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 Post subject: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:27 pm 
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My name is Dawn. My husband was a non-practicing Catholic when we married, who was never confirmed. I was a newly returning Evangelical at the time of our marriage. I was baptised at 21 or 22 and then walked away from the church. I walked away after a few months. I was unchurchrd prior to that. My husband Mike was baptised Catholic and went to Catholic school up to 2nd grade. Mike has maintained a Catholic leaning in many ways but was uncertain of some of the teaching, his Mom had influenced him in more Evangelical ways - she had left the Catholic church. So during our 10 years of marriage, Mike had trouble selecting a church for us. We settled on a Lutheran church because of the similarities to Catholicism. But we soon had to leave when gay unions where being blessed from the pulpit. This left not too many choices - and so we ended up at a PCA church. But Mike began to influence me in his Catholic lean and we even attended Mass at Christmas and I fell in love.

A few months after that Mass, I was at an Elders home and Mike was not present - it was a pre- bible study planning meeting. Several others were there. Many were asked to discuss their backgrounds and one couple mentioned the Episcopal church. So we were on the subject of the liturgy and I mentioned our attendance at midnight Mass. That didn't go over to well, the Elder, a dear man who I love and pray for - admittedly stood up for what he believes (reformed Protestantism). He said it was dangerous to attend Mass and told me to read Bruce Shelley's, Church History in Plain Language.

I went home and discussed this with Mike and then a bit later, at Sunday service, we heard an anti-Catholic message that we did not care for.

These events pushed Mike and I to begin looking deeper into the arguments. We got a copy of "Crossing the Tiber" which I devoured in one week. We read "Evangelical is Not Enough", " No Price too High ". Mike has always read James Jordan and Peter Leithart - he tried to find James and Peter's explanation of the church authority - where Jesus gives Peter the keys to the Kingdom - and he could not submit to their perspectives.

The issue of the authority became one of the most important pieces of the puzzle and then everything else was falling into place.

We began RCIA in September and hope to enter the fullness of the faith at Easter.

I'm still trying to read Mr. Shelley's book to give the Elder of our former church the benefit of the doubt, but I've only gotten to page 70 and I find it daunting to read because there is an obvious slant right from the beginning. But maybe I'm wrong and I'm not understanding Mr. Shelley. Anyway, that's what prompted me to come here. So I posted in the Book section, my questions.

So, that's my story, the short version, believe it or not.

God Bless,
Dawn


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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:18 pm 
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If you have good reason to suspect that Mr. Shelley's book is false, not only do you not owe it to the elder to read it, you have an obligation to yourself to stop reading it.

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:51 pm 
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Welcome to the forums :wave
Looking forward to reading your posts
I agree with Father Kenobi.

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:55 pm 
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Welcome to DCF, Dawn! :wave

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:22 am 
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Welcome Aboard Dawn!! :salut:


And Welcome home!!

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:04 pm 
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welcome home dawn (and mike) ... may you be blessed in your conversion... loved steve ray's crossing the tiber also ... if you ever get the opportunity, go hear him speak... he's a winner 8-) enjoy your stay...you'll find that most of us don't bite ::):

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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:wave Hi, Dawn! Welcome to the board.

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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Welcome aboard, Dawn!

Jackie wrote:
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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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Hello and welcome, Dawn! :wave

In answer to your question, read my signature line. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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Way to go!

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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:05 pm 
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Thank you all for the warm welcome.

Amy,
I like the quote from St. Basco, it's very fitting. :D

God Bless,
Dawn


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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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Hi Dawn! :wave Welcome to DCF.


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 Post subject: Re: New here and converting from Protestant to Catholic
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Welcome to DCF Dawn! :)


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