I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Why is this not enough? I really was so happy to finally find that most of my reservations about the Catholic church were actually based on bad information. I believe now in the immaculate conception and real presence, two big stumbling blocks. But, I am stuck now. I don’t know if I can go forward into RCIA, but I know that I can’t go backward to Protestantism (no offense to the many truly reverant Protestants out there). I have been reading the early fathers’ and it seems that they had the true church. Now, there are so many rules, i.e. when to stand, when to kneel, when to beat your breast, when to genuflect, when to nod, when to bow, etc. Also, there is so much judgement concerning “cafeteria catholicism.” I understand the reasons behind many of the rules and regs, but still feel that it is not what the early fathers had going on. So many people don’t even know why they do what they do. I am going to read Rome, Sweet, Rome to see if this helps me, because right now, I am stuck.