Author: Lisa Graas
•9/29/2002 11:05:00 PM
Leila Miller sends this via email.
"Mark Shea shares a very good observation today"
.... Now I see Catholic converts arguing with critics of their
faith, of course. What I don't see is this odd need to linger around the old
neighborhood throwing stones through the allegedly shattered windows of an
allegedly discredited Church. Indeed, what typically marks Catholic conversion
stories such as Thomas Howard's, Scott Hahn's, Steve Ray's or virtually any of
the wave of recent conversion accounts is gratitude for their
Protestant roots. Virtually all of them have nothing but good things to say
about their Protestant backgrounds even while they are contentedly Catholic.
But there is a curious assymetry between these guys and people who leave the
Catholic Church and then start writing polemics against it or lingering on
boards to do battle with it. For these folks, there seems to be nothing
about the Catholic Church. There also seems to be a peculiar need to
proclaim one's "liberation" from it, while simultaneously remaining in a weird
form of unconscious bondage to it. It sticks in their craw. I want to ask such
people why they are lingering about the Church throwing rocks and not actually
embarking on their new and glorious life in Christ that they keep telling me
they have while they are spray painting "The Pope sucks!" on every BBS they
can find....

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