Because it’s true.
Since the real answer gets long and complicated, I started this blog. But the short answer cannot be overlooked: it was a matter of conscience.I entered the Roman Catholic Church on September 10, 2017, just before the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was seventeen years to the day I began reading the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. The journey had long grown cold when, in the Spring of 2017, I stumbled back onto the trail.
Baptists introduced me to Jesus and taught me to esteem Sacred Scripture. For that I am eternally grateful. I’m asked, But how do you know the Catholic Church is really what it claims to be? Even if abuses in the Church’s hierarchy did not exist, it is not a question answered easily. Corruption in the Church only makes it harder. Apart from daily bad press, five hundred years of schism produced a tangled mess. I hope this blog helps answer the question. Here are links to what I’ve written so far:
How I stumbled back onto the trail after almost seventeen years
The Incarnation changes everything and so the Sacraments are real
A.D. 107: Saint Ignatius of Antioch was catholic?!
Mid-second century: learn what Saint Justin Martyr was taught
Division is a giant clue that leads to Unity
It was a game-changer upon realizing I had been unfair
sola Scriptura: Protestantism’s great (false) assumption
Following the Blessed Virgin Mary’s example (more about sola Scriptura)
Learning from G.K. Chesterton (sola Scriptura again; sorry it’s a big deal)
Three common stages before swimming the Tiber
All I ever truly believed had been Catholic all along
C.S. Lewis helped me see the Eucharist
The Church’s constant teaching since our Lord instituted the Sacred Mysteries
From the gutters of Charing Cross (poetry by Francis Thompson)
More goodness and beauty from Francis Thompson
The long line of heresies is much longer than you thought
Another poem by Francis Thompson
Cardinal Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
More from Cardinal Newman and the Protestants’ favorite Church Father
If we won’t listen to the Apostolic and Church Fathers, why listen to anyone?
Authority versus sola Scriptura; the Church or the individual?
Authority and infallibility
Development’s seamless garment versus lonely outposts cut off from history
Once again, C.S. Lewis helped me find my way home
More help from C.S. Lewis
Again, thanks to C.S. Lewis and The Weight of Glory
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce
Cardinal Newman’s Developments, making perfect sense
This second-century Saint unseats a sixteenth-century heretic
More from Saint Ignatius of Antioch in light of John Calvin’s errors
Still not convinced about sola Scriptura? Then answer these questions.
Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile, Alabama where I came into the Church.
As for me, I know that my vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust. This will happen when my skin has been stripped off, and from my flesh I will see God: I will see for myself, my own eyes, not another’s, will behold him: my inmost being is consumed with longing. Job 19:25-27