Post # 1
Are there any Episcopal bees out there (or any other religion) that converted to Catholocism? I a Episcopal, but my SO comes from a very Catholic family. My family was not very religious growing up. I did attend an Episcopal school my entire life and therefore identified with the religion and ended up getting converted in my early 20s. I love the Episcopal faith. I am not a seriously religious person.. but I consider myself spiritual. My SO and I do plan on marrying each other, and he has expressed that he would want a Catholic wedding. I’ve thought about converting because it is important to me that we attend the same church, especially once we have children. Also, because I feel like it is a battle I will never win. Ever. I’m from South Louisiana, and the Catholics here are VERY deeply connected to their religion. The Episcopal and Catholic religions are extremely similar, but I feel as though the Episcopal faith is a lot more open-minded and liberal. I believe in same-sex marriage and using contraceptives, etc. My SO is also liberal and open-minded, but like I said, the Catholics where I am from hold on very strongly to “being Catholic”. I like the new Pope. I think he could make some really wonderful changes for the Church. I guess I just worry that my views would be considered “sinful” or wrong. I need to meet or know that there are other liberal minded Catholics out there. if you did convert to Catholocism, what are your likes/dislikes? I know it may be ridiculous that I would convert… but it is very important to me that we are on the same page once we have a family….
Post # 3
Thisprobably isnt helpful, i had a mixed marriage ceremony…christian and catholic. This meant i didnt have to convert but my DH could have a sacramental marriagr in a catholic church. We will raise children catholic and i will happily attend mass with him. I may sometimes attend a church service in a anglican ceremony
Whilst my husband sort of picks and chooses which beliefs he follows i dont believe you can do that if you convert. You have to say truly that you believe all of the teachings to join. So can you do that? It sounds like me you have doubts
For me,i dont believe contraception is wrong and other aspects that you mentiined, gay marriage etc…so i feel i cant join the faith unless i intend to follow it 100%
Post # 4
@bellenola: I am Episcopalian, but from the conservative branch. I simply enjoy the Anglican/Church of England aspect. That said, even being conservative I wouldn’t convert to Catholicism because it is a different heritage.
If you are on the liberal leaning side of the Episcopal church, I personally do not think you would like being Catholic.
However, some women and men who convert for marriage find that it does not bother them too much. If you are someone who simply goes to church occasionally, you will be fine. In addition, converting would give your family a religious cohesiveness.
Post # 5
Born and raised Catholic, and went to Catholic school for 12 years. I am ok with keeping my political views seperate from my religion. I am pretty liberal; pro-choice, agree with same sex marriage, and I use birth control. At times some of the politics of the Church bug me, but I try to remember that political beliefs are different from my faith.
If you choose to convert I suggest going church shopping. Sounds silly, but it’s important to finda Church that doesn’t make you feel out of place. It took me forever but I found what I consider to be a progressive Church. They’re so welcoming and friendly, and I don’t hear the political stuff nearly as much. They made my marriage to a non Catholic so smooth, and they made him feel welcome, too.