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Considering Carol wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm currently a Mormon but I have recently made a lot of Catholic friends. I've learned a bit about your faith and I've even been to a Mass and I really liked it.

Since going to one, I've been considering converting, although I am extremely conflicted at this point. I know a little bit about Catholicism, but not much.

  • How do I know if the Catholic Church is right for me?
  • Also, can I have a rundown on some essential beliefs and doctrines?

Carol

  { Can you give a Mormon, thinking about joining the Church, the rundown on crucial Church beliefs? }

Bob replied:

Carol,

Let me start with your endpoint: You will know if the Catholic Church is right for you if, and when, you believe it is right. Period.

There is a plethora of information on our site in many different areas, and so many wonderful books are out there. I would consider reading something by Scott Hahn, a Protestant convert to Catholicism and now a wonderful advocate.

But here is the whole deal in a nutshell.

  1. God exists.
  2. He reached out to us through his Son, Jesus, in time and space.
  3. He started a Community (or family, called Church), and
  4. Wants to bring us home, for He has an Eternal Life to share with us.

The Catholic claim is that He started This Church with Twelve disciples, with one of them taking on a significant, unifying role: the Pope. The claims are backed by evidence of a historical and Scriptural nature.

Start at this point and investigate the claim to Apostolic authority and the Papacy and you are on your way.

God bless you on your journey, I’m sure you will find the answers you are looking for.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear Carol,

I just wanted to follow-up on Bob's reply seeing I know all the content on the site and where it is.

Check out these web pages:

There are also some good, encouraging things to read in my Favorites Section:

Bob is correct; you should check out our remodeled AskACatholic Library which can be found here for good books in an array of areas:

And if you're not a good reader but interested in learning by listening to audio, check out the:

If you are interested in questions and answers from others who have been in your situation, check out all the  postings in the new Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home section.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions that you can't find in our knowledge base, just ask us!

Mike
AAC Web Admin.

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