Why Would Someone Convert to Catholicism?

A group of Anglican priests, who considered themselves members of the world Catholic community and hoped for a different answer, passed away and converted to Catholicism. The Catholic Church saw itself struggling with the rest of the world and sought to attract its converts to controversy, but more often than not they held heavy intellectual debt to their Protestant past and could not abandon their personal and intellectual heritage.

People often convert to Catholicism when they recognize massive errors in Protestantism, and they look for a Christian alternative. These seekers are often unaware of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, so they turn to Catholicism instead because it appears to be the most obvious choice.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries showed unequivocally that the Catholic Church chose to step out of the river of modern intellectual life rather than float in the middle of the river, despite the hopes of Newman, Brownson, Hecker and many other converts.

Catholicism Is Intellectual

Although for three or four generations they were very influential in the Catholic Church, playing a crucial role in the transformation of English-speaking Catholicism, they could not stop or reverse the dominant intellectual trends of their time. Many of their contemporaries viewed the idea of ​​a “Catholic intellectual” as a contradiction in terms, believing that the oppressive Roman Church prohibited freedom of thought.

Although I grew up among Catholics, I knew little about their faith other than belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I grew up in a predominantly non-religious family where my father left a Catholic upbringing and my mother grew up in a non-denominational church.

I have been studying in RCIA class since September; a class for adults who intend to convert to or join the Catholic Church. This is an overview of a local Catholic church that participates in an adult Christian initiation ceremony that includes class attendance, baptism, and confirmation during the Passover Vigil.

A person comes into full communion with the Catholic Church through the acceptance of the three sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism, confirmation and the Holy Eucharist, but the process by which a person becomes a Catholic can take different forms.

How People Become Catholic

The first formal step towards becoming a Catholic begins with the rite of entry into the catechumenate, in which the unbaptized express their desire to become Christians. Those who have been legally baptized outside the Church become Catholics, professing the Catholic faith and being officially accepted into the Church.

From that moment on, catechumens became Catholics and were welcomed in full communion with the church. When an adult convert enters a Catholic or Orthodox church, he is confirmed immediately after baptism, during which a clergyman smears his forehead with olive oil (or, in the case of Byzantine Christians, his forehead, Eyes, nostrils, mouth, etc.).) Ears, breasts, arms and legs), inviting the Holy Spirit to use his gifts to confirm new converts. If a person is baptized as an adult, it will be a conversion event, but how a person maintains a part of the tradition or changes or changes the tradition is also a conversion process. Although RCIA ended with church dedication, the conversion process did not end.

The usual way people convert is the so-called upgrade, which means you are more or less committed to your current traditions. For theistic traditions—Islam, Judaism, Christianity—have the idea of ​​a relationship with God, and this relationship is not static. On the one hand, we can say that everyone in the sky is a Catholic, because the Catholic Church is the body of Christ and the home of God, and everyone in the sky is a member of the same family.

Because Catholicism is first a meeting with a person, Jesus Christ, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). To know this person is to know the truth, which gives meaning to all other truths in our lives. Indeed, as the life of the blessed John Henry Newman shows, the full acceptance of Catholic truth opens up the possibility for the widest range of intellectual encounters.

Organized Religion Isn’t Stupid

In an era when organized religion is often viewed with doubt, ridicule, and even hatred; at a time when it seems that many “religious” people adhere to extreme right-wing politics and bigotry; it may seem crazy at the moment to enter a church that many find outdated, legalistic, and full of scandals. It is surprising to me now to see some of the Catholic myths perpetuated, as I have found that the Church practices the opposite of what it should practice. Overall, I found the Church to be loving, faithful and Christ-centered. And in many ways more Christian than the Protestant churches of my past.

Of course, you should not convert to Catholicism unless you are convinced that the Catholic Church is a church established by Christ and the church in truth and grace. As for those who believe that only Catholics can be saved, this is not the teaching of the church.

Therefore, even the sacrament in a non-Catholic liturgy can be an experience of true piety and deep prayer, which is real and important-but you are not like in the Catholic Church, so you do not get the sacraments. Follow her.

If God gave them enough light to clearly see that the Catholic Church was His true Church, and they deliberately and repeatedly renounced this light, refused to become Catholics, and never repented, then God definitely will not make them live in His family forever – respect our freedom. Evelyn Waugh became a Catholic, by her own admission, “without emotion, but with a clear conviction” —that was true; it should be followed.

Converting to Catholicism

In the early American Catholicism, the fifth Archbishop of Baltimore (actually an American primate) Samuel Eccleston was an Anglican convert and the first Native American saint And Elizabeth Ann Seton, the pioneer of the Catholic school system, too. She converted to Catholicism and later participated in a Catholic pilgrimage to St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iran.

Through further education and deepening the relationship with the local Catholic community, the faith of new Christians is strengthened. The preparation for the church begins at the exploratory stage, at which the unbaptized people begin to recognize the Catholic faith and decide whether to accept it. Preparations for entering the church begin at the investigation stage, at which the unbaptized people begin to learn the Catholic faith and decide whether to accept it.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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