[quote="pkrjenkins, post:1, topic:258933"]
I am a Protestant who has been drawn to the Catholic Church for several years. I started RCIA classes a month ago to learn more about the Catholic faith and I've been attending Mass for about 6 months. At the same time I was attending 'my' Protestant church.
I have decided to leave my church. It has been a painful decision, but one I feel is right for me. I have questions that Protestantism cannot answer. I have felt like such a traitor for attending Mass and going to my regular church. Finally today I decided to leave. I've written my pastor a letter explaining that I'm leaving and the reasons have nothing to do with anyone in the church; I'm not angry or hurt, I am simply looking for answers that I can't seem to find at my church.
Do any of you have similar stories to share? Do you think I am leaving in a gracious and decent way? I don't want to simply slink out the back door and never come back, but I don't really want to talk to my pastor right now. Any suggestions would be welcome, and so would your prayers.
P.S. I know the church I have been attending is not 'my' church. I'm just using that designation as a reference.
I haven't decided to convert to Catholicism, or Orthodoxy, or anything as of yet. However, about two years ago I began making the same faith journey that you are on right now (and seem to be concluding). That Christmas, my church did not have its usual Christmas Eve service, which would be some praise and worship, along with Communion. So my friend invited me to her Lutheran church. I really knew nothing about Lutheranism at that point, but I assumed since they were Protestant, their service would be the same as my Evangelical services. When I realized that they were very "Catholic-like" I was stunned. So I decided I would begin researching the different churches and try to discern the truth.
Afterward I began getting really into Orthodox Christianity, and began attending the Divine Liturgy regularly. That's when I finally left my church. I realized I was no longer happy in my old church so I stopped attending. My parents weren't very happy (still aren't).
I had a crisis at home so I stopped attending church entirely for a long while, but eventually I began trying to study ancient Christianity again. Now I feel stuck between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, so I don't have a church at the moment. Limbo, essentially.
I don't think you should feel bad about leaving the way you did. You acted responsibly and correctly.