Fed-up Catholics Shouldn’t Turn to Orthodoxy

Michael Lofton of the Faith and Reason podcast shares his experience of leaving Catholicism for Orthodoxy and eventually returning. He explains why he concluded he needed to be in communion with the pope, and why every Christian should.

Cy Kellett:

Is the grass greener in the Orthodox Church? Michael Lofton next. Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. This week, we welcome Michael Lofton who made his way from Protestantism into Catholic Church, made his way from the Catholic Church into Greek Orthodoxy. And then from Greek Orthodoxy back into the Catholic Church. He’s now the proprietor of reason and theology and the St. Maximus the Confessor Institute.

Cy Kellett:

And we’re really delighted to welcome him as an affiliate apologist here at Catholic Answers, a new program we have here at Catholic Answers where we have several really fine, exciting, younger apologist who are affiliates now of Catholic Answers, something that we are thrilled about here, and we hope will produce all kinds of great work in collaboration with them as we go into the future.

Cy Kellett:

Michael Lofton, one of those and considering his journey, we thought we’d ask him, “Does it make sense, given the scandals, given all the really ugliness in the Catholic Church in recent decades, to maybe leave for a time and go over to Orthodoxy?” Here’s what Michael Lofton had to say.

Cy Kellett:

Apologist Michael Lofton, thanks for being with us.

Michael Lofton:

Hey Cy. Thanks for having me on, it’s an honor.

Cy Kellett:

Well, I’ll tell you what, it’s an honor is we are associated with you now and we feel very honored about that. We have a new thing here at Catholic Answers, affiliate apologist, which is it so far just been a great blessing to us and you are one of the first affiliate apologist of Catholic Answers so thanks for coming aboard.

Michael Lofton:

Glad to do it. I’m really honored. Catholic Answers played a pretty crucial role in my conversion back in 2012. So it really is an honor to be here.

Cy Kellett:

Well, so was after that you went to Christian College, got your master’s in theology-

Michael Lofton:

Correct.

Cy Kellett:

… working on your doctorate in theology now?

Michael Lofton:

That’s correct.

Cy Kellett:

Okay. So you’re the founder of the St. Maximus the Confessor Institute and the Reason and Theology show? You’ve been busy.

Michael Lofton:

That’s right. Little busy, yeah. Got a lot going on, but you’re right. Reason and Theology especially is the one that seems to be the most time consuming. It’s a channel on YouTube so I end up doing about one to maybe three shows a day. So, that does take up most of my time.

Cy Kellett:

Good for you. That’s great.

Michael Lofton:

Thank you.

Cy Kellett:

And a great asset to the Catholic Church to people who would like to explore, defend, understand the Catholic faith, but you left Michael at one point you left us.

Michael Lofton:

I did and it definitely ties into the discussion today. So I came into the Catholic Church in 2012 from Protestantism, read my way back through history into the Catholic Church and had about five years where I just experienced a lot of negativity. I saw a lot of scandals, not only on universal level, but personally. And I had had to suffer some things at the hands of bad clergy, my family and I, and a lot of that really just frankly, again, scandalized me.

Michael Lofton:

And so I began to consider, “Well, maybe I should go to Eastern Orthodoxy. Maybe I made the wrong decision. Perhaps God in his Providence is showing me, ‘Michael, you made the wrong choice. You should have gone the Orthodox route.’” So I began to discern that and I spent a couple of years discerning Orthodoxy in addition to the previous years I had already put in.

Michael Lofton:

And I came to the conviction that providentially it seems that God is saying, I need to go to Orthodoxy, which I did. And I spent about three years in Eastern Orthodoxy but the entire time I continued to study the issue was involving Catholicism and Orthodoxy. And the more I studied, the more I became convinced of the necessity of being in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

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