Wow, I guess I now have to accomplish two things, show exactly how Catholicism is THE Christian faith and see if I can’t give you any useful information on how to convert.
I’ll start with my refutation of Chris. He’s clearly neo-protestant and has not really heard the Gospel or understood the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. They claim four basic and inherently contradictory tenants; Solo Christo (Christ alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone) and Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone). By Sola Fide Protestants claim that all you need to do is believe that Jesus Christ is Lord to be saved… But by Sola Scriptura they also claim that the Bible is the only thing you need to know God. But if we look at the Second Chapter of the Book of James we see “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can that faith save him if a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body what good is it? So also faith itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” [James 2:14-17] Also, there is only ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH, the Church, founded by Jesus Christ, and who appointed the first pope, St. Peter.
Also, the claim that the Catholic Church began to exist around the year 300 is totally false. There is no historical evidence of any lack of the Church from the time of the Crucifixion of Christ. All Roman and Hebrew historians record the Church from the very beginning. Like St. Ignatius says, “Wherever the bishop shall appear; there let the multitude of the people also be; even as, whenever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.”
There is no doubt in my mind that the Apostolic Church is the right choice. If I were you I would talk to the priest of the parish you’re interested in about RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes that generally start up around this time. Also, don’t worry about asking even obvious questions, they’re all valid! So don’t worry! I’m glad you’re entering into the Body of Christ.
The History of the Church, Didache Series;