I just wanted to say that I know this page is heavily laden
with “Catholic” emphasis. I do not apologize for that. However I also
know that many of my friends and family, whether here or in person, do not
happen to be Catholic. I have my reasons for returning to Rome, and I believe
that they are valid ones. I know too that many of my Protestant
brothers and sisters in Christ walk far closer to the Lord than me. And I would
much rather be a committed Christian than a lukewarm Catholic “half
believer” any day.
I am a Roman Catholic because I have prayed, studied, and come
to believe that the earliest Church Traditions go back to a more Catholic than
Protestant understanding of the Sacred Scriptures. But I am aware this is open
to discussion and in fact needs to be a continuing dialogue between both
Catholic and Protestant Christians. Sometimes we are more concerned with having
“right beliefs” than with taking up our Cross and together walking to Calvary,
and then to the Resurrection, with our Lord.
I pray never to be guilty of this. If any of my posts ever
appear that way then I would humbly ask forgiveness from those who may have
perceived them as such. I do pray for the day when we are VISIBLY united and
may that day come soon–but in the mean time we all, if we love Christ and his
Word, are already united in the Holy Spirit. The rest is up to him as he works
within each of us.
So yes I am a “Catholic Christian.” But firstly I am a Christian. The other points
are all matters which we can discuss, even in a lively way, and have
apologetics discussions anytime, as long as we do so with respect and honesty.
But salvation comes through Christ and his Church–and that Church includes ALL
who have repented (turned away from all known sin) and believe in him as Savior
and Lord– in this context meaning the Lord God, the second person of the Holy
Trinity. That is not only the teaching of the Bible but also of the Catechism
of the Catholic Church. And I stand by it.