Thank you for sharing your views. I find quite difficult to object that the Catholic Church, historically speaking, is the true church but there are issues in the RCC that make me feel very uncomfortable like the celibacy of the Priesthood. Many years ago I wanted to become a priest but I felt that celibacy was very wrong. Who sane in his mind would go against one of our most powerful instincts? I do not agree with celibacy at all and I can tell you from my own personal experience that celibacy is not a sane state of mind to be in. When I wanted to be a priest I spent a very long time being celibate and I can tell you that it’s not an easy ride and you have to fight many “demons” in your mind. Another issue that make me feel pretty sick is the wealth of the Vatican and why the Pope is also called the Holy Father when the Bible is very clear about not calling anyone Father but God? I can mention other issues that make me feel very uncomfortable but to be honest I feel that I would do better in another denomination because I wasted many years trying to realize myself in the RCC. Perhaps God is calling me somewhere else. I have friends from different denominations and they all claim to be in the truth. I’ve decided to study the Bible to try to figure out the true doctrines therefore I’ve bought the New Inductive Study Bible. It’s a Bible that gives you the chance to study and search for yourself about the truth without being brainwashed from one denomination or another.
You sound like one who has been pretty thoroughly indoctrinated by fundamentalist error and you really do need to get into those articles on the very topics that you mention.
I also agree with you that you need to get into your Bible, but before you get all excited about that new Bible, I’d check to see if it is defective…In that if it has less than 73 books in it then you have been sold one that does not conform to the Bible of the early church, and that’s just plain not right.
Quit beating yourself up about celibacy and the priesthood my friend, if you can’t hack it then you are not called to it. That’s part of discerning a vocation. I know I was never called to be a priest and that is part of the reason why. It’s no shame or sin, it’s just not my job, and God has other things for me (and you) to do.
It’s perfectly scriptural though, regardless of the opinions of our n-C cousins.
"10 His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.11 Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it. "
1st Corinthians 7:6-9
"6 But I speak this by indulgence, not by commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that. 8 But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I. 9 But if they do not contain themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to be burnt." (Emphasis mine)
My dear Adriano…it’s not about us feeling “comfortable”, it’s about our being obedient to Our Lord and the church that He established…as opposed to some form of “Christianity lite”.
All that "wealth you mentioned… you really should check out the Vatican’s own website and read their financial statements for yourself. They haven’t broke even since 2000 and the 2004 report isn’t out yet. Most of that “wealth” is between the envious and malicious ears of anti-Catholic critics. I know all this because I just had to look it all up (on The Vatican’s own website) to clear up an allegation like this on another forum.
Calling a priest Father is not forbidden by the NT, and anyone who tells you that is not telling you the truth.
Look this over: Call No Man Father
My friend there are very good answers to all these things and please feel free to PM me with anything that you may not wanna deal with out in the open forums. You’re in the right place…just stick around!