Kirsten Powers: Catholic

Saturday, October 10, AD 2015

And when Jesus passed on from hence, he saw a man sitting in the custom house, named Matthew; and he saith to him: Follow me. And he rose up and followed him.

Matthew 9:9

My favorite liberal, Kirsten Powers, has joined the Church.

 

Powers, who grew up in the Episcopal Church, became an evangelical about 9 years ago, after attending Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. Listening to Tim Keller preach opened the door for her to believe in God.

“I came to realize that even if Christianity wasn’t the real thing, neither was atheism,” she wrote in a 2013 testimony for CT. “I began to read the Bible. My boyfriend would pray with me for God to reveal himself to me.”

For a while, Powers felt no connection to God. That changed during an overseas trip, where Powers said Jesus spoke to her. Eventually she joined a Bible study, an experience that changed her life.

“I’ll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, ‘It’s true. It’s completely true,’” she wrote it 2013. “The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy.”

Powers gave few details about her decision to become Catholic. She did thank Father Jonathan Morris, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the Bronx, on Twitter.

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  • Father Morris often appears on FOXNEWS morning TV, Fox and Friends filmed in NYC. I like him. Ms. Powers seems a lovely young woman.
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    Also often seen on that news show is Peter Johnson who is a/the leading partner in a law firm with my wife’s brother-in-law.
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    I’m wracking my brain. I do not have a “favorite liberal.” Because like Rush Limbaugh recently quipped, “There are two kinds of liberals: those that hate America, our way of life, and the uses we make of our liberty; and those that really, really hate . . . “

  • Don,

    We spoke about this a time back, glad to see her enter into the Fullness of Truth.

    Now if she would read some of the documents, she may have a full conversion!

  • She is a work in progress Tito as I have noted before. She is making good progress thus far.

  • She is the liberal who used her nationally syndicated column to speak about the murderer Gosnell when no one else would, and used iy to condemn the mainstream media who wouldn’t talk about him. And then she began to be even more outspokenly pro life. Recently she wrote a book about how political correctness from the left is killing free speech and freedom of religion.

    All of that came after her conversion to Christ. Those stories of her conversion are beautiful, and hearing her talk about her friendship with Eric Metaxas is beautiful too.

    So wonderful that she is part of our Body! Prayers for her.
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  • This is progress. Not perfection, but progress. It is the only kind of progressivism of which I approve.

  • What a wonderful event!
    Welcome to the Catholic faith, Kirsten! May God bless you in all that you do in His name!

  • Great news about Kristen. Watching her over the years on Fox we could see her ‘slouching towards Bethlehem’ as Joan Didion has it. Now that she has arrived life will get more difficult and complex especially with her Democrat “friends”. Kirsten has the ability to do much good in this world. Let us pray she succeeds in a big way–maybe even becoming a saint.

  • We are all works in progress, according to St Paul

    “And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6) and again, “For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
    He also says (a favourite theme of his) “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8) and “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him” (Phil 2:12-13)
    This last always calls to my mind two verses of Ezekiel:
    “Make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ez 18:31)
    “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you” (Ez 36:26)

  • “We are all works in progress”

    Quite right MPS.

  • All praise and thanksgiving be to God. Such stories cause us to rejoice in the Spirirt.

  • Great News Indeed. That we are all works in progress is something to which a septuagenarian can attest. Becoming a saint is something toward which we all must aspire. The only real failure in life is not to become a saint. Kirsten Powers is prepositioned to do much good with her conversion. We see the Holy Spirit in action.

  • Hmmmm. I do recall after the flap over free contraceptives a few years ago Ms Powers was so disgusted at the Catholic Church’s teaching on that. Paraphrasing, “What a lot of old fogies; they’d better come around on this issue.” So, I am wondering if she is cafeteria-style or orthodox?

  • Sheesh. Give the poor woman a chance to settle in before summoning the Inquisition! She was an atheist until just a few years ago.

  • Yes, give Kirsten time to breathe. Our Church is so replete and overflowing with wonders and graces, let her look, and feel, and drink in the proof of our loving God!

  • Have never understood why someone would want to be a Catholic that does not believe in the eternal teachings of the Church. Powers is an outspoken advocate for same-sex “marriage” and indeed calls it a “civil right”. She also continues to remain in a political party that calls for no restriction on abortion for all nine months. You can’t say “I am personally opposed to abortion but can’t force my beliefs on others. All faithful Catholics have a duty to protect the unborn. For the sake of her eternal soul I hope Kisten Powers will come to this realization very soon.

  • Who cannot say, ” The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember. According to thy mercy remember thou me: for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.” She will get there, if she has not already.

  • William P Walsh wrote, “She will get there, if she has not already.”
    We should always remember that conversion is a work of grace. We read: “I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall please Me” (Exod. 33:19) and, again, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy.” (Rom 9:16)
    That is why Scripture bids us:
    Turn to the Lord (Hos 14:2)
    Turn back, turn back from your evil ways (Ez 33:11)
    But also:
    Turn us, O God of our salvation (Ps 85:4)
    Turn thou me, and I shall be turned (Jer 31:18)
    Turn you us to you, O LORD, and we shall be turned (Lam 5:21)

Father Matthew Munoz Talks About The Conversion of His Grandfather: John Wayne

Wednesday, October 5, AD 2011

Hattip to Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  I have written previously on the deathbed conversion of John Wayne:   John Wayne-Cardiac Catholic.  His grandson, Father Matthew Munoz, has recently talked about his grandfather’s conversion.

“My grandmother, Josephine Wayne Saenz, had a wonderful influence on his life and introduced him to the Catholic world,” said 46-year-old Fr. Muñoz, a priest of the Diocese of Orange in California.  

“He was constantly at Church events and fundraisers that she was always dragging him to and I think that, after a while, he kind of got a sense that the common secular vision of what Catholics are and what his own experience actually was, were becoming two greatly different things.”

Fr. Muñoz’s grandparents married in 1933 and had four children, the youngest of whom – Melinda – is his mother. The couple civilly divorced in 1945 although, as a Catholic, Josephine did not re-marry until after John Wayne’s death. She also never stopped praying for her husband’s conversion – a prayer which was answered in 1978.

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  • its great to hear father matthews story about his grandfather. My father is 78 and he belives in god but he has not been to a church in 67 yrs my mother prays every day that he gives the lord a chance so he can see what a bliss the house of the lord is. About father matthew i want to share what he did for me last yr. I had not been to church in 30 yrs i also believed in god but like my father i never went to church that morning was christmas eve life had taken its tole on me i didnt want to live any more i decided to go to church that morniing and then come home and take a bunch of pills that i had to take my life because i didnt want to live any more well after mass out of know were father matthew came from behind some rose bushes in front of our church well i went up to him and asked him to please say a prayer and bless me because i was going to take my life he took the time to pray and talk to me that morning that by the time i got home my life felt diffrent his blessing and prayers touched my heart after that day i go to mass monday threw friday 6:30 mass and on sundays i take my little girl tammy and i also work 3 masses helping out. thanks to father matthew taking the time that day my little girl has a mom and i belive in god 100 percent. i just got back from the holy land and that made my life complete the only wish that i want to see is that some day i get a chance to thank father matthew in person he left our parish in cypress ca never saw him agin but i hope and pray that some day i can tell him that thanks to him and god im still here and my daughter has a mom that believes in god 100 percent.

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Bob Novak, May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon You

Tuesday, August 18, AD 2009

Robert Novak

Catholic convert Robert Novak died today.  He was many things:  a fellow University of Illinois alum, a devoted family man married to his beloved wife for 47 years, and a hard bitten journalist with a nose for news unrivaled in the business.  Novak was a conservative, but he never let his politics get in the way of a story.  Always staunchly pro-life, and respectful of Catholicism, his embrace of the Faith a decade ago came as little surprise to me.  I never met him, but I will sorely miss his presence in the public square.  May he  now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.

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Newt Gingrich Opens Up On Catholic Conversion

Tuesday, May 26, AD 2009

Newt Gingrich

Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News & World Report had an interesting exchange with recent Catholic convert Newt Gingrich.  The  former House speaker who converted last March was on his way to Europe working on a documentary* on Pope John Paul II’s 1979 trip to Poland where Mr. Gilgoff asked if “he expected this trip to be different from previous visits”:

I don’t know that it’s much different. That’s part of what led to my conversion is the first time we [he and Callista**] went to St. Peter’s together. It’s St. Peter’s. I mean, you stand there and you think, this is where St. Peter was crucified. This is where Paul preached. You think to yourself, two thousand years ago the apostles set out to create a worldwide movement by witnessing to the historic truth they had experienced. And there it is. The last time we were there we were allowed to walk in the papal gardens and you get this sense that is almost mystical.

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  • Callista also was the woman with whom he was having an affair when he left his most current wife. There is something sickening about one’s adultress leading one into the Church.

  • I abhor Newt’s past as much as you do.

    Though only time will tell if his conversion is genuine, unlike Tony Blair’s dishonest conversion.

  • There is something sickening about one’s adultress leading one into the Church.

    Have you ever checked out the biography of King David (it’s in the Old Testament)? Adultery AND murder. Yet God seemed to forgive him for some inscrutable reason. Maybe you could figure that out.

  • Callista also was the woman with whom he was having an affair when he left his most current wife. There is something sickening about one’s adultress leading one into the Church.

    Or glorious. Not excusing their previous behavior at all, but if through their relationship they assist each other in sanctity and achieving salvation, then I suppose they would be another example of God turning evil into good. I know I’ve witnessed and personally experienced that great mercy of God.

    Tito, I disagree with Blair on things too, but I don’t think it is just to say it was a “dishonest conversion”. He may be horribly wrong and obstinately so, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that his becoming Catholic was done dishonestly. I’m just sayin’…

  • Rick,

    I was a bit hasty in my comments concerning Mr. Blair. I probably should have said “the poorly catechized Tony Blair”.

    😉

  • MZ,

    Perhaps God can draw good out of evil.

  • Tito, I disagree with Blair on things too, but I don’t think it is just to say it was a “dishonest conversion”. He may be horribly wrong and obstinately so, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that his becoming Catholic was done dishonestly. I’m just sayin’…

    The difference with Blair is that he “apparently” had no intention of reforming his evil behavior (endorsing abortion and contraception), I don’t think anyone would be foolish enough to suggest that Newt and/or Callista plan to engage in adultery. For myself, I was quite hopeful about Blair and even believed we could cut him some slack about not acting against abortion while still in power (with an understanding of the British parliamentary system), his actions since then make it clear that he is back to his old ways if he ever really left them. In my humble opinion, and with due respect to the great wisdom of the Holy Father, I believe it was an error not to demand a public rejection of his immoral policies.

  • Newt was drawn to Roman Catholicism by pomp and by powerful Popes. He sees Roman Catholicism as a fortress to give ideological weight to his atrocious politics.

    More of the same, down through history.

  • Adding mind reading to your charisms Catholic Anarchist? Of course your comment was completely predictable. From your comments over the years it is quite obvious that for you your Catholicism is merely your Leftist politics dressed up in ecclesi-speak.

  • Thanks for sharing your grace with us, Michael. Unfortunately, I possess a curiosity about the goings on in others’ minds and souls, but I actually consider myself blessed to not be able to peer into the souls of others like you and Padre Pio could. It’s too much of a responsibility. I’d likely abuse the gift by revealing things learned to tear dowm others and make cheap political points. Then again it probably doesn’t much matter because as I’ve learned from the Internet in the past couple years, converts are no good for the Faith anyway.

  • Adding mind reading to your charisms Catholic Anarchist?

    The Newt said it himself, quite openly. Didn’t you read the interview?

  • Seems like it would be appropriate to give mad shoutouts to Newt and Callista for joining our family of faith. Seems like some of youze mugs- Mike I, MZ- want to take a banquet meal and treat it like takeout from KFC. Lots of high quality folks have been swimming the Tiber for about a generation or so- shall we name Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, Padre Neuhaus of blessed memory, Laura Ingraham. And so on and so on. Would seem reasons to rejoice as our catechisis among the born bred and buttered shows up kinda shabby. Silly me. Just like Billy Joel- I’d rather laff with the sinners than cry with the saints. Meanwhile hearty welcome to Newt and Callista and stay strong in what youze been taught.

  • I read the interview Catholic Anarchist. Obviously we came to very different conclusions based upon the interview. Gingrich appeared to be paying tribute to the 2000 year witness of the Church to the Gospel of Christ, the joy that Pope Benedict has, the intellectual prowess of John Paul II and Pope Benedict in engaging the secular world, traditional Gothic architecture, and the need for a Christian counterpoise to amoral situational ethics. You can argue Catholic Anarchist that these are not his true beliefs, but that is what Gingrich said.

  • What I find interesting is the deep love and appreciation that Mr. Gingrich has for history. As Cardinal Newman once said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.”

  • Obviously we came to very different conclusions based upon the interview.

    Yes. Obvious.

  • Shame on you, Donald, for imagining that someone could be moved to an appreciation of the divine by something like St. Peter’s Basilica or a Gothic cathedral. Such things are nothing more than worldly pomp.

    Hopefully the truly enlightened can make sure that they’re smashed once the revolution comes and the worldwide proletariat brings about a realization of the True Faith.

  • MI says Gingrich was attracted to “powerful Popes,” implying an attraction to secular power, without noting that Gingrich defined that phrase: “in their intellectual ability to engage the secular world on behalf of Christ.”

  • Have you ever checked out the biography of King David (it’s in the Old Testament)? Adultery AND murder. Yet God seemed to forgive him for some inscrutable reason. Maybe you could figure that out.

    Perhaps you should re-read that biography. David was close with God before the adultery, and then left God’s graces after commiting it.

    More generally,
    To speak of sin being an instrument in one’s conversion is messed up theology. It is one thing for a prostitute to recognize her deep sin and recognize her need for salvation because of it a la Dostoyevsky tale. It is another to claim that God used Newt’s sexual appetite to cause him to leave yet another woman so that he could join the Catholic Church.

  • And yet God used David’s sexual appetite for Bathsheba to bring into being Solomon. The first child born to David and Bathsheba paid the price of their adultery and David’s murder of Uriah. Yet out of these terrible sins God brought into being the Davidic line. To recognize the power of God to bring good out of sin does not condone the sin, but merely states the obvious.

  • Is there nothing you won’t justify?

  • I thought God has infinite mercy?

  • Michael I.,

    Your lies will not be tolerated.

    If you are incapable of behaving as a Christian you will not have your comments approved.

  • To say that God brough good out of an evil situation isn’t to “justify” the evil.

  • The power of God to bring good out of evil MZ needs no justification by me or by anyone else. It is a self-evident fact, or else all of us would be damned.

  • Wow! Gingrich is now David and the Jesus.

    *mutters something about messianism.*

  • Only God knows what is in the hearts of men… and M.Z.

  • Actually MZ my guess is that in the confessional Gingrich was in the role of the sinful tax collector at the Temple. Readers of this thread can determine who is in the role of the proud Pharisee.

  • Um, if I said that “a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany” that Gingrich is a wonderful guy, then it would be OK to point to messianism. But all I did was point out another instance in history where God brought good out of a sinful situation; anyone with half a brain can see I’m not saying that Gingrich himself is akin to David.

  • Aside from the notoriety and the added salaciousness of it being known that he and Callista were having an affair prior to his having divorced his most recent wife — Gingrich’s case doesn’t necessarily sound all that different from some of the run-of-the-mill conversions I’ve dealt with helping out on RCIA team. It’s very common to have someone coming in through RCIA be the spouse or “significant other” of a current or lapsed Catholic. It’s also pretty common for both to have prior marriages or entanglements that need to be sorted out before they can be accepted into the Church.

    In both the Austin and Los Angeles dioceses, where I have experience, the policy is not to let people into the Church until their current marriages or living arrangements have been regularized. Unless things are vastly different in DC, I would thus assume that Newt and Callista’s prior marriages were declared to be invalid and their existing civil marriage blessed prior to his being received into the Church. (If things weren’t done that way, I’d consider it highly problematic.)

    I suppose it’s a matter of taste whether one talks about God “using” such relationships to bring people into the Church or one simply observes that it happens often, but my experience is that it is quite common for people to come into the Church as a result of the influence of someone he or she has slept with in the past outside of wedlock.

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  • Wow. From MZ’s “response” over at Vox Nova:

    Having been so impressed by his current wife’s piety, he finally joined the Catholic Church and has appointed himself spokesman for all that is good and holy. To this, the usually suspects give an amen and thank God for Newt’s libido finally finding a Catholic girl to satiate it and leading him to the Church.

    Is anyone stupid enough to believe such a ridiculous caricature? Saying that God can bring good out of evil in no way equates to “thank[ing] God” for the evil. That’s a pretty elementary distinction.

  • “That’s a pretty elementary distinction.”

    One would think.

  • I have heard the speeches of Mr. Newt Gingrich for a long time, long before his Catholic Conversion. I always wondered if he was Catholic. I am surprised to hear that he has converted recently. I would like to tell him not to mind the voices of this Godless, amoral generation. If this generation likes him, like it does Obama, he would be worthless. Mr. Ginggrich, be strong, be just, and do everything you can to change this country back to God to Whom it belongs.

Res & Explicatio for A.D. 4-1-2009

Wednesday, April 1, AD 2009

Salvete AC readers!

Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:

1. I recently received confirmation from Lila Rose to post here on American Catholic that a little over two weeks ago she converted to the Catholic faith on March 15 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Deo gratias!

Lila Rose is an impressive young lady.  A few weeks ago she was the keynote speaker for the Houston Coalition for Life Benefit 2009 dinner.  She has an excellent grasp of the history of the pro-life movement and to my nice surprise she is also very knowledgeable of the role of Catholics in the Pro-Life movement from Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Fr. Frank Pavone.

I had the opportunity to speak with her briefly at the benefit dinner and I came away deeply impressed.  She is a talented and motivated young lady and she’s only a junior at UCLA.  She began getting involved in the pro-life movement as a sophomore in high school by founding a pro-life newspaper!  She now runs a production company, LiveActionFilms.org, and is editor-in-chief of the pro-life newspaper at UCLA, The Advocate.

She is the newest crop of Pro-Life warriors that will contribute to the end of abortion on demand nationwide.  With the growing strength of the Pro-Life movement being energized more and more with babies, toddlers, children, teens, and young adults, the days of Roe v. Wade are numbered.

2. There is a wonderful story of how two Catholics met online using Ave Maria Singles.  The adventure begins when Katie and Devin, for different reasons, chose Ave Maria Singles to search for a spouse.  Katie three years out of college saw slim pickings at work, at church, and definitely not at a bar.  Devin had been looking online for a spouse for four fruitless years, yet still carried a positive attitude.  After an initial ‘dust off’ by Katie and a close call by Devin, the two, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit were able to find their sacramental partners for life via Ave Maria Singles.

It’s a sweet and compact romantic love story that spans two articles, so for the introductory portion click here.  For the final encounter and happy ending click here.  To learn more about Ave Maria Singles click here.

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Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-18-2009

Wednesday, March 18, AD 2009

Salvete AC readers!

Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:

1. Cardinal George had a private unscheduled 30 minute meeting with President Barack Obama yesterday afternoon.  Outside of the normal platitudes issued between the USCCB and the White House, nothing substantive of note can be reported.  Although Cardinal George issued a YouTube video warning to President Obama concerning the United State’s moving towards despotism the day prior to his meeting.  President Obama seems to have responded positively to Cardinal George’s proposal of “an agenda for dialogue” which was issued early this year.

2. The secular and liberal media, i.e., the mainstream media, have pretty much remained silent on Pope Benedict’s visit to Africa.  Is it because they don’t want to report the problem of condoms only exacerbating the issue of AIDS and not wanting to hear about the sanctity of life?  Is it beneath their elitism to do anything with Africa?  Or is it because the mainstream media could care less about Africa because of the pigment of their complexion?  Remember Rwanda and southern Sudan, the media remained silent.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf made similar comments, for the link click here.

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  • 1. “Agenda for dialogue:” never a good sign. Not sure what can come from such dialogue on the good Cardinal’s part. Amazing that the meeting even took place- probably due to their mutual place of residence.

    2. All questions regarding lack of MSM coverage of His Holiness’ visit satisfactory to ask. Also- Is the Church that humdrum? Is it JPII Fatigue? Or that this Pontiff doesn’t deliver slamming quotes? Just goes about his business? Hooray- San Diego Union Tribute found a buyer! Newspaper journalism is saved! Not.

    3. Welcome Jennifer and hubbo to Family of Faith. Nice to have ya around.

  • Rich Leonardi cites another example of a innovative bishop creating his own parallel magisterium in the creation of a ”Installation Mass” for female lay pastoral administrator.

    You go overboard when you criticize these “innovations” (these installation Masses are hardly new) as the creation of a “parallel Magisterium.”

  • Gerard E.,

    The story on the atheist turned Catholic is actually a year old, but I wanted to share it just the same because I like reading her blog.

    Michael I.,

    Mea culpa, but exaggerating the obvious does not take away from the fact that Bishop Matthew Clark is inventing rites that aren’t authorized by the CDW or CDF or listed in any GIRM.

    Just because this isn’t new, doesn’t make it right.

  • I’m not going to make judgments on it until it happens. But for what it’s worth, the Obama Administration is going to meet with pro-life groups.

    http://www.lifenews.com/nat4918.html

  • Tito – I’m puzzled. “Installation Mass” can mean a variety of things. There is nothing wrong with installation Masses per se. There are all kinds of Masses for various occasions, including the installation of various lay ministers. Not everything is listed in the GIRM. I believe I saw a published collection of such rites recently and it was approved either by the USCCB or the CCB (I can’t remember what context I saw the book). You may not recognize those bishops’ conferences, but if those conferences have any authority, they definitely have some limited authority when it comes to the liturgy. You would have to provide some evidence that this particular installation Mass violates some kind of universal liturgical guideline.

    Our diocese in WV had an inaugural Mass for our Catholic governor. Do you oppose that sort of thing as well?

  • Michael I.,

    I do recognize those conferences.

    Although I doubt there is a rite for this type of Mass, I will keep in mind those documents and conferences that you site and look into it at a later date.

    Like many Catholics, I have a pile of books next to my bed that intend to read but have difficulty attending to!

    :~)

  • Eric,

    That link sounds promising, but it may little more than lip service since mid-level functionaries and not President Obama himself will be meeting with those pro-life groups.

  • My comment above should read “USCCB or the CCCB” as in the Canadian Catholic Bishops.

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5 Responses to From Skinhead to Catholic

  • I have read three of Pearce’s books (C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered). Pearce is a lively writer, clearly in love with his subjects, which makes his books a joy to read, though the lack of critical distance does detract from them a bit (the lack of economic knowledge also hurts Small is Still Beautiful). The Solzhenitsyn book is probably my favorite of the three.

  • I haven’t read the last two. I will have to get his book on Solzhenitsyn, one of the great figures, and not just literary, of the last century.

  • I’ve read the C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, and Tolkien books; of those I thought the one on Lewis was the best. I’ll have to check out the Solzhenitsyn book. He is a lively writer, although his book on Shakespeare led to some exchanges over at First Things in which I thought he had the weaker argument (but I have no expertise to speak of in Shakespeare studies). Interesting post.

  • I enjoyed his book on Tolkien and Literary Converts, which is an incredibly enjoyable read for anyone into British novels from the early 20th century.

    While other Tolkien biographers (noteably Humphrey Carpenter) are more scholarly, Pearce seemed “get” Tolkien in a way Carpenter did not.

    Though I did think he came off a bit poorly in the Shakespeare exchange on First Things. It sounded like perhaps as someone used to dealing with questions regarding modern literature, he wasn’t aware of the textual issues that come into play with Shakespeare, and thus had neglected whole are of homework for that book basically because he was coming at it from a reader’s (as opposed to a scholar’s) perspective.

  • Shakespeare biography is a minefield into which I would encourage few to tread. The facts are frighteningly few and the theories frighteningly many. The passions that are engaged in this area also have to be seen to be believed. I agree that the First Things exchange was not the finest moment of Mr. Pearce.

Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-4-2009

Wednesday, March 4, AD 2009

Salvete AC readers!

Due to popular acclamation I’m returning back to using Latin in my column title (mostly).  I think I’ve settled on a format so thanks for bearing with me.  I’ve wanted to do this type of column for a while and I believe I found the right balance, now if I can only be consistent in my posting.  So here we have today’s Top Seven Picks in the Catholic world:

1. Catholic News Agency has reported that a coalition of American Catholics calling themselves Catholic Advocate led by Deal W. Hudson have created a website opposing President Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.  The website is called www.catholicsagainstsebelius.org.  Governor Kathleen Sebelius is a dissident Catholic notorious for her direct and explicit support of abortionist George Tiller “the Killer”, whose known for executing late term abortions of innocent children.  Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has met and counseled Governor Kathleen Sebelius on several occasions on her pro-abortion stance and has asked her to refrain from receiving Holy Communion.  However Governor Kathleen Sebelius has refused to obey and has openly opposed the good archbishop on these points.  Here is the link: http://www.catholicsagainstsebelius.org/

2. Kevin Knight (of New Advent) somehow found a little blurb buried in a long article that Newt Gingrich will soon convert to the Catholic faith as reported by the New York Times (7th paragraph on page 7 of the article ‘Newt. Again.’).

Updated: For a quick and eas(ier) read of the NY Times article go to Fr. John Zuhlsdorf’s blog here: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/03/fmr-speaker-gingrich-to-become-catholic/

3. When I click on my browser to go to InsideCatholic.com their web page takes quite a long time to download relative to any other Catholic website or blog that I surf.  I don’t know if it’s all the links or dense code, but my best guess is that their Content Management System that they ar using, Joomla, may be the cause of the slowdown.  The second longest page in the Catholic web to download is Damian Thompson’s Holy Smoke, but you place the blame of the downloading delay to his employer London’s Daily Telegraph (which is the best english language newspaper in the world in my humble opinion).

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2 Responses to Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-4-2009

  • So good news all around in spite of the lingering chest cold that I expected to lick Tuesday but caused me 1.5 hours of sleep and more time off Wednesday. catholicsagainstsibelius is good stuff. Best to remind our pro-abort friends and family- so you support someone who has a good friend generally known as Tiller The Killer? Her Jeremiah Wright, so to speak? Meanwhile, delighted to see news that Newt is swimming the Tiber. Always thought he was at least three to five years ahead of his time and that politics was too confining for his talents. Perhaps more like him will do the backstroke as well. Meanwhile let’s make life really miserable for La Sibelius. Might as well find some fun in these difficult times. Kaff, kaff.

  • I think Newt is sincere in his conversion.

    I also believe that he is probably the best man out there to represent the Republican party come 2012. He carries the baggage of leaving his 2nd wife while she was on her deathbed, but he has sincerely apologized for that. He certainly seems to have matured a lot since his days as Speaker of the House.

    I have a feeling that he is prepping for a run. But it’s only a feeling.