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How does an adult go about converting from the Catholic religion to the Protestant religion?

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2009-08-07 04:07:04
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== == Answer First, be certain that you do actually want to become Protestant. Make sure that you have identified all the things that you are unhappy with as a Catholic. If necessary make a list. Then do two things. First, speak to your Catholic priest and ask him to discuss the issues you are troubled by - don't necessarily tell him you may have to leave the church and give him the opportunity to advise you on what's troubling you. Second, take you list to a Protestant clergyman. Ask to speak personally with him to discuss your concerns. Once you have spoken to both comes the hard bit. Now you must pray to God for guidance and you must trust in the way you are led. One other thing, be aware that within Protestantism there are very wide differences of belief and practice. For example in Anglicanism you will find a whole range of practices similar to Catholicism. Generally speaking there is little similarity with Catholic practice in the Baptist or Methodist churches. Answer A way to convert is how my Grandfather did. He left the Catholic Church and began going to a Protestant church and then was baptized as an adult. Also we aren't disgraced Catholics our way of worshiping is different but our God is the same as is our faith, the Catholic way isn't the only way. Leaving the Church of one's youth is a huge step: a Catholic may be disappointed, perplexed, or frustrated with someone or something within the Church, or they may be weary of temptation and tribulation. Whatever the reason, or reasons, when anyone is considering undertaking a big step such as this, isn't prayer always the best first recourse throughout the entire process? "Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5) were the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to some friends who were in perplexity. Mary lovingly encouraged these people to go to Jesus and ask for His help and direction. Catholics - even Catholics thinking of leaving the Church - still go to Mary His Mother to seek her loving guidance and encouragement, which is still always, "Do whatever He tells you." She is still your mother, and will guide and inspire you to approach Jesus to seek His will . . . even if a part of you may believe that you can't, or that you already did, or that you don't know how, or that you're not sure you want to. "Do whatever He tells you." Go to Mary in prayer. Seek her motherly advice and counsel. Implore her assistance to find the way to Jesus. Listen to what she says. This would be a first step for any Catholic facing a life-changing decision. A person may simply go to another church. If he/she decides to join another denomination e.g. Methodist, then they are no longer considered to be a Catholic. This possibility is recognised by the Catholic Church. In its canons regarding marriage number 1124 states: "Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two baptized persons of whom one is baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it after baptism and has notdefected from it by a formal act and the other of whom is enrolled in a Church or ecclesial community not in full communion with the Catholic Church." The fact Canon Law recognises that a person may defect from the Catholic Church by a formal act (e.g. joining another church) clearly indicates that a person may leave. Having said this, there is no one "Protestant religion"; rather there are hundreds of different denominations, and they believe a wide variety of things e.g. Baptists believe in the literal reading of The Bible (God did make the Universe in 6 days and evolution is incorrect); Pentecostalists believe it is important to speak in tongues (which Baptists condemn); Calvinists believe that human beings are totally corrupt while Methodists do not; Anglicans believe that only ordained clergy may celebrate the sacraments while members of the Salvation Army don't have sacraments; and Christian Scientists believe illness can be cured by faith (no need for doctors).

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