Ex-Methodist’s journey to Catholicism

Catholic cable channel EWTN has this show about Protestants coming back “home” to the Roman Catholic Church.

Here’s a recent episode that came across my Twitter feed. It is with a former United Methodist turned director of marriage and family for a Roman Catholic diocese. He traces back his Methodist history several generations and he makes a little joke about a term he calls an oxymoron: “Methodist evangelist.”

It includes some interesting question and answer as the host asks him about the nature of Methodism. From the interview is sounds like he was moving a long time toward Catholicism, but Roman Catholic teaching about sex was what moved him in the end to convert.

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16 thoughts on “Ex-Methodist’s journey to Catholicism

  1. Methodist evangelist is an oxymoron. If a person is truly a Methodist, he is by definition an evangelist. I know many former Methodists who tired of fighting the pro-abortion shenanigans of the Board of Church and Society and went home to Rome.

    When Rome and the East bury the hatchet, we’ll all be without excuse.

  2. I listened to the program. What struck me was his comment ” . . .nowhere else. . .”

    He could find the essence or substance (no pun intended) of the real presence in the Methodist liturgy, but the theological basis for the church’s teachings on “traditional” moral issues was missing. This is what the Catholics talk about when they speak of the “fullness of the faith.” It’s also interesting that the particular moral question forcing him to look outside Methodism was birth control. How many Methodist worship leaders practice or advocate natural family planning? How many pastors would even entertain questions about the morality of birth control?

    The teaching that he could find “nowhere else” concerns on the nature of the human person and the theological meaning of the human body. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body was the key.

    Retired Bishop Timothy Whitaker gets it. Read his article on Christian anthropology and human sexuality in the context of the homosexuality debate at:

    http://www.flumc.info/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000024/002460.htm

    Paul Griffiths (Duke) presented a summary of the Theology of the Body at a lecture to United Methodists of the New Bern (NC Conf) District here:

    http://www.lifewatch.org/pdf/theology_of_body.pdf

    Thank you, John, for your post. It forces this Methodist layman must struggle once again with the question: Why am I not a Catholic?

    1. Sorry for the garbled last sentence. Substitute: It forces this Methodist layman to struggle once again with the question: Why am I not a Catholic?

  3. I listened to this entire program with interest. I find myself drawn to Roman Catholicism but I can’t get over the stumbling block it presents to me regarding the role of women in the church. Sadly, I must agree with former President Jimmy Carter who recently said to Stephen Colbert that he would become Catholic if the current pope is still in office, and a woman priest invites him to join her church.

    1. “(She is the) highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ … She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still, honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to hurt neither Christ nor the scriptures.” (Sermon, Christmas, 1531) Martin Luther

      1. Yes, the Virgin Mary is due honor in the church. But frankly, I think honoring Mary is a poor substitute for treating all women with respect, and allowing women to hold positions of authority in the church.

  4. My main problem with the RCC was praying to saints. Otherwise, I would have joined. Instead, I found a non-denominational Protestant church that suited my spirituals needs better. Also, since it’s only one church, I only have to worry what comes out of the pulpit. I don’t have to worry about my tithes being wasted on boards and agencies that say disgusting things in my name.

  5. I understand the problem some have with the women thing. In Catholic theology, the Priest stands en personam Christi, not just representing Jesus, but being Jesus. It’s an issue of ontology. They are definitely wrong on the issue of ordaining woman deacons, imhop.

    A Methodist seminarian (Duke) years ago answered my objection about the Saints thing by asking: “Just what do you think the Saints are doing up there, anyway?”

    1. It disturbs me that neither Mr. Putnam, Mr. Lung, nor the other men commenting on this blog consider this to be problematic at all. I think Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Call to Action” should be a ‘must read”. He contends that women have been oppressed by ALL religions. I believe he is right.

      1. Women’s oppression did not start with the church or religion.
        Women’s oppression started in the secular, was universal and the norm.
        The CC t is credited with elevating and recognizing the female contribution.

  6. In 2009 a new structure within the Roman Catholic Church (not to be confused with unofficial entities that use “Catholic” in their name) was established called”ordinaries” that welcomed congregations and members of the Episcopal Church into the RMC. EC members unhappy with the direction of the Episcopal Church joined the RMC .
    Congregations and members of the Episcopal Church — including married priests — may join the Roman Catholic Church under a new structure announced by the Vatican.
    The nationwide “ordinaries”.

    http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2009/10/joint-statement-by-the-archbishop-of-westminster-and-the-archbishop-of-canterbury.aspx

    1. Yes, there is a large church in my neighborhood that did this. No married (or single) women Episcopal priests will be accepted as priests in the RCC under similar terms.

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