I have to thank my virtuous Baptist grandmother for introducing me to the virtue of religion. When the Baptists said one had to be baptised to be saved I eventually called a number on the TV to order a free King James Bible. It was from the Mormons of course and being twelve they naturally talked to my mother. But I was "baptized" with her into their Church and believed it.
But a desire to be some sort of minister or even a priest because of a nostalgic affection I had for Catholicism, or what I thought of it from movies like The Godfather turned me towards the Catholic Church. I did the horrible RCIA classes with two liberal nuns in pants. I cannot remember what we learned but it was not the Creed. We did not learn by going through the Creed. But luckily I had done my own research and quickly turned to the traditional movement after my baptism. I first attended the indult mass and even spent time considering the priesthood with the Institute of Christ the King, but realising I liked the girls too much I decided the priesthood was not for me--since the Roman Catholics have celibate priests. In any case I decided to take sides with the SSPX.
I still remained a trad Catholic, but last summer I had a dark night. I went months without Mass or the sacraments, though I still blamed. In July I had a second case of status epiletus , a type of long lasting seizure that can be fatal. I was in a coma for three days and in the hospital for three. As soon as I got out I went to a traditional chapel near my home and made my confession to a good priest. By then the SSPX had been having in-fights. Bishop Fellay, the head of the SSPX had been talking with Rome, and some priests had spoken out against them and been expelled. I supported this resistance but I did not like all the division it created. I was yearning for unity among the Catholic Church. I knew there was a problem, but I hated being in these little parishes. Especially because I wanted to find a wife and all the girls were either too young, married already or they. Some of the bigger SSPX parishes had women, but though the fellowship was good, I felt like this was not proper.
So to shorten this all up I began considering Eastern Orthodoxy. I always have liked Russian culture and literature and have been using Russia Today as my news source for a year or so. The gorgeous Russian girls telling the news and the lack of dishonesty found on most other news stations is nice. Also I like Putin a lot. I've read Crime and Punishment at least three times. Love Russian stuff. Also love Middle Eastern stuff. Still a big fan of Western European literature, especially Dante, as well as the art and music. But as I have began looking into what really matters, questions of truth, I began seeing that the Filioque issue had problems, as does the papal thing. Also though I believed in Fatima, I did always have trouble with this God bent on punishing the world with wars and destruction if it did not do all these Rosaries and penance. I prayed for the conversion of Russia though because I loved Russia and thought she seemed to be the best nation right now in Christendom, even if she is secular and was once communist. At least Russia has made some laws against sodomy! And I just love Russia, so I was praying for her conversion. But of course considering Orthodoxy I had to wonder about Fatima, and what I have read about the problems with it making God bent on destruction has a point. I am still doing my research, but I plan on attending some Orthodox classes starting next month at a Greek Orthodox parish up in the city. I want to attend an Russian Orthodox Church, but the nearest one is three hours or so away up in Cincinnati. Now it really comes down to truth though. The authority of the Roman Catholic Church lies on the papal claim. The rest of their claim comes from that. My research begins to make me doubt the claims. One thing I will miss is my devotion to Thomas More if I convert, especially since I want to be a lawyer. Well, we will see what happens.
What do I like about Orthodoxy: The beautiful and ornate liturgy, which surpasses even the best Latin Masses as well as the simple way of praying and uniting with God rather than the more complicated way of the West, which has so many devotions and manners that you do not know which way to go. If I convert I will still love my Western culture that Catholicism formed and can never stop loving my Dante. But well that's my first post. Rather long. Sorry.