Dear forum members,
Iam from the Netherlands and i grew up as a roman catholic, but at the age of 21 I left the roman catholic church, and became a Baptist. As a family we are also active members of our Baptist church, and myself iam also preaching once in the while.
We are living in a Roman Catholic area in the Netherlands, and right now I want to study again sincerely my roman catholic background and the early church, because I read so much against roman catholic church and the papacy, so I have it really on my heart to read good books, which gives a good understanding about RCC instead of all these anti-RCC books.
For myself already started to read these last days some roman catholic theologians like Augustine, Bernard Clairvaux and especially Thomas Aquinas, which I really love to read.
Last weeks i also got some great books from TAN publishing concerning the mass and the Eucharist.
So as a Baptist and ex-catholic i have become sincerely interested in the study of roman catholics, because I see more and more that we as evangelicals don’t really understand Roman Catholism and its doctrine, especially on the teaching of the virgin Mary and Fatima.
These last weeks, the Lord God is really changing my whole view on the RCC, instead of being a anti-catholic, i got a deep love and interested in the RCC and its teaching, which is only by the grace of God. Through more study iam even willing to go back to the RCC, but I know that I need more time to dig into the theology and teachings of the RCC, because my wife is also from a evangelical background.
By the reading of those great fathers like Clairvaux, Aquinas and Augustine i experience so much influences that it even makes me as a protestant stop being in a protest, and it makes me returning back and drawing me back to the ancient church
I have also these last days some very good conversations and discussions with my wife concerning the ancient RCC, and I don’t believe it is is without a divine purpose.
In my journey iam still facing with some problems concerning the second Vatican counsel. I don’t have a problem that the mass is done (partly) in our own language, but what I really think is heresy are the interfaith meetings (with budist, pagans demon religions) that I have seen from Pope John Paul 2e, the view on the Islam (that they worship the same God, but still lacking it’s fullness) and most horrible thing was the kissing of the Koran.
For as a protestant whom love and fears the Word of God, i can’t accept that and iam very offend it by it, and this is one of the reasons why many conservative protestant are mocking against Rome because of these liberal and modern examples.
Iam very disappointed why so-called conservative Catholics, try to defend Pope John Paul on this, because as I understood (with my limited knowledge) this goes it own teachings of the RCC.
Council of Carthage (a.d. 298)
“None must either pray or sing psalms with heretics; and whosoever shall communicated with those who are cut off from the Communion of the Church, whether clergymen or laic, let him be excommunicated.” (Coun. Carth. Iv 72 and 73) 18
And what I understood, is that the Pope’s teachings on doctrine and moral are infallible, so these example are not just own opinions of the pope, but has to do with doctrine and moral.
So can I still become a catholic and joins a church which is according to the second Vatican counsel, but rejects these examples above of Pope John Paul 2e ?
If I rejected this and see this as a heresy, than iam saying that Pope John Paul is not infallible as a pope, which also contradicted tradition and scripture.
So any thoughts or help on this ?, because iam very confused and in my prayers I asking for insight.
Iam very sorry for my bad english gramma, but i hope that you can understand me.