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I know this really isn't the right place to write this, but I'm too embarrassed to go to the priest of my parish.
I come from a family of two religions; my Father, a roman catholic, and my Mother, an Orthodox Christian. I was baptized catholic although from a young age I was opposed to their religion. I suppose it was because I didn't feel the brotherhood and love from my Father's side. They do not care for Orthodoxy, and have not accepted my Mother as such (although my Father has problems at all with Orthodoxy and he loves my Mother and I the same as he would if we were his religion). I was also ridiculed as a child because I was believed to be an Orthodox Christian (I was in mind and soul, but not on paper), and from all these experiences, I have come away with a bias and some might say "irrational" fear and anger to the roman catholic church. However I am now in conversion classes and am well on my way to making the most important step. My question is; is it wrong for me to hate catholicism? Am I going against the teachings of the Church givento us by Jesus? Should I repent for my anger and hatred, or am I allowed to have my beliefs and biases? Some (including me) might say that the western church's actions in the past, their additions of heresy (the filioque comes to mind), and the thought most are intolerant, might be a problem with interaction with Orthodoxy. I am truly worried and do not know what to do. Brian Konstantino Ioannis
Maybe writing this to might give me the courage to ask my church for spiritual support. Mr.X8 23:22, August 2, 2009 (UTC)
Can anyone help me? Mr.X8 23:57, August 3, 2009 (UTC)
- For the record, I'm fairly sure that most people would suggest an alternate means of asking about these topics - your priest/spiritual father, forums... but I'll answer as best as I can:
- It seems like you already know what to do. From what I can tell: be Orthodox (paper and sacraments being aligned with mind and soul), love everyone (which includes Catholics), know that what institutions did in the past is of no practical concern (people make mistakes - our job is to forgive them and love them). — by Pιsτévο talk complaints at 01:06, August 4, 2009 (UTC)
Thank you :)
- The reason I haven't asked my priest is because I'm too embarrassed to tell anyone about my situation. But seeing as on the wiki we're all strangers to each other, I feel more inclined to share it.
Mr.X8 13:57, August 4, 2009 (UTC)
- For what it's worth, your priest has probably heard most things that are able to be heard... the question is not what you have done, but how you can grow from it - and that's something that a priest (or someone who knows who you are) can do - us anonymous people can only do so much :) — by Pιsτévο talk complaints at 17:09, August 4, 2009 (UTC)