I am so excited to have found the Truth in the Catholic church. I will be converting soon!! I did not grow up in a very religious family, but it has come to light recently that my dad has some ill feelings towards the Catholic church, as many Protestants do who don’t know much about why Catholics do what they do. I have gave him a copy of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity a while back to hopefully ease him into the idea without just bombarding him with it, but he has not read it. (By the way, I know C.S. Lewis was not Catholic, but that book really helped me, as it has many other Catholics, in my walk to the Church.)
I am hoping to find some articles online that kind of spell things out in plain terms for beginners, and dispel some myths about the Church. Some reasons I have heard him say he doesn’t like Catholicism are, he has unfortunately known a couple of bad priests (one that was gay and one that was an alcoholic) so he has a bad view of priests, he thinks all Catholics are “cafeteria Catholics” who just sin all they want because they can just go to confession and erase it, etc.
I have tried to inform him that these are examples of people within the Church who are, of course, sinners and very wrong-headded and not The Church itself or somethng it condones/teaches, but we have a very strained relationship and conversations like that seem to always ends in a fight.
I am an adult and do not need my fathers permission to convert, but I would like him to at the very least accept it.
My plan is to send him an e mail telling him my personal reasons for converting and attach a few articles for him to read, then talk to him about any questions or concerns he has.
Thanks for all your help, and God Bless you!