Cafeteria Catholic . . .
Catholic again after six years of questioning — but it didn't last long...
Not too long ago (between 2006 and 2009) I changed my views regarding the Catholic Church after a concentrated study of the Church Fathersand Church History.Some background: In becoming Catholic in 2002 I dutifully accepted whatever they said was true,but after four years my sensibilities were offended and I could no longer overlook the difficulties.I became an on-fire, born-again, radically-saved, orthodox cafeteria Catholic (but not of the liberal variety) — a true Christian.
In only lasted for three months. After studying Catholic documents(Canon Law, Catechisms, Councils, Papal Encyclicals, etc.) and noticing the abundance of contradictions and errors, I could no longer remain loyal to that system. So I'm again, and finally, an on-fire, born-again, radically-saved, orthodox cafeteria Catholic (but not of the liberal variety).
Three metaphors for the Church as an institution. Notice the common theme: an institution is untainted by the bad behavior of its members and leaders...
Just so, Jesus established the institution of the Church through the apostles for various purposes. He is not happy with the bad conduct of various leaders throughout history and into the present, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, true doctrinehas been determined and developed.Catholics of today should feel blessed to have a church to belong to, and they can happily obey the disciplinary dictates of church leaders.
But these metaphors have a fatal flaw — Catholic claims are simply not true.Catholics should reject error, sin, abuse, corruptions, wickedness, and every other invasion of the powers of darkness into this institution. Catholics should disobeywhen their leaders command them to do things against the gospel (including a wrong emphasis on non-essentials).