So it's 2014 and I realized it was in 2004, a decade ago that I decided I wanted to be Catholic. I remember I was Mormon and believed but had always been attracted to the romantic beauty of Catholicism--the liturgy, or what I thought was their liturgy like in the movies. The priests and the whole thing. And for some reason I said in the middle of one night, "I want to be Catholic." I got on the computer, went into the Beliefs Catholic chatroom on AOL and asked how to become Catholic. And someone IMed me and told me to call the parish and ask abut RCIA.
Well although RCIA was horrible I found out quickly about traditional Catholicism. I was baptised at the Novus Ordo at Easter Vigil 2005 but by the end of that year was regularly going to the local Latin Mass. About 2008 I started growing closer to the SSPX, which I had only been attending on occasion. Part of the reason I went there more because of a job--their mass started at 3:00 PM which allowed me to go there right after I got off work and get there during the sermon. You can take communion if you get there before the Mass of the Faithful so it worked out. Ah yes, I spent time with the Institute of Christ the King in 2007, the group that no doubt has the most beautiful Latin masses and a great Salesian spirituality. But I liked the girls in the parish too much and decided celibacy was not for me.
Interesting now ten years later I am considering Orthodoxy, though much more slowly. Catholicism I went right in with full force. Maybe it is because Mormonism was so ridiculous once I examined it objectively. I could have gotten saved at the local Baptist church I went to with my friends instead if it were not for my romantic fancy for Catholicism. But I went to the Baptist church mostly to be with friends, especially the friend that I had a crush on. To me the whole youth group was ridiculous. All these people got saved but their spirituality did not change. They not only stilled sinned but seemed to think that their being "saved" excused it. Plenty of that hypocrisy in Orthodoxy and Catholicism (its a human trait) but the superficial nature of the youth group made it more obvious in the Protestants. No one there had any sense of Christian theology other than. "You're a sinner and you got to be saved or you are going to hell." But I do think my time with the Baptists kept me clean of getting to deep into Mormonism even though I served the Mormon sacrament and everything and went every Sunday.
Now ten years later I am looking into Orthodoxy. I might have done that before had I taken a slower approach and researched Christianity but I think leaving Mormonism you either become atheist, become Protestant, or become Catholic since that makes sense for those who do some research of history if they do it with a Western mind and are ignorant of the Eastern Church. I would not say I have become anti-Catholic and I do not like the term Papist for Roman Catholics but I do find myself critical of how they do things. I especially find frustrating the Scholastic cleverness or sophism as I call it. Or the way Catholic Answers takes issues. Catholic Answers is great for Protestants who think Catholics worship Mary and all that nonsense but I have yet to find a solid refutation of Eastern Orthodoxy. I have found some good ones but I just can't seem to find any real solid ones anywhere. The Orthodox look and criticism of the Latins just makes more sense than the Catholic criticism of the Greeks.
I will miss the beauty of certain Catholic things and if I become Orthodox still get excited when the Pope dies--not because he is dead but because I love the whole excitement of a papal election. I think we all do don't we? And gee the Latin Mass is amazing but I must admit it falls way short of the beauty of the Eastern liturgy. Even the Institute of Christ the King can't measure. What matters is truth though.