“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.”

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  • Francisco

    It`s a long way to Jerusalem, but no fear. He is guiding you to a safe place

  • Matthew

    This is very sad. Why don’t you pray that if you sould, in fact, become Catholic that the Lord will change your wife’s heart? I myself am drawn to Catholicism but engaged in Protestant ministry. I consider the covenant I made before God to be the primary we my faithfulness to Christ is manifest. If I am willing to abandon her for the sake the RCC, my priorities are not right. Repent to your wife. Love her and serve her. Attend Mass and take part in RCC life as you are able, but unless the Lord changes your wife’s heart, you can trust God sees and understands your desire to follow up & keep your marriage vows.