whom, or rather attempting to/thinking they are?
- Priesthood seems dysfunctional
It’s always been dysfunctional because it is made up of flawed human beings. And you think Protestant ministers have it all together and are all angels of light?
- Confusion since Vatican 2
And who is to blame for that? Those who long desired to gut the Church’s teachings to go along with the world in the “spirit of Vatican II.” Hey, it isn’t the first time it’s been tried (remember the Arian heresy that nearly swamped the Church?) and, if Jesus delays coming soon, it won’t be the last. Besides, do you see unity in the Protestant world? What, with a new denomination or sect being for every day?
- Promises of Christ unfulfilled
What promises of Christ unfulfilled? And who in the Protestant world has fulfilled them, do you think? None that I know of and I was involved in several of them of different types for the first 35 years of my life. It was only in the Church that I saw any fulfillment of Christ’s promises, instead of man-made philosophies posing as fulfilled promises.
I’ve been reconsidering my faith. These are some of the pros and cons. I might stay in the Church inspite of my doubts. Or I might leave.
Stay for love of Jesus and his truth. Go if you want to believe that the Church blew it, God alone knows when in history. Every Protestant denomination thinks it was when they started–big surprise!