Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Trad Fad?

I was discussing with some Evangelical friends and a Protestant university professor today the recent fad that seems to be emerging (at least in our area) of large numbers of Evangelicals converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

The discussion went along the lines off (paraphrasing):

Professor: "Why do you think so many young Evangelicals are entering the Eastern Orthodox Church?"

My Evangelical Peers: "We're sick of the praise and worship music. Evangelical Theology is shallow. We're seeking a richer and more in-depth theology. We want a return to 'Tradition.' We'd like to have sacraments. We like the concept of a universal Church."

Professor: "But why not become Catholic then? Why Eastern Orthodox?"

Me: "Because if they become Eastern Orthodox then they can avoid the Pope."

It's true (and everyone else involved in the conversation agreed with me). They don't want to have to wrestle with the question of authority. The question of papal authority makes them feel uncomfortable.

At least they're searching. Now let us pray that they'd have the courage to wrestle with those tough questions that make them feel uncomfortable. By the grace of God, they will, eventually.