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Offline wainscottbl

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Christianity as a way of life
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:34:20 AM »
So I have mentioned I started out as Mormon from age 12 to age 19 when I converted to Catholicism. Mormonism really is a cult and is not Christian as all here pretty much know. Having experience of it personally it really is not as bad as people make out in practical terms--in terms of theology it certainly is problematic, but as a religion itself it's appealing if you just want a church to socialise and all that. That's what brings people in, especially people turned away from liturgical religions because they seem to "Catholic".

Anyway I converted to Catholicism but was turned away from the liberalism. So I found the Latin Mass early on. I began by going to the "indult" as it was then and then eventually the SSPX. The SSPX has a lot of good points but I think it is problematic. It puts on in a certain mindset that they are the Catholic Church, even though they say they are not but submit to Rome. But they only do so when they want, choosing to follow the canons when they see it as traditional, and choosing to disobey them when they see fit. But one gets into this idea, at least I did, that Christianity is about being "traditional" rather than living the Gospel. I think for me it was a desire to go against the false sort of piety one finds in evangelical youth groups like I was part of, even as a Mormon, with friends. The idea of "being saved" and "a personal Lord and Saviour". Christ certainly is our personal Lord and Saviour, but the way the evangelicals make it sound is well meaning but problematic. Anyway getting  out of the SSPX I have escaped this pride of not seeking to live the Gospel first. Even if I decide to stick with Catholicism I do not think I will ever go back to the SSPX or any such group. I will stick with the "approved" Latin Mass or an Eastern Catholic church if I have one near by. Otherwise I will just stomach the Novus Ordo and try to live as a Christian. When one does this the virtuous life is much easier. Even with all my sins I realize this now, looking into Orthodoxy.

Curious anyone else with experience of being in the SSPX--I know we have one or two here at least--see it this way more or less?
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Re: Christianity as a way of life
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 08:11:55 AM »
If you live in the DC or Toronto areas, I recommend Holy Transfiguration Melkite church or St. Elias Ukrainian church, respectively.  They have a fully Orthodox parish life but remain canonically Catholic.  So if you want to live Orthodox, but are not comfortable with leaving the Catholic church, these would be good choices.  I've heard good things about the Russian Catholic parishes as well, but haven't been to any so I can't say.