We went. Nevertheless, it was a mammoth step for a Protestant pastor, all the more so because I’ve never thought of myself as a courageous person. What grace! If you believed liberals, most Catholics who leave the church would be joining mainline churches, like the Episcopal church. Regardless of the particularities of Newman’s conversion and the historically well-worn journey from Canterbury to Rome, however, there does seem to be something unique—and if you are a Protestant, uniquely unsettling—about the recent trend of what we might call “conversionitis.” In thus labelling it, of course, we hardly mean to dismiss or pooh-pooh it. Too many claimed that, "Since Vatican II, a Protestant doesn't need to convert. In the decade from … I reached a major low in my life – and I picked up the Rosary. Journeys Home 1 & 2, available now from The Coming Home Network, contain the stories of men and women who, having surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, heard a call to follow Him more deeply into full communion with His Catholic Church.Contributors include Marcus Grodi, Fr. (I have a friend who told me he loved the physical and psychological preparation he went through to go to Viet Nam. He resolved three of the four long ago, but struggled the most with Mary, finally accepting the teaching on her just because the church taught it. If you would like to put a picture beside your username (an avatar), simply go to My Profile, click on the picture already there (Mystery Man) and replace it with your chosen image. It marks a soul out as very special IMHO. “inclusive language” and the acceptance of homosexuality on spurious grounds). And because of the narrow focus of our Protestant lives and work, we knew few Catholics, lay or clergy. He once gave a speech about this experience, discussing some of the doctrinal issues with which he grappled at the time. His delivery is relevant and engaging. We address these issues and the erroneous thinking which led to his conversion to Catholicism. I was totally amazed as I read these writings from the first few centuries that, as it turns out, the early church looks a lot like Catholicism! At the age of 20, I began going with my now wife. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Continue to Twelve Reasons a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic: The First Reason. Actually it was a Catholic Truther who invited me to the society’s parish in Glasgow. But I did persevere with the rosary and on Our Lady’s birthday I went to the Holy Cross Bookshop in London (now closed, I think) to get a book on Our Lady, where I met an old-school Jesuit priest (now gone to his eternal reward) who got talking to me and I think he realised that here was another post-Vatican II casualty. March 2, 2017. I was totally amazed as I read these writings from the first few centuries that, as it turns out, the early church looks a lot like Catholicism! We were both conditionally Confirmed. She said she would explain more in an upcoming video, which she released a few days later. Well! I could have lapsed but around this time I found out about FSSPX via Catholic Truth. Editor’s note: This two-part series explores why some evangelicals have chosen to convert to other branches of Christianity, namely Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism. I’m delighted that Catholic Truth was able to help you find the SSPX and the Traditional Latin Mass – that’s wonderful. Dwight Longenecker, Steve Ray, Dr. Peter Kreeft, David Anders, and many more. (I have a friend who told me he loved the physical and psychological preparation he went through to go to Viet Nam. Change ). People will sometimes ask whether there are things about Protestantism that I miss and I answer yes, there are, especially in traditional Protestant worship. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The homily that Sunday: the New Mass. And they don’t go along with anything new!” “Ok then!”. In the end, Norma never had an abortion. I was received without conditional Baptism, as the ecumaniacs in the diocese I live in declared almost all Protestant baptisms valid without exception. A Protestant pastor's first rosary Javier Ordovas - published on 11/03/16 After converting to Catholicism and losing his family, he prayed the rosary awkwardly… and it worked a miracle. Twelve Reasons a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic: The First Reason. ( Log Out / But a group of Pentecostals in Arizona are coming “home to Rome” through Constantinople, leaving their Assembly of God church for the Byzantine Catholic Church. We’ll be publishing another one of his reasons every week, so stay tuned! As the vice grew, it reached a point where I could no longer continue. Converting from Protestant to Catholic: 7 Things That Stayed the Same. I don’t care about the rest. Protestant pastor gets praise from Catholics for his comments on Holy Communion. A couple months after this, our NO priest who occasionally said the Traditional Mass for the diocese invited my wife and I, who were now married. I would love to know what led you to become a Catholic and why you were later tempted to lapse…. Norma McCorvey teaches us that we need not be defined by our past. Protestant Issues. I took my wife out for coffee. Most married pastors who convert face serious challenges afterwards. I have to say, it began a process. Great is your reward!” I must say she put both a new, but ancient, light on my predicament. Even in my twenties when I lived in Washington and Paris and Cairo I sought a Protestant church every Sunday to attend, not out of duty, but because I wanted to be there. consuela May 29, 2004, 11:55pm #1. In 1998, she became a Catholic convert and has worked to overturn Roe v. Wade. The work of the Holy Spirit can leave a person dumbfounded. He agreed that there was grave enough reason to perform a Conditonal Baptism. I’d forgotten that – I think you told us that before, about Boris being baptised a Catholic. Why did we believe what we did? I knew that there had been a change of mind and heart on the part of “Roe” but hadn’t read any details before. There can be no other reason for blogging here. Protestant pastors, evangelists, youth leaders, and lay ministers are acutely aware that conversion experiences in Protestant settings often lead to a Protestant faith and church membership. Finally! I miss the anthems, hymns and congregational singing. I felt sane again! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is yet another important step for a Protestant in their conversion to the Catholic Church. Hello Gentlemen, this was a great episode! Finally, here was Catholicism that I had always studied! He sorted out problems regarding my reception of the sacraments (i.e. . She was pregnant with her third child and wanted end her pregnancy, but she was not aware of all the implications of abortion or even what the term itself meant. I think this is a really interesting topic. This is awesome! As a Protestant convert to Catholicism whose journey culminates a week from today, at the Easter Vigil, I have some experience, oddly enough, in how to become a Catholic. Seven years ago, I myself was an emotional and excited Protestant convert to Catholicism (though also a revert, as my parents left the Church shortly after my first communion). My favourite convert is a friend who became a Catholic after years of reading about Fatima. However, due to the increasing number of trolls afflicting this blog, it is very much at the discretion of the site administrator as to whether or not your comments continue to be pre-moderated. He also discusses how Our Lady led him to love faith. The truth is, I’m still finding reasons for being a Catholic which I couldn’t have imagined earlier, so richly laden is the treasury which Catholicism holds. I later joined a parish RCIA group to help others coming into the Church and it was atrocious, and I started to see the problems – I think most of those who went through that course eventually lapsed and I’m not surprised. Why does the Bible say so? When I was in the fifth grade the members of my class were asked to write a short story on any subject of our choosing. We need a break from Covid and tyrannical governance so get typing those conversion stories and related issues – and that’s an order! And the homily blew us away. I understand that I'm a Christian either way and the basic faith is the same. The rock music, tube tops, old ladies handing out Communion rubbed us more and more the wrong way, and so for my birthday, we went to the diocesan Latin Mass. Points to add from a protestant looking in, from a lady’s perspective: She wanted at all cost to remain in the parish she grew up in, and became more and more uncomfortable with the constant talk of Latin and chant and incense. This is awesome! Aren’t their Confessions invalid? A Protestant who truly loves God could well take the comparison of church interiors as a conversion starting point: utter barren emptiness vs. the fullness of devotion displayed in statues, murals, paintings, flickering votive candles everywhere, kneelers, a fully dressed altar, the solemnity, the chant and incense, vestments…. I had been attending the Protestant sect in which I had grown up, but the dark cloud of cultural Marxism had descended on this sect to the point of revulsion (e.g. I dropped out of a Protestant seminary, enrolled in RCIA, and delved deep into the Catechism, Catholic theology, and Catholic literature. Here’s another example of how these robed and mitred infiltrators are attempting to destroy holy mother Church from within. It takes real courage to be a Protestant minister and address your congregation with the news "I am converting to Catholicism". I may be behind the times, but I fail to see how a child can be raised a Catholic if his parents are not Catholics and if they are living in a (how can I put it) irregular personal “relationship” situation? In 1995, a pro-life group moved into the same building as the abortion clinic, leading to a series of encounters between Norma and pro-life activists. To convert a protestant pastor. What grace I have been given to be here! I have listed below twelve reasons for my decision. Keith Nester, the above speaker, made me wonder just how many people turn away from the Church due to the obstacles identified in the video. We had casually arranged to meet sometime, and I’d more or less forgotten about it, but just like the good shepherd that he was, he turned up on my doorstep one evening (having come some considerable way) with a catechetical book by St Thomas Aquinas that he thought would be helpful. The first things that were given to me by a good friend was a rosary, a little booklet on how to pray it, a Green Scapular and the classic book by Mgr Eugene Boylan called ‘This Tremendous Lover’. ( Log Out / Eventually, she started going to church, and began to reject her past involvement with the pro-abortion movement. Click the link for more information. Well! Scott Hahn is a well-publicized Presbyterian convert to Catholicism..."out of the frying pan and into the fire." Shortly after I was “received”, I began to wear the Brown Scapular. These are all breath-taking conversion stories! What does converting from Catholic to Protestant entail? I went through the same preparation in 1969 and felt I had descended into hades.) She said “I was my children to be Catholic. Watch Full Story After so much prayer, my wife and I decided to stay with the True Mass in the diocese. Each time I am struck at the utter emptiness of these places, including an Episcopal church, allegedly the Protestant sect closest to the Faith. Dr. Scott Hahn is a renown bible scholar, and Catholic convert. It is a very simple process, so you can change the image if you decide it’s not what you want. In the 1980’s, she became involved in the abortion movement. Why do so many Catholic leaders fail to see this? The hypocrisy is breathtaking. Dr. Hahn, a evangelical pastor, was radically converted to Catholicism and soon after his “conversion story,” recorded onto cassette tapes, started being passed around. “I am a former Protestant minister. What grace! I was afraid I might be slipping into schism … and the. I wrote a tale, set in the Middle Ages, of a surprise visit by the pope to a monastery. Don't make an unnecessary mess of your life. Dr. Norman McCrummen September 12, 2017 5 Comments. And now here I am, a teacher at a Society school, my children attend a Society school, and I am a Third Order member of the SSPX. I wish that I were greeted and hailed by the pastor … Why did God say that, for instance, marriage is between a man and a woman, and not between those of the same sex? especially if he begins teaching Catholic doctrine. I want to be clear: For me to do something so against my rearing and profession was not the result of any natural ability or the predilection of my personality. Whether you have to re-examine some long-held assumptions, lose your friends, or even lose your job, it’s not a minor life event. Elizabeth Altham. When you are converting from Protestant to Catholic, there are a lot of changes, some of them really huge. That a Protestant boy in the Deep South who knew only three Catholics should chose such a subject shocks me to this day. Yeah. That particular grace came to me by the Spirit’s using my love for reading and history and travel and architecture and music to draw me into the Church founded by Christ. Jesus said to be exceedingly glad when people revile you and say all manner of evil things against you falsely for His sake! Journeys Home 1 & 2, available now from The Coming Home Network, contain the stories of men and women who, having surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, heard a call to follow Him more deeply into full communion with His Catholic Church.Contributors include Marcus Grodi, Fr. See more ideas about catholic, ewtn, catholic church. She claimed that the Texas statutes were unconstitutionally vague and that they abridged her right of personal privacy. He studied Protestant theology and became pastor of an Assemblies of God community. Hundreds of Protestant pastors have converted to Catholicism! As I was, myself, in the process of converting, Mr. Keith Nester’s YouTube videos helped me to understand some of the nuanced parts of Catholicism that cradle Catholics take for granted. Despite all the rabid answers here, here are two good reasons for the Protestant to convert to Catholicism (I’m a convert from a Protestant denomination myself): (1) It is true. This latter will simply make use of whatever morsels of Christian repsectability these clerical disciples of Satan put at their disposal. Seven years ago, I myself was an emotional and excited Protestant convert to Catholicism (though also a revert, as my parents left the Church shortly after my first communion). I was to learn quickly. No natural law, no moral law, no eternal law – just because. The question is more than understandable, and the answer, whether given briefly or not, is a story of astonishing grace. Just shows how devious the left is in keeping those nuggets quiet. 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