Why would anyone be a Catholic?

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What is so attractive about Catholicism? There are so many theological errors in that religion (mixed in with some truths) that it bewilders me why people would depart from evangelicalism (with all its shortcomings) to join this highly ritualistic and legalistic religion.


I think the music and liturgy is appealing and in some cases better. To some it also appears more unified than a bunch of tiny presbyterian denominations squabbling over theological details, which can be an attraction. And no, I’m not going RC… I expect we would agree on most of their problems.

misunderstanding of theology maybe?

I think people are attracted to the ritual, the liturgy, the tradition,the history, and the iconography and art. I don’t think theology has very much to do with it at all because I think most Catholics are not really that concerned or knowledgeable about the details of their theology, they’re not encouraged to study Scripture like Protestants are.


I have a dear friend who is a cradle Catholic. We have “discussed” similarities and differences for over 20 years. I think most who are RC are so by having been reared so. Some have very little knowledge of theology, but that is also true of Baptist. I was SB for my first 60 years. I am now PCA….which is reformed. I love apologetics, but many evangelicals don’t ……similar to the majority of RC believers. This may be some help in considering the question.

I’d like to see the Catholic stats. How many converts in the past 20 years were raised in other religions.

Im in SBC myself, we’re reformed.


I am a ” Cradle Catholic ” and I found in the way I was reared as a child looking back on 60+ years a very protective and loving try by my parents who also came up though many years before me with a faith and trust in what they believed was the Only True Church.  I loved it.


In my opinion the only good thing in the Catholic Church was the rare true priest who was acceptable to offer the true sacrifice. Well that was lost completely at Vatican II.

So there is no real reason to join up, but if someone was really searching as this original post is suggesting then I think they are really getting desperate.


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