Dear Brothers Peter and Michael.
I realize that you are very busy so I don't expect an answer to my e-mail right away but I would hope that you would respond to it at your convenience.
This is my situation, after 25 years or so I believe it was around 1985 I left the catholic church to find the truth. As I traveled through various Protestant denominations I found out that none of them had the truth, so in 2003 I returned to what I thought was the Catholic Church, only to be disappointed that I couldn't distinguish it from the Protestant churches I had attended over the years. I tried to validate everything that I saw happening during the service but my conscience would not rest that something was definitely wrong here. So I began searching for a traditional church on line and eventually found a CMRI church near my home about 40 miles away. It is the only church in my area that says the Traditional Latin Mass.
However, I have read many of your articles and I am not sure what I should do about attending this church because you indicated that most of the priests believe that you can be saved outside the Catholic Church…
When I came to the CMRI church, the priest that was there at the time had me say the Profession Of Faith from the Council Of Trent. I went to confession also.
I feel so lost because if I can't go to this church then there aren't any churches available for me to go to.
I am planning to send for the book "Outside the Catholic Church Their is no Salvation" as well as some of your videos. Someone from the church I attend gave me your Crying in the Wilderness magazines ( all 4 of them).
I believe in the articles you mentioned that we can attend the Mass but not support the church in anyway. Is this correct? Or can I support it if the priest upholds to the outside the church there is no salvation?
I am not sure if I could spiritually survive not attending Mass at least on a weekly basis but it would be pointless to attend a Mass that wasn't valid either.
Well, this is my dilemma! I just want to make sure that I have peace with God and a place in heaven.
Sue, unfortunately all of the CMRI priests believe that members of false religions can be united to the Church and saved without actual possession of the Catholic Faith. So, you cannot financially support any of them under pain of mortal sin. They also defend the sinful birth control practice of Natural Family Planning. But if the priest is not notorious and imposing about these issues at the particular chapel you attend, then we are of the opinion that you could continue to go and receive the sacraments as long as you don’t support them in any way. For more on this issue consult the section of our website Where To Receive Sacraments. We’re very glad to hear about your return to the true Catholic Faith, and your having been able to recognize the phoniness and Protestantism of the Vatican II sect. Keep praying the Rosary and holding the Faith without compromise and things will work out for you.
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