Im new here. Hello. My name is Shayne, and I recently entered the Roman Catholic church this last Easter. I can go into this at length if anyone is interested, but I am becoming extremely put off by the lack of orthodoxy, apparition chasing, obvious hoax propagating, MEDJUGORJE LOVING!!!, and general inability to connect with anyone in my parish that is an actual believer in church teaching, that isnt also a superstitious nut job with an unhealthy addiction to unapproved apparitions and fraudulent "seers". I hope I dont sound uncharitable, but I am frankly disappointed. Im not trying to pull a "protestant attitude" and claim im not being "fed", whatever that means, but I am a little let down that no one seems to respect actual orthodoxy(small o), and those that do, are hyper-traditionalists that are border-line fundamentalists that look at me with the utmost suspicion morally.(Im a tattoo artist, and that doesnt go over very well with the latin mass crowd generally) I am really having a hard go at it considering, apart from the obvious disconnect with historical reality and complete lack of sacramental grace, I had a thriving involvement with my last church. We were an off-shoot of Mars Hill Church, the Mark Driscoll type, and though I cant say I agree with them now, I did encounter Christ in a very real way there, and Mark's neo-reformed theological teachings pushed me toward Sproul, which led me to Calvin, which led me to Augustine, etc.
My main issue now is that I am way more drawn to Orthodox spirituality, and long story short, trying to find honest, objective information as to the fact about the Papacy, as well as other make-or-break issues regarding Catholic and Orthodox differences. Both churches have Apostolic succession, miracle claims, especially Lourdes, historical reliability, and valid arguments. Seems like all I have read leaves the scales balanced evenly, and I am looking for evidence that will tip the scales in favor of who has the more accurate viewpoint. I want to be in the True Church.
I just had a thread pulled from Catholic Answers forum NOT because of the tone but due to the content. I DARED to question the authenticity of Fatima and I stated my disdain for Medjugorje as well as several other issues I have regarding alleged catholic miracle claims. There is a strict gag order on anything regarding Medjugorje that I was not aware of. My head is spinning over this, and it really undermines their credibility in my eyes, so I have now turned to your forum in the hopes that I can discuss some of these issues in a constructive manner. I dont want to be divisive. I do however want everyone to be brutally honest, especially catholics who have converted to the east. I lost my faith in Christianity for a period before I embraced Catholicism, and I am now more confused than ever. I am not a "church hopper", but I am extremely careful now as to what I will believe. If the claims of Christ are true, nothing else is as important as discovering the church he founded. Thank you all for your input.