What did you have to give up to become Catholic?

I personally had to give up very little when I became Catholic.  That’s because the little community I joined in 2000, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, had already left such things as a beautiful building, beautiful music with a paid organist and good choir, pensions for priests and a professional level stipend behind in the late 1970s.

After doing “church in a box” in various locations, our community was able to buy a building so in a sense we’re ahead of the game relative to many other Ordinariate communities in the world that had to walk away from a great deal and are still meeting in borrowed churches, school gyms or other locations while they re-establish as Catholic churches.

Imagine your family has gone to a particular Anglican or Episcopal church for generations.  They contributed to the beautiful stone building, to the stained glass windows, the music endowment, and are buried in the church cemetery.  The parish has everything in terms of beauty of worship and surroundings except the faith has become increasingly compromised and one can no longer in good conscience remain.

I have so many times counted our many blessings that have come with full Catholic communion—but even without having to give up much in one sense, it was still immensely difficult and we did suffer the break up of our parish, and the loss of one third of our people.

What many of us have had to give up I’m afraid going to become more and more common for all churchgoers in the west, no matter what their denomination.

Demographics have changed and even in the Catholic Church there’s a shortage of priests, so beautiful old buildings that represent the tithes and sweat equity of previous generations are being deconsecrated and sold off as community centres, condos, and restaurants.

Your thoughts?



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One Response to What did you have to give up to become Catholic?

  1. Honestly, my thoughts, are in a bit disagreement with some of your posts in the past. I do think the Church needs to be forward moving in some avenues and restorating in others. For example, I think there should be a development of regular married priests within the Latin Rite. Perhaps, do it as the old, celibate clergy will be able to move upward toward becoming bishops et al. Also, celibate priest have preference over deaneries and Pastors of Parishes. Married Priests only function as ministers of the sacrament in a part-time function such as saying Mass and if the needed case to visit the sick to administer the sacraments. If concerns about cost of married priest then the Church can put an age qualification which only attracts Men who are retired and can support themselves.

    Ideally, I think if vernacular continues in the Catholic Church, the mass itself should reflect more of the Extraordinary form, in such, be similar to the Ordinariate form of the Mass in the entirety of the English speaking world. In one hand, you keep those who want to be able to understand with ease and can convince others of the sanctity of the liturgy.

    As such, the Church as whole can minister to those closer in their respective communities and keep as many parishes open as possible.


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