I am seriously thinking of returning to the Catholic Church and I am going to see a Priest about doing this. The reason is that of all the Churches and “Ecclesial Communities” that are around the Catholic Church seems closest to the truth. BUT I still do not agree with everything the Church teaches. This is one of the things I will bring up when I see a Priest. I know I have posted in the past in a somewhat “hostile” manner and I do apologise for that. Also my posts here have seemed inconsistent and somewhat contradictory. I think that is because I was and am working out some things and still have issues with what the Catholic Faith is all about. Here is where my disagreements are:
I do not and cannot at this time accept the Catholic teaching on Justification. I accept the Reformed view of Justification and Sanctification as defined by the Magisterial Reformers and as expalined in the Westminster Confession of Faith ( NOT the Whole confession, just the parts that deal with Justification and Sanctification). I am open to changing my view but at this time I cannot.
I don’t believe in Purgatory because I feel it takes away from the Sacrifice and Atonement of Jesus and what He did for us. I believe once a person Repents and Confesses their sin the Guilt AND Debt of “temporal Punishment” is COMPLETELY removed because of Christ’s atoning and substitutionary sacrifice, HOWEVER I could accept an idea of some sort of “final Purification” at the moment of and just after death wherin the Love of Christ as a “cleansing fire of Love” removes the scars and stains of sin. (NOT PUNISHMENT or "Making Satisfaction and expiation"and being tortured for sins in some sort of divine Concentration Camp)
I don’t think the Pope is Infallible under ANY circumstances. BUT I also can see the Papacy as a centre of unity and the way God allowed his Church to develop for its well being.
I believe that on the Cross Jesus was the Penal Substitute for the sins of mankind. That on the Cross God made Him Who knew no sin to BE sin for us. That on the Cross every sin that ever was or will be committed was laid upon Him and borne by Him in our place and in our stead and because of this He bore the Holy wrath of God for sin and took the punishment we deserve in our place and stead. It was because of His love for us that Jesus did this, and it was because the Father loves us that He sent the Son who came willingly out love for us and God the Father.
So there it is, these are the things I will bring up when I talk to the Priest. If he allows me come back after I tell him these things then I will return.