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Offline HandmaidenofGod

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Why do adults become Catholics?
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:53:32 AM »
While scanning the Christian news headlines today, I came across this article and thought it might inspire some interesting discussion here.

Why do adults become Catholics?

by George Weigel

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The most touching “convert story” in which I played an indirect role was told to me by the protagonists, an Indiana of couple who seemed a 21st century reincarnation of Grant Wood’s American Gothic, if much younger and far less grim. It was shortly after Easter 2003, and I was visiting a parish outside Indianapolis to give a lecture and to sign books. The couple came up to me during the signing and said that my book on the Long Lent of 2002 – the year of scandal in American Catholicism – had been the final push they needed to seek full communion with the Catholic Church, which they had just entered. I said that I was glad that my unsparing narration of what had gone terribly wrong in the Church hadn’t caused them to think again. They both said, with utter simplicity, “Well, we thought that any Church that could that honest about what was wrong with it was the right place to be.” I got up from behind the signing table and embraced each of them.

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Offline Peter J

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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 09:25:35 AM »
and thought it might inspire some interesting discussion here.

I'm a little surprised that it hasn't.

Personally, I have gone my whole life without ever converting from anything to anything. (Well, okay not my whole life, only my life since I was about 2 months old.)
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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012, 09:54:10 AM »
and thought it might inspire some interesting discussion here.

I'm a little surprised that it hasn't.

Personally, I have gone my whole life without ever converting from anything to anything. (Well, okay not my whole life, only my life since I was about 2 months old.)


Peter is back?!

I'm going to need this.

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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 10:41:48 AM »
and thought it might inspire some interesting discussion here.

I'm a little surprised that it hasn't.

Personally, I have gone my whole life without ever converting from anything to anything. (Well, okay not my whole life, only my life since I was about 2 months old.)


Peter is back?!

Yup. He returned a day or so ago.

I'm going to divulge a little secret here... in the admin side of the forum we keep copies of all of the 'swan songs' posted here from our members who put something up and then leave. We then update those same posts when the person returns despite their sworn statement(s) that they would never do such a thing.
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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012, 10:54:39 AM »
Peter is back?!

Aye, albeit only since Thursday.

P.S. I guess I should have reloaded this page before replying
Yup. He returned a day or so ago.
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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 04:24:15 PM »
and thought it might inspire some interesting discussion here.

I'm a little surprised that it hasn't.

Maybe if you or HandmaidenofGod kickstarted the conversation by identifying what in the article you think would be interesting to discuss? I'm rarely short of opinions, but I simply don't see anything here that inspires comment.
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Re: Why do adults become Catholics?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 05:38:21 PM »
Many lay people are honest about what's been happening but it sure doesn't look to me like the bishops have been.