“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Have you ever wondered what leads some people to convert from protestantism/evangelicalism to Catholicism? If so, I hope you will find this site useful, regardless of where you find yourself in your faith journey. My name is Michael Mohl, and I welcome you to ‘From Protestant to Catholic; why I became what I had hated.’ I am a young adult who works as a RN, volunteers as a junior-high Catechist, and is blessed to be married with two children. However, this site is not meant to be about me, but rather about the information that turned my world upside down about five years ago.
I thank God for loving parents and a solid Christian upbringing, though I now see that our well intentioned ‘non-denominational’ Bible Church culture had a certain ‘zeal without knowledge’ that lead me to unquestioningly become one of ‘those millions’ who hated my idea of the Catholic Church. I believed it was the prophetic ‘Whore of Babylon’ that preached a ‘false gospel’, followed an ‘Antichrist pope’, was too ritualistic, too superstitious, too legalistic, and revered a ‘tradition of men’ that the Bible condemned. In researching the various claims of Catholicism to try to expose it to friends and acquaintances as a Satanic distortion of the true gospel, I found myself exposed to the beauty, consistency, and truth of Catholicism as found within the Bible, within the writings of the earliest Christians, within the spirituality of the saints across the ages, and within the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Sure, a lot has changed in the Church’s 2,000 year lifespan, but I began to realize that almost all of these changes are like the organic growth and development that all of living things experience without losing their essential identity. The most influential factor for me was definitely the testimony of the earliest Christian leaders known as the ‘Early Church Fathers,’ who often gave their lives for the sake of preserving the faith, and held beliefs regarding the Church, sacred Scripture/ Holy Tradition, the sacraments, and salvation that I found to be overwhelmingly in harmony with Catholicism rather than Evangelicalism/Protestantism. After losing much sleep in a process of prayerful study that was exciting, but not always easy (especially considering a few tough teachings and the priestly sex abuse scandal that was happening)… I was eventually received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and I can say that it is truly good to be home!
I created this site to help protestants/evangelicals truly understand the Biblical and historical basis of the Catholic teachings which they protest (whether in knowledge or in ignorance). I aim not to belittle other Christians’ beliefs, but to share the paper-trail of evidence that I personally found to be a compelling witness to the truth of the Catholic faith. I hope that Christians of all varieties will find the content respectful, informative, and engaging.
The Catholic Catechism states that sin and misunderstanding on all sides has tragically lead to the divisions that exist within Christianity today…. By the grace of God, may this site be beneficial in some way to all who are seeking the unity which our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for in the Garden of Gethsemane… Amen.
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Thanks for visiting and may the peace of Christ be with you.