12 Reasons a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic

by Dr. Norman McCrummen

“I’m often asked why a Presbyterian pastor, of all people, should leave what was mine by inheritance and choice to swim the Tiber?”

In a special series for The Coming Home Network, former Presbyterian pastor Dr. Norman McCrummen shares twelve reasons he decided, after much prayer and discernment, to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit into the Catholic Church.  Citing historical, theological, devotional and personal paradigm shifts that took place in his adult life, Dr. McCrummen makes a compelling case for taking seriously the claims and propositions of Catholicism.

Introduction

“The work of the Holy Spirit can leave a person dumbfounded.”

The First Reason

“I am Catholic because I believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.”

The Second Reason

“I am Catholic because history reveals that there is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.”

The Third Reason

“I am Catholic because I respect and embrace the Church’s teaching on the gift of salvation.”

The Fourth Reason

“I am Catholic because I believe in the communion of saints.”

The Fifth Reason

“I am Catholic because I came to understand why Mary is loved by Catholics.”

The Sixth Reason

“I am Catholic because God’s truths are protected by the Magisterium of the Church.”

The Seventh Reason

“I am Catholic because of the Church’s courageous stance on moral issues.”

The Eighth Reason

“I am Catholic because of EWTN and the bold spirit of Mother Angelica.”

The Ninth Reason

“I am Catholic because of the many books which have deepened my understanding of God’s will.”

The Tenth Reason

“I am Catholic because of the power of God in the lives of His people.”

The Eleventh Reason

“I am Catholic because of the life and witness of my Catholic friends.”

The Twelfth Reason

“I am Catholic because the Catholic Church is founded by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.”