I just wanted to put it out there that I am a proud member of the Catholic Church. As a Christian for many years but not really knowing where I was going, I’ve had exposure to a lot of crazy and baseless beliefs, churches, and people who all threatened to steer me off my relationship with God. It was a huge struggle because I really had no spiritual guidance, no church, and really no one who I knew who had a good amount of spiritual maturity.
Now that I’m Catholic, I can say that many of my concerns have been washed away and although I will always have questions, sometimes doubts, and probably end up down in the dumps, I have a place to go. As an adult, I can now choose what I need to do and what I want to do regarding my faith life and relationship with God.
I also don’t want to toe the line of political-incorrectness, but the Catholic Church by far in my experience has been one of the most “normal” churches I’ve ever come across. Seriously! And don’t let the sex abuses make you think that I’d be scared off. Truth is, sex abuses and abuses of all kinds happen in every church, and even across different faiths. The Catholic Church’s prominence in the global community makes us for an easier target, when there have been abuses with Protestant churches and even non-Christian faiths.
Anyways, I have yet to hear that Catholic teaching tells us that a woman wearing pants is evil, or that dancing is evil, or that looking at a woman you think is attractive (as a guy) will land you in hell. I have yet to hear that the Church teaches that women are to be doormats to their husbands, that parents need to use sticks to truly discipline their children, or that braiding one’s hair was sinful. It makes me so much happier to know that we can extend a hand of invitation to non-Christians to teach them about salvation instead of condemning whole countries to hell, that we don’t teach that the Bible is above God or treat it that way, or teach that intellectualism is anti-God.
For the first time in my Christian life, I finally feel at home:heart:
Done ranting now and going to bed.