Considering it. I am enrolled in RCIA coming this fall, but the first month is a “come and see” month. I am attending mass on a regular basis on Sundays.
The first issue was Sola Scriptura. It sounds great in theory, but it is not practiced, because no one can truly practice it. All churches use traditions to establish doctrines, even if it is a traditional interpretation of scripture, those traditions become beyond questioning, even if on scriptural grounds. What person in the reformed tradition would question the Westminster Confession? To be part of that church, you must interpret scripture in light of the Confession, but that confession is rooted in “sola scriptura” right? Well the Arminians would disagree with you, as would the Lutherans, Wesleyans, and Free Will Baptists.
Sola Scriptura is not a sound doctrine.
The second issue flows from the first, but is seperate, and that is the issue of authority. When I applied for credentials with my denomination, I brought up that I differed on two minor points of doctrine with my church. That was a problem for them, not me. Yet, I was told I had to submit to their interpretation of scripture, not my own. Well, if we are both using the Bible alone, your interpretation is as good as mine. Why should I follow yours? The catholic church can provide much more satisfactory answers to authority questions than any protestant groups.
There are other reasons, but those are the main two. The reason I can’t say that I am 100 percent sure about converting, is that while I reject Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide still makes a lot of sense to me. Luther’s understanding of whether one can lose salvation and assurance, makes the most sense to me…we remain saved and in God’s grace as long as we keep our faith in Christ. We all fall and sin at times, but remained saved if we keep believing in Christ, and we fall away when we cease to believe.
I am dissatisfied with my Baptist upbringing (I reject OSAS as unscriptural) and the Pentecostal faith I had since my teens (a heck of a lot more reasons) and feel drawn to litergical worship. I find Wesley’s acceptance of some church tradition but rejection of other points to be arbitrary (same is true of the Anglicans). Also, the Methodist church seems to have a hard time defining its beliefs on hard issues. So Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican, and Methodist are all out for me. I believe that God can do miracles today, so the reformed tradition is out (I also reject Calvinism) Presbyterian is out for me. What else is left?