“I began to research Catholicism, and something happened: I got angry. I mean, I got really, really angry. Catholics didn’t do/believe all the shocking stuff I’d been told. It was a Jesus-centered denomination. The doctrines were so old, so deep, so complex and beautiful. It was so Scriptural, shedding light on questions I’d had for so long about baptism and sin. What wasn’t found directly in Scriptural fell under the purview of the Magisterium, a concept that I was unfamiliar with but understood from a coolly logical perspective. “Personal interpretation” was the source of division, not peace.
Once I understood that Luther had removed books of the Bible, I asked myself whether he had the authority to do that. I don’t think he did.
And the Church was old. Really old. Go-back-to-Jesus old. I’d been told that early Christians were “basically evangelical”, but…uh…no, they weren’t. That’s documented fact. The Church didn’t always exist in the paperwork form we know now, but the infant theology did. As soon as it was safe to come out in public, the Catholic Church exploded into being as we know it.
And the Church just plain didn’t budge on moral matters. I respected that before I was Catholic, and I’m grateful for it now.”