Well let me say Amen to Contrarini. So true.
We felt like my wife’s sponsor especially wanted that whole: “I used to believe in this other church that had all the wrong teaching but now I have seen the light.” No, the other church was off in some things, certainly, but they were still a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus loving church and therefore not all bad. They were part of the road on the way to the RCC. Even though we had enough problems with them to leave, we can’t wholeheartly go “I renounce it”, like we can say ,“I renounce Satan”, because to do so would be renouncing Jesus, too.
As a former smoker, I don’t judge smokers, except to jokingly say to the wife “filthy smokers!” I am just glad to be free. :dancing: Is it OK to plug Allen Carrs Easy Way to Stop Smoking-worked for me!
There is a feeling (and I can’t speak for Contrarini) to me that when people have said convert to us, that there has been an air of superiority about it. Like “see, we ARE better than you are, and now you are joining the winning team.” More like that.
As for cradle Catholics, I am usually jealous of their head-start and the obstacles they don’t have to overcome, like certain prayers addressed to our Lady that for a cradle Catholic are just normal, but coming into the Church seem like idolatory. Now we are to be accepted, I am going to say Hail Marys all the time!