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Camille wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a Protestant and I am interested in learning more about the Roman Catholic Church and conversion.

  • Any suggestions or hints for reading and studying more?


  { Do you have any suggestions for a Protestant interested in learning about the Catholic Church? }

John replied:

Hi, Camille —

It would be helpful if I knew what Protestant tradition, denomination or movement you come from, however right of the bat, I would suggest you read:

If you really want to dig into the faith, you might try reading some of the first and second century Christian Writings. They are pretty expensive, but your library may have them. You can also find them on-line.

I know that in my conversion journey, I was shocked to see what the earliest Christians believed about:

  • the Eucharist
  • Mary
  • the Saints, and
  • the Papacy.

When you are ready to research these writers, please drop a line and I'll give you more specific works and authors.

Also visit the following web sites:

That should keep you busy. Please stay in touch and let us know if you have any other questions or if we can help you in any other way.

Under His Mercy,

John C. DiMascio

Mike replied:

Hi, Camille —

I would look into my CAR resources, My favorites, and FAQ page.

(CAR) Catholic Apologetic Resources to defend your Catholic faith:

Web sites that assist beyond basic Catholic Catechesis and help answer common misperceptions, objections, and distortions to the Catholic faith. Knowledge base
  AskAQuestion Today!
  Our Recommended Reading page
  Good Apologetic and Catechesis Sources from my Non-Wiki page
Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers
  Catholic Answers Forum
Jimmy Akin The Nazareth Resource Library
Well-known and reliable Catholic Apologists who can help you.
Scott Hahn: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Patrick Madrid: Patrick Madrid
  Envoy Magazine
James Akin: The Nazareth Resource Library
Tim Staples: Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Speaker
Steve Ray: Defenders of the Catholic Faith
Scott Hahn Rome Sweet Home
Books by Catholics that will help you defend the faith
Karl Keating
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians"
Mark Shea By What Authority? an Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition
Books about converts to the Catholic faith
Patrick Madrid Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
  Surprised By Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons For Becoming Catholic.
  Surprised by Truth 3: 10 More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
Web sites that provide Catholic Catechetical, Informational, and historical information about the faith.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on-line Catechism of the Catholic Church
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia The New Advent 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia — An excellent resource for the current Catholic hierarchy within the Church down to the diocesan level.
Web sites and books on the Early Church Fathers
Web sites
  The Early Church Fathers on New Advent
Books Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set
by  William A. Jurgens (Translator)

The Fathers Know Best by James Akin

On-line Catholic stores which provide good material
  San Juan Catholic Seminars
  St. Joseph Communications
  Ignatius Press

Hope this helps,


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