another straw ...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 27, 2007

... and snap goes another camel's back. High-toned gibberish about "exercising restraint" has proven too much for this hard-pressed Episcopalian. He understands full well his welcome will include a lot of pointless spiritual misery ladled into his cup by his new brethren. He knows what the stakes are.

So it's off to Rome for me. I do not labor under the illusion all is milk and honey on the other side of the Tiber. It is not, the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the United States, is beset with woes, lousy liturgy and music being among the less egregious. But the Holy Catholic Church possesses something the Episcopal Church does not: sound doctrine, along with a Pope (especially the present one) and magisterium to ensure that it remains so. Sound doctrine will make it possible for me (I pray) to tolerate Masses where the priest sits in the Captain Kirk chair while the miasmal excrescences of Marty Haugen and David Haas waft into the nave. And while my heartbreak over what happened to the Episcopal Church will remain with me to the end of my days (as I suspect it will for Fr. Kimel), at the same time I look forward with great joy to embracing the full Catholic Faith. I ask your prayers.

RCIA is now the lion athwart his path. Let's hope he gets past it.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2007 7:58 PM ET USA

    Well, dear heart, I am sorry about "miasmal excesences " you'll have to tolerate. But true conversion is about validity of Apostolic succession and validity of the Sacraments.Why is it that no one "swimming the Tiber" ever brings up first and foremost the validity of the Sacraments? This is the reason I am a Catholic. I partake of the real Presence. the Confessional, and all of the gifts of Christ present in the real priesthood. I don't think you realize how annoying this tack can be.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 9:01 AM ET USA

    There is no requirement to go through the RCIA to enter the Catholic Church. When I converted in 1994 I did not enter via RCIA; I was instructed by several holy priests and when they determined I was ready I was received into the Church. In many respects I was an old style catechumen and I enjoyed every moment of my instructions and private study. Those priests I mentioned told me to avoid the RCIA due to lack of Scriptural emphasis, a "dumbed down" curriculum, and squishy theology.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 8:33 AM ET USA

    Having leapt across the Tiber at age 19, before Vatican II, I can truly say that I have never looked back.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 8:14 AM ET USA

    Hmm.....the Episcopalians are talking of "exercising restraint." What they need to do is "exercise virtue." My prayers are with the brave soul who is returning home. Thanks be to God!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2007 7:11 PM ET USA

    And mine. And a further bit of advice: If you can stand stuff like 'Sicut Cervus' by Palestrina and Gregorian Chant (by folks long, long ago) there are little crevices and niches. You needen't abide 'miasmal excrescences of Marty Haugen and David Haas' or put up with the incessant drizzle and drivel of 'inclusive' (no! not you you testosterone sponge!) language. Latin helpful, but not necessary.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2007 6:11 PM ET USA

    I promise he has my prayers, for one. And one bit of advice, from one who crossed the Tiber lo these many years now. Do your best to ignore the St. Louis Jesuits, Sister Toolin &al. Just repeat to yourself, over and over: ex opere operato. You are Home, for better or for worse.