I'm not an actual Catholic, but when I considered between the RCC and OC, I swayed to the RCC side.
What I don't understand is why God won't just say, "Be Catholic" or "Be Orthodox".
Both Churches have wonder-working saints and holy people and the sacraments and traditions.
How can wicked sinners make a conscious decision?
Maybe both sides have things to learn from each other...
I struggled with these thoughts before I converted. Ultimately, you have to put your faith in God and believe that He is leading you to the right place. If you feel an undeniable pull to Orthodoxy, that just might be where you belong.
My criterion are based on the Fathers. Irenaeus said: "Should we not have recourse to the most ancient churches, wherein the succession of the presbyters has been set up and the tradition has been maintained?" The quote isn't verbatim, but it's what I look for. The most ancient Churches where the tradition has been faithfully maintained.
I am more aligned with Orthodoxy than Catholicism on this basis. The only thing that would get me to be RC at this point, would be a very
convincing explanation of Papal supremacy.
And having read many apologetics on the Papacy, I don't see that happening. But, who knows?
when it is pretty biblical as to how Christ established the Church on Pope St. Peter.
claim again. The problems I have with this claim is
1) 'The Pope' didn't exist until the third century, he was the Bishop of Alexandria, not the Bishop of Rome. 'Pope' was simply a title.
2) Christ establishing His Church on Peter's Faith (which the Orthodox Church would see as 'the Orthodox Faith') is what the majority of the Church Fathers testify to as to Matthew 16:18's interpretation. Including St. Augustine. (See For Example
and 3) St. Peter was Bishop of Antioch
before he was Bishop of Rome, why should I accept Rome's claim that it's Bishop is the sole
successor to St. Peter, when that's historically untrue? Why chose Rome over Antioch?