After a decade of living within an intense Protestant faith, I decided to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. I have doubts concerning some of its doctrines, dislike many of the things Pope Francis has said as well as the ambiguous way the Church says things, and still harken for a type of hedonistic atheism that would allow me to do what the hell I want, but at the end of the day, I believe having a structured religion is the best way to express my faith. There is no more structured Christianity than what is found in the Roman Catholic Church.
But I am discovering that the Catholic Church has its own fair share of the Progresive sickness. During Mass, prayers are offered to end racism, sexism, and bigotry. Prayers are offered in remembrance of our Muslim brothers and sisters who are seeking a better life in Europe. All war is evil, etc., etc.
As I go through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), I am constantly reminded to take scripture as myth, look for the “real Jesus,” and to stand against racism, sexism, militarism, and nationalism (those are actual terms used). While some discussion is given over to the sacraments, the main purpose is to be on a “faith journey” that may take years while I try to “know Jesus.”
Of course, it all is ambiguous language masking the true intent. I am expected to be a Progressive who attends Catholic Mass. In fact, I learned my local parish is actually working to hinder orthodox / traditionalist Catholics in its midst. After being with my parish for two years and studying the church for that long, I am being denied Confirmation this Easter because the leader of the RCIA feels I am in a different place in my faith journey. I would say there is too much conservatism in me for their tastes.
It might seem a better option to join a conservative denomination, like Southern Baptist or Calvinist Presbyterian or Missouri Synod Lutheran. However, the evangelical Baptists are infected as well as the Calvinists and the Lutherans. Every church has, in small ways, adopted some aspects of the Progressive zeitgeist.
The best thing to do in these dark ages is to take a stand and weather the storm. I am continuing my push for Confirmation as well as repairing other aspects of my life in preparation for the day. Such is the plight of a man in the modern world. I’ve been fighting the Progressive Juggernaut for over a decade and this is just another battle ground.