“Years ago, when our children were small, my wife said she would divorce me if I became a Catholic. Now we’re separated, and I’m sure she still feels the same way as she did then. I am not sure how my daughters will react to my decision; they can’t understand why I don’t want to be a Methodist anymore. My friends: well, I don’t have to live with them, but they are important to me. One of my closest friends will not understand this and I haven’t been telling him about my possible conversion. He’s a little anti-Catholic, but not virulently so. My clergy friends will think I’ve gone off the deep end. (Except for the one whose wife is Catholic).
Now I am facing a permanent career change. Something I thought was temporary will last for the rest of my life. That’s hard to face on a practical level, not to mention how emotional it is to change who I am. Going from being the pastor to being a parishioner… it’s just difficult.”