I mean, of course, if I live long enough.
No worries, I do not see swimming the Tiber in the near future, but Roman Catholicism has a draw to me that is pretty interesting. I am drawn by the connection to the past. You have to understand, the idea of individual popes no longer holds an attraction to me. I find great comfort in the UMC because it does make use of a tradition beyond the last pastor, but as Protestantism breaks down (and no, I do not consider Pentecostalism Protestantism), I doubt that it will be too long before the UMC goes the way of the EC. The way I see it, a portion of the UMC will end up SBC while another part will end up RC and still yet will end up who knows where. A solid hierarchical control, such as we see in Rome, is needed if Christianity is to continue in the West. But then more than that. Overall, Protestantism, if followed to its logical conclusion, allows for a different Christianity with each person, and finally, no Christianity. Protestantism is fine, in an individualistic society – oh wait, you see the oxymoron there, don’t you?
I like the Saints, the focus on Tradition, the use of Scripture, and the adoration of Mary. I like the constant flow of Christianity through Catholicism that I see. I do not yet agree with the Pope, however, nor with unmarried priests, and a few other things, but I can respect the decisions made to get Rome to those points. I also can respect the decisions that will, I hope, move Rome slowly to a Vatican III, or IV. I like the fact that Rome does not move fast.
Something else, I suppose. I like the High Church of Rome, the doctrines (many, not all), and the variety of orders. I like the difference of opinions and viewpoints shared throughout Catholicism. That is the necessary Protestantism, the nuns on a bus and the priests who oppose them. I like the Benedictines.
I suppose, if Rome adopted Wesley, more UMC’ers would get wet.
Not for me, not yet. I am a very happy Methodist, and so is my family. I will continue to pray the rosary from time to time, mediate on Mary, remember the Church Fathers, and hope for a broadening of the Church hierarchy.