I'm interested in learning more about The Catholic Church and what Catholics believe. Do you know of any good resources I could go to for this?
Catholicism for Dummies - It may sound totally stupid, but this was the first book I read when I began discerning converting to Catholicism. It really gave me the framework of the Church; more practical matters like the Papacy and why we do certain things at Mass, more so than theological matters.
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - This is an extremely condensed version of the CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church), which can feel overwhelming from the moment you open it. This tells you exactly where the Church stands on social teachings like abortion and divorce, what the Sacraments are, a breakdown of the Mass, teachings on moral conscience and man’s relationship with God, etc. The Compendium breaks things down in a way that is easy to… digest, if you will.
Word on Fire, or Ascencion Press (Father Mike Schmitz) - If you’re not much of a reader, or you don’t really have time for it, I would suggest looking up videos by Father Mike Schmitz and Word on Fire ministries. The videos are usually short, and contain easy language that non-Catholics and even derp-Catholics like myself can understand.
Reach out to your local parish - Most Catholic parishes have what’s called an RCIA program, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This series of classes teaches you all about the faith. This is the place where they can best answer your questions about the Church, our beliefs, WHY we believe certain things. And if you decide that you want to become Catholic, they take you through the process of preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism (if you haven’t already been baptized), Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Disclaimer: If you decide along the process that you do NOT want to become Catholic, you’re not going to have a priest or some little old ladies banging down your door.
Hope that helps to get you started! Of course, I have no doubt that some of my awesome, more Catholicy-Catholic friends are going to reblog this with their own helpful suggestions. *nudgenudgewinkwink* <3 Best of luck, my friend, on whichever path God calls you!