Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
As a faithful Catholic, I apologize for the rude inappropriate way this priest replied to your question. As I have said before, "the only dumb question, is the one not asked."
While I admire and encourage you to keep learning and reading the Sacred Scriptures, you shouldn't be going to a non-Catholic congregation to ask another spiritual leader. Learning from another Catholic parish is fine but when you learn from a Protestant congregation, their teachings have an underlying assumption that Catholic teachings are incorrect or flawed in some way.
Try seeking another priest at a nearby Catholic parish who is faithful to the Church and open to hearing your good questions or seek out a faithful priest at a local monastery or convent.
I am so confused right now on what to believe is the right pathway to Jesus. I always feel at home at the Catholic Church. I believe in the Eucharist. I believe in our traditions, but more recently than ever, I feel like I'm being pulled away from the Church.
Peace be to all. I am sorry if this has put a burden on anyone.
I understand your confusion. Your Eucharistic heart, which you can't get at a Protestant congregation, is with the Church but you are meeting good-hearted Christians who have either:
- fallen away from the Catholic Church (for whatever reason) and created their own set of teachings or
- have never been part of the Church and are ignorant of Our Teachings.
You are being enticed to them because they are friendly and open to your questions.
The problem is, what they call the Word of God, is totally different than what faithful Catholics call the Word of God.
They reduce the Word of God down to the Written Word while we refer to the Word of God as both the Written Word and the Oral Word which has been passed down to us by mouth (people) from century to century, from generation to generation. (Meaning, from 33 A.D to 2021 A.D.)
So when they study the Word of God, they are implicitly rejecting all Oral Tradition that has been passed down through the centuries.
Keep your focus on three things:
- Jesus only established ONE Church; the Catholic Church on St. Peter and his successors (Matthew 16:13-19; 1 Timothy 3:15)
- That despite weak humans like us, Our Lord promised that on matters of faith and morals, the gates of Hell will never prevail, and
- Because all mankind is prone to a sinful nature, without living a sacramental, prayerful life, all religious organizations will have scandalous sinners that end up hurting others both physically and spiritually.
I am sorry if this has put a burden on anyone.
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I hope this helps,
My colleagues may have more to add.