I’m currently a Protestant, but I am studying the Catholic faith. What is the Catholic Church’s view of me? David Currie in Born Fundamentalist, Born again Catholic said that the Catholic Church view Protestants as fully Christian, but with only 80% of the truth. Is this true?
Yes, protestants rejected the fullness of truth in the 16th century and even removed certain books from the Bible. Many continue to reject the Truth. Also, some “catholics” reject certain truths, which is wrong and they’re not really catholic.
[quote=BigTurkey]Also, an Episcopalian friend of mine, who knows I am studying Catholicism, told me that I am still in my sins, from the Catholic perspective, since I had never gone to confession. Is this true. I was baptized two years ago, so what about my sins before my baptism? What about my sins between my baptism and the present?
The validity of the baptism depends on which formula was used. If the trinitarian formula was used, then it was valid. If not, you’d need to be properly baptised. If done with the trinitarian formula, all your past sins were washed away.
**As for confession, the Church holds that we must go to confession as often as possible whenever we’re in Grave Sin. However, in grave situations an act of contrition (or repentive prayer) is valid. For example, if you pray for forgiveness and die unexpectedly the next day, you will be forgiven. However, when we can, we must confess grave sin properly in order to recieve communion (the bread of life). Grave Sin or mortal sin is the sin done with full consent. Venial Sin is the sin done without full consent (like an impure thought that pops up). **
Also, If you’re in desire to become a catholic and are in the process of conversion, you’d already be embraced by the Church as her own. But, you’d still have to go through the process of learning and recieving the sacraments properly.