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Monday, March 20, 2006

Pontifications | Blog Archive | A Letter to an Inquirer
Advice to someone who is thinking about becoming Catholic but has some issues with Church Teachings:
May I suggest that you bracket these convictions for the moment and consider a more fundamental question: Is the Catholic Church who she claims to be?
For the Catholic, the decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the decision to accept the authority of the Church is one decision. They cannot be separated, for the risen Christ will not be separated from his mystical body.
If the Catholic Church is who she claims to be, then she speaks to me with an authority that binds my conscience. Because she is indwelt and guided by the Holy Spirit, she is protected from error in her formal teachings. She speaks truth. She can be relied upon. And so I trust her and seek to think with her. I do not ask her, must not ask her, to accept my views; she asks me to accept her views. One enters the Catholic Church in order to change; one enters the Catholic Church to be changed.
Is the Catholic Church who she claims to be? Is she the Church of Jesus Christ? This is the question that you must answer.

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