From a protestant radio host, Alan Hunt I think, "we are getting your bad Catholics, you are getting our good Protestants".<quoted text>
She will always be a Catholic. Indelible seal of anointment at her baptism. She is just one confession away from coming back.
She will be like thousands of similar stories when she gets through with her contraceptive days and the feeling of false comfort because of sole fida and she wakes up in Church and says is this worship? Is listening a a man speak for 40 minutes worship? Her hunger for the body and blood of Christ will bring her back as she gets older.
At judgement day, you can claim ignorance. Probably wont work because you know enough to blaspheme God's Church. She can't use that one.
That teaching is hard and they no longer followed Jesus.
I can name some too.
believe that conversion stories uniquely fill this role. In them, people can follow the journeys of others just like themselves who have already traveled this path. They can relate to the internal and external struggles, the questions and even the doubts. The stories also give a glimpse of the joy of discovery and peace of finally coming home.
One such story is presented in Allen Hunts new book Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor. Allen is no typical convert (is there really such a thing?). He was a United Methodist pastor here in Atlanta. Not just any pastor, but the senior pastor the force behind Mount Pisgah. It is one of the largest Methodist congregations in the world with 15,000 members. Academically, Allens credentials include a Yale Ph.D. in New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins.
What motivates such a successful, educated, highly respected, deeply loved Protestant pastor at the peek of his career to leave it all behind and become a Catholic layperson? Without giving away the story, it is basically the same reason many Protestant clergy before him have given so succinctly summarized:
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.