As of 2010, after months of in depth research, and sincere prayer, I will no longer be attending worship services in any church with official ties to the Bishop of Rome. Needless to say, this is anything but an ‘easy’ decision for me to make; however I have reached the point wherein I can no longer reconcile certain historic data with a couple of non-negotiable elements in the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The first and foremost component which has led to my decision is that I can no longer affirm Papal infallibility, nor the inherit infallibility of the Ecumenical councils. Back in 2002 when I entered the RCC, I was able to acknowledge both via the assistance of Newman’s theory of doctrinal development; however, in the spring of 2008, certain cracks in Newman’s theory began to appear on my ‘radar’ while engaged in some historical research. This research brought to my attention numerous works that I had not been aware of, which I then began to acquire and read. I proceeded to put out some ‘feelers’ with the hope of enlisting the aid of others in my examination of this new information, beginning with THIS THREAD, but alas, no viable alternatives over the next several months were forthcoming; in fact, the efforts put forward by so many anti-Catholic epologists severely hindered the advancements I had been making in my research; and looking back, I know that some of the dismal apologetic methods employed by these epologists actually delayed my decision; but, in spite of such obstacles, I reached a point in my studies that I could no longer use as an excuse the lack of any solid alternatives to Newman’s DD, and had to admit, and affirm, to myself that I could no longer support certain tenants of official Roman Catholicism. Unfortunately, as I briefly mentioned earlier, the support of these official teachings is not negotiable for a faithful Catholic, hence my decision.
Could this decision be in error? In theory, yes, it could be a wrong choice, for I cannot (and never have) make any claim to infallibility; but with that said, I would be lying not only to myself, but to the whole world, if I continued to attend worship services within the RC communion—that is something I cannot in good conscience do at this juncture of my walk with God.
So, as I now search for where God would have me attend worship services, I will continue this little blog of mine—much of the blog’s emphasis will be the same, combating poor apologetics (from whatever source), raising important questions, and reaching out for informative, charitable dialogue.
Your prayers will be greatly appreciated…
Grace and peace,