My point in starting this thread is that, though I do not judge individual Catholics, I've finally lost all attachments to the Catholic faith that were conditioned into me in childhood.
This particular mass is just one example of how far off the Roman Church is from ever being reconciled to Orthodoxy, due to its breaking from not only Apostolic Tradition but the clear teaching of Scripture.
I did not leave the Catholic Church behind, the Catholic Church left me behind.
I don't believe it is fair to judge all Catholic clergy based on your experience in one Mass. (Please understand, I am not
encouraging you to return to Mass.)
If you were to watch EWTN, (Mother Angelica's station) and observe the conventual Mass and listen to the homilies, you would have the understanding to make a more balanced judgement. There is adherence to the Scriptures in the authentic Catholic Church, there are true Catholics and then there are those who have departed from authentic Catholicism but say that they are the
I believe we are in the early stages of a great shaking in all the institutionalized churches, those who have said one thing and practiced another will be exposed, apostasy and worldliness will over run personal holiness and a living out of the gospels.
But there will be a remnant that is orthodox in belief and practice, in the RC, and EO, and we will know one another by the Spirit.
I believe it is wise to know one another by the spirit
, to form strong convictions in recognizing error, no matter who is teaching it, which you have done.
But may I say, that in your life there is nothing
more important than the practice of your faith. From this practice pour forth all the graces necessary to lead a life pleasing to God, strengthening in adversity, and filled with His blessings, a good wife included. Please consider making Saturday night a preparation
for Sunday morning, even if it means finding another job, or saying "no" to promising invitations. God will honor your faithfulness in ways you could never in this moment imagine.
I would have to agree with you that, I did not leave the Catholic Church behind, the (pseudo) Catholic Church left me behind. But I also hold out the hope that Christ is reforming His Bride, and will bring her to Himself without spot, wrinkle or blemish.
May He bless you in your faithfulness,