As a convert from Lutheranism and as a priest, I am interesting in how other priest-converts from Lutheranism got where they are today.
In the wake of the death of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, on the web site of First Things I found a reprint of his essay called "How I Became The Catholic I Was" from the April 2002 number.
His very short answer: "I became a Catholic in order to be more fully what I was and who I was as a Lutheran."
Not my answer, but an interesting one nonetheless.
I can resonate, however, with this:
Mine was a decision mandated by conscience. I have never found it in his writings, but a St. Louis professor who had been his student told me that the great confessional Lutheran theologian Peter Brunner regularly said that a Lutheran who does not daily ask himself why he is not a Roman Catholic cannot know why he is a Lutheran.
A question a Christian non-Catholic must ask constantly.
A question Catholics must ask.
Why be Catholic?
In any event, Fr. Neuhaus’s essay is an engaging read.