Ignorance birthing the quest to find out the truth about Catholicism

Lightbulb momentYesterday’s post caused quite a stir both on Facebook and Twitter. In the last twenty four hours I’ve had very fruitful conversations with some friends and have been made aware of my ignorance in some matters concerning Catholic theology, doctrine and practice. I believe that I knew of my ignorance long before it was highlighted to me yesterday. I think whilst the Church does strive for unity, the past has deeply affected its progress and unfortunately, certain myths and legends stick. But this problem is not the fault of the ignorant themselves. The misrepresented also need to do their bit to combat myths and legends about themselves.

One only has to do a quick search on differences between Catholic and Protestant theology to find a myriad of links to fundamentalist evangelical websites on Catholic “heresy” without any deep exploration of Catholic theology at all. Unfortunately, I have fallen foul to that in the past and have made assumptions based on my denomination’s doctrines and practices.

Therefore, from today, I have decided to embark on a quest to find out exactly what Catholics believe. My quest will be posted here and I expect there to be great interest from both Catholics and Non Catholics. This series of posts will be a place of dialogue and understanding. I currently have some books in the post on Catholic doctrine and theology and I will be weighing up my beliefs against Catholic ones in due course. I am quite certain that I won’t become a Catholic, but I am open to seeing Catholicism in a different light. I have always respected Catholics, and have many Catholic friends, but I don’t think I’ve given them the honour they deserve in properly researching in depth the things they believe.

So, please stay tuned. Posting on some of the main sticking points for me will commence shortly. You will expect to find posts on Mary, the Saints, the Pope, the Bible, the Church, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, and a few other things as I travel this journey.

I hope you’ll join me.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about