And it doesn’t even matter which Rite it is. It could be Roman Rite, Maronite Rite, Byzantine Rite, I don’t care though I am a little biased toward the Byzantine Rite as I will become one eventually myself (I attend one right now).
Catholic Churches have power that Protestant Churches lack. Take Notre Dame Cathedral for instance. Or take a tour to St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Go to the Sistine Chapel that Michaelangelo painted. Stare into the face of Our Lady of Lebanon. And while you’re at it, check out the Sedlec Ossuary. The closest you’ll ever come to matching that in a Protestant Church is with Canterbury Cathedral.
So why then the Catholic Church specifically? Well, the beauty it gives for one thing. Most Protestants would assert that the images such as the iconoclasts and the statues are idolatry. It’s a shame because you won’t get the kind of architecture in their Church that you see in the Catholic Church. Yet this architecture makes you feel as if you’re staring directly into a gymnasium. Most Protestants try to be optimistic so when death comes up, they stick their heads in the ground like little ostriches. Death is bad, we fear it! But why? Jesus defeated death through death on a cross! Protestants don’t believe this is true though, they need the atonement to represent an idea of God needing sacrifice in order to forgive rather than humanity needing the sacrifice of Jesus giving himself to the Father restoring us back to oneness with him.
Anglicans are so divided on multiple issues. They are turning Christianity into something of their own fashion. Although I would love to see Anglo-Catholics get back together with the Catholic Church. Sure, you can stare into Heaven in an Eastern Orthodox Church but you can get the fullness of it in the Catholic Church just by exploring the different Rites.
One thing Lissette Reina, another blogger, likes about her Church is that the Pastor “let people (anyone, believer or not) come see the super bowl on the church’s big screen just because he could and he was a Giants fan”. This is cool and all but when I look at a Church, I don’t want to go some place that is just simply trying to please you by throwing on some big lights and playing some corny pop music that I can hear every day of the week. It is certainly true that at times, it’s hard to keep up with the chanting and sometimes the kids do get on my nerves a bit but the Christian formation classes actually make up for this and in the service, it is best to just get caught up in the glory and wonder of Heaven and think, “How great is God!”
I honestly think that corny pop music is killing the Church. You go to Church and is there something special about it? No, just throw on some pop music. In worship service, “Hey guys, we’re going to play this new song this week and you’ve probably heard it on the radio!” Um…yes I have and I hated that song. Then there are all the small groups. This is cool and all too but the Church is a family and everyone should unite in this family setting. Hence, kill the small groups. Kill the cliques. We had them in our teenage years in Junior High and High School back when we were going through puberty. God destroyed puberty at the cross as well (well…not exactly, but you get the main deal). Baptist Churches it seems attempt to take out the pop music and what you’re left with is this. Can you say “blah”? Why go somewhere that uses up all that space only to see old crusty people there, no children, and everything is just so bland and plain? No pop music even. The Protestant Church has really reduced itself to a pathetic level in their attempt to market to several cultures that they forgot a key aspect was the mysticism. Putting you in Heaven is the responsibility of the Church and only the Catholic Church does that to perfection.
I love the Catholic Church because it is so multi-cultural. I doubt I would leave it for another Church. I may explore other Rites or even change Rites but I would never leave the Catholic Church for any reason. I feel like I can stare into Heaven when I’m there because I am staring into Heaven there. I’m not listening to a corny pop music or getting bored to death in a fundie, old-age, First Baptist Church of America. I’m getting what Christ himself came to establish in the New Testament. A unified body that doesn’t split up for the little things (filioque clause, purgatory, etc.).
This is why the Catholic Church is my gymnasium. It’s not limited to me. It can be yours too and you don’t have to be a Catholic to attend (just don’t take the Eucharist, that signifies unification in belief for Catholics). And if you want to enter into full communion, just talk to the priest and he’ll tell what to do.