I had the most amazing exchange last night with our son, Charlie, that I just had to share. Charlie is 12, and he’s a great guy. Years ago, as Nikki has mentioned, he fell in love with the Saints, and he’s taken to Catholicism like a duck to water.
Anyway, Charlie’s still working his way through intellectually understanding the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism, and we were talking about the Protestant charge that Catholicism has “made up” a lot of unnecessary rules. In talking about this, we got into a discussion of the Church’s teaching that a Christian marriage (that is, a marriage of two baptized people) cannot be dissolved for any reason and that Protestants (going all the way back to Luther) have overwhelmingly rejected this doctrine.
Now for the part of the conversation that blew me away: in discussing how dissent from the Church’s teaching on marriage figured in the Protestant Reformation, we naturally got to talking about Henry VIII. So I say to Charlie: “The Church of England was founded by a man who wanted to get divorced.” In response to which, my 12-year-old son says: “And the Catholic Church was founded by a Man who wanted to get married.”
Maybe it’s just a father’s pride, but, for any readers out there who are considering the claims of the Catholic Church, you won’t find any better explanation than that.