[quote=Cairisti]Well, I wasn’t planning on telling my family this early about my RCIA classes, ect as I knew that they might be slightly negative. (My dad’s cousin converted in the 1940’s and my sister is married to a laspsed Catholic… And even though their best friends are Catholic…). Figured I’d let them know when I was sure I’d convert at Easter. However, accidently let it slip and you’d have thought I confessed to converting to the Moonies and was a serial killer.
Got the whole… "why? Just go to the Episcopalian/Lutheran Church. We need to discuss this before you do anything. (uh, I"m an adult last time I checked) Who is influencing you. This is so disappointing. Yada yada/ " And this was just my parents. My two brothers are the worse!
Tried to explain the whole RCIA process, that I felt that I am being led by a Higher Authority to look into the Catholic Church and my attraction to the historical Church. Sadly, they were rather deaf to all I said. (Figured since they are Southern Baptists, they might be sympathetic to the “being led” thing. Wrong. May work for others, but guess when it’s your youngest…)
Anyway, rather discouraged right now. Anyone have similar reactions? Any postitive reactions to your telling your family?
I’ll bet it’s out of print but if you could snag a copy of “Evangelical Is Not Enough” by Thomas Howard, and (MUCH BIGGER “IF”) they would look it over, you might be able to scale the language barrier about the topic. Howard is at least able (in my opinion) speak across the paradigm gulf in a way that is meaningful to Evangelicals.
Most converts, a’la’Jimmy Akin and that married couple who publish books of contemporary converts (I forget their names) sound like they’re lying when they claim they were once devout Protestants. They lose the ability to speak ‘Protestantese’ somewhere along the Road to Rome. I’ve posted on the paradigm gulf elsewhere in this forum. In any case, perhaps Howard will be of help in communicating with your folks. If they want to be communicated with. Since they already are suggesting Anglicanism or Lutheranism (and I am Anglican, not RC, btw) my guess is they understand the attraction of liturgical worship already. They’re mired in the ‘Catholic Church is Whore of Babylon’ mindset, even if they don’t expressly believe that or put it in those terms.
For Evangelicals, Roman Catholicism is an especial betrayal of the Christian heritage. It’s not just theology. It’s history too, as odd as that seems to say about us history-challenged Americans. We may not be swapping stories about how those Catholic sons-of-their-mothers murdered our great-great-grandmother’s great-great-grandfather in the War of the Whenever at Wherever as if the massacre happened in our own back yard, just last weekend; but a lot of our literature carries forward a lot of the emotion of such episodes. It’s embedded in our psyche in ways we don’t always articulate, at least not 'till our youngest daughter suddenly blurts that she is converting to Catholicism . . . . .
When the shock wears off they may be better able to resolve these issues for themselves and able to accept your freedom to make your own choices.