He became the youngest bishop in the world at the age of 32 and was later named a cardinal and prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.Â. He and his wife converted to Catholicism in 2003. by Robert P. George and R. J. Snell. This is because Catholicism has a rich intellectual pedigree that remains competitive in today’s marketplace of ideas that evangelicals hardly match. Th… Graham Greene (1904-1991): British writer best known in Catholic circles for his novels Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter and The End of the Affair. But Catholicism is not just about Rome, Easter, and the pro-life movement. Evangelicals come from many different Christian denominations, but they all have a common belief in the holiness of scripture and the centrality of faith in Jesus Christ for their lives. On average, more than 100,000 adults enter the Church in the United States every year. It is your decision. Some arrive in the Church after many years of personal struggle, and some come at the very end of their lives. They were sinners (as are we all), and, as with such a diverse and interesting group, they have very different temperaments, personalities and foibles. He converted in 1980 and was commissioned to compose the Mass to Hope. Matthew Bunson For the past 20 years, Dr. Matthew E. Bunson has been active in the area of Catholic social communications and education, including writing, editing, and teaching on a variety of topics related to Church history, the papacy, the saints and Catholic culture. monetization of National Catholic Register RSS feeds is strictly prohibited. Here is his story. Well Dave, we have had some big name evangelicals—well, “big name” I guess that’s relative, but certainly notable Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism, one, the head of the Evangelical Theology Society, another would be Thomas Elliot, this would be Elizabeth Elliot’s brother, who left Gordon Conwell because of his conversion to Roman Catholicism. She converted to Catholicism a few months before her death. Why a person would convert from one religion to another is always an interesting question, and the answers to the question quite insightful on several levels. Ole Brunell – Lutheran pastor who converted to Orthodox Judaism. Thomas Merton (1915-1968): American Trappist monk and priest as well as a poet, social activist and one of the most famous and controversial Catholic converts of the 20th century. He converted from Judaism. Mark Gall converts to Catholicism and evangelicals need to pay attention. And having been raised an evangelical Christian as well as working in full-time ministry for a number of years, this unity is dear to my heart. Under the ecclesiastic authority of the Pope in Rome, Catholicism is part of the national identity of countries as different as Ireland, Mexico, and Poland. My question is how do we as former Evangelicals best serve our new found community? Robert Novak (1931-2009): American journalist, columnist and conservative political commentator. Subscriber Service CenterAlready a subscriber? What astronomical data tells us about planetary conjunctions that may have occurred in relation to the birth of Jesus and/or the wise men visiting him. Movie stars, poets, novelists, musicians, philosophers, scientists and even queens were convinced in their consciences that they must become Catholic. 1941): Italian journalist best known for his book-length interviews The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church (1985) and Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II (1994). Interestingly, the book’s co-author, a friend of mine named Joshua Betancourt, converted to Roman Catholicism shortly after the book was published! NEWS ANALYSIS: As the Democrats plunge into the primary season, new EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research poll finds President Trump in a slightly stronger position among Catholics — but they are divided sharply according to their embrace of Church teachings. Historically, much of what is popularly cons… What advice can the Curé of Ars offer to the reluctant penitent today? Francis Beckwith (b. They often come because their Catholicism was an empty tradition or they never knew the gospel or they never really heard the Bible taught. Jacques Maritain (1882-1973): French philosopher, author of more than 60 books and one of the key figures in the revival of Thomism in modern times. Benedict XVI, The Saints Encyclopedia and best-selling biographies of St. Damien of Molokai and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. I’d realized, as some do at that tender age, that life was about more than just myself. Israel Zolli (1881-1956): Italian Jewish scholar and the chief rabbi in Rome from 1940 to 1945. Rumer Godden (1907-1998): English novelist best known as the author of the novels Black Narcissus and In This House of Brede. Cardinal Francis Arinze (b. Authority We need to take a closer look at why each leaves the church. Civil-rights leader Alveda King addresses the George Floyd killing and aftermath. Sign-up for E-NewsletterGet Register Updates sent daily or weeklyto your inbox. He became a Catholic in 1982 with his wife, Kitty, largely through the influence of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Catholics have traditionally been leaders in such high professions like law, medicine, and education, and Catholic universities often compete with and far surpass those funded by the secular public. Vittorio Messori (b. And to be sure, many converts are encouraged in their own journeys to Catholicism by the models of more famous converts. His wife, Kimberly, is also a convert. Norma McCorvey (1947-2017): The plaintiff in the infamous 1973 lawsuit Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion who subsequently became pro-life. She converted to Catholicism and later joined a Catholic pilgrimage to St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iran. In May 2007, Beckwith, the president of the Evangelical Theology Society (ETS), stepped down as president of the society and resigned his membership. 1960): A philosopher and theologian, he was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society but converted to Catholicism in 2007. Yours and Samantha’s.” I put down the phone and began to ponder our conversation…, My childhood was not all love, joy, peace, and happiness, though. The dazzling variety is itself a microcosm of the many different people who enter the Church every year — and also a helpful reminder that everyone is called by Christ and that no past, however dark and troubled, makes us unwelcome to God’s loving embrace of mercy and forgiveness. He was killed in 1918 at the end of World War I. Russell Kirk (1918-1994): American political theorist and one of the most influential figures in the American conservative movement. I had heard he was a Presbyterian (even trained as a pastor) who became an Episcopal and then an Anglican when I had one some research after my Stetzer/Galli dustup. As one who has left standard evangelicalism by becoming a Lutheran, I have some empathy for his path. Sign up for 6 Free IssuesTry us out with a free trial subscription. High school was especially difficult…. Katharine, Duchess of Kent (b. Copyright © 2020 EWTN News, Inc. All rights reserved. John Wayne (1907-1979): Academy Award-winning actor beloved for his roles in westerns and war movies. These journeys provide tremendous insight, encouragement, and inspiration for those who are thinking about making the same journey and for Catholics born in the faith as well. Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966): English writer famed for his novel Brideshead Revisited (1945). Tony Blair (b. Just 2 percent of people born as evangelicals wind up Catholic. A convert from the Russian Orthodox Church, her cause for canonization was opened in 2000. Alveda King on Racism: ‘We Are One Blood’, Surviving Coronavirus: It Takes a Catholic Community, EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research Poll No. print and digital media outlets, dedicated to reporting the truth in light of the Gospel and the 1953): British Labour Party leader and prime minister from 1997 to 2007, he was the youngest prime minister since 1812. 1961): English writer and literary biographer. 1945): Prolific novelist who has sold more than 450 million copies of his books. Here they speak for themselves, providing the reasons that prompted these accomplished men and women to embrace the ancient faith. Like Colson, he is an influential author and speaker. Supporting Members of the Coming Home Network, 12 Reasons a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic, Bible and the Catechism in a Year Reading Plan, Resources for Non-Catholic Clergy and Ministers, Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome. The Pew Research Center estimates that about 25.4 percent of Americans, or about 62 million adults, are evangelicals. Joseph Pearce (b. “In Catholicism, Jesus provides ways to be near him that I’d never even thought of.”. One day, on a bank application, my wife wrote that my “form of employment” was that of a “Singing Plumber.” I sing Christian songs to kids under the name “The Donut Man,” because I end every concert by “repairing” the hole in a donut to remind everyone that God sends His love to fill up the empty place in our hearts. They are the generation that came of age amid Discmans, WWJD bracelets, Promise Rings, and “See You at the Pole.” Their childhoods witnessed the rise and fall of Tetris and Bible sword drills, Beanie Babies and light up sneakers. Gary Cooper (1901-1961): American actor who earned three Academy Awards, including “Best Actor” for Sergeant York and High Noon. It was my heart, however, not to go into too many specific details for the sake of unity—how often do we concentrate on what separates us rather than what unites us? Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009): Former Lutheran pastor, writer, theologian and founder and editor of the journal First Things. Neuhaus, a former Lutheran minister, had converted to Catholicism in 1990 and was ordained a priest a year later. A friend of Pope Pius XII, he converted from Judaism to Catholicism in 1945. Knute Rockne (1888-1931): Norwegian-born coach of the Notre Dame football team from 1918 to 1930 and considered one of the greatest coaches in sports history. John Hove – Lutheran pastor who converted to Orthodox Judaism. • Magdi Allam: converted in 2008, but left in 2013 to protest what he deemed its "globalism", "weakness", and "soft stance against Islam" Pixar head Pete Docter is back with another increasingly rare throwback to Pixar’s glory days, this time a fanciful exploration of the foundations of personhood and what makes life worth living. Born a Russian prince and raised in the Russian Orthodox Church, Demetrius Gallitzin converted to Catholicism at the age of 17 while living in Holland. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949): Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome. Renowned G.K. Chesterton scholar and speaker Dale Ahlquist shares how reading G.K. Chesterton started him on his journey home to the Catholic Church! Francis Beckwith (b. Men and women disabused of their faith in progress as a force immanent in history found consolation in Catholicism. Cardinal Avery Dulles (1918-2008): American Jesuit, theologian and cardinal, the son of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. I struggled to seek deep friendships and was often ridiculed for my Christian beliefs at the public schools I attended. Neuhaus is a former Lutheran minister who converted to Catholicism in 1990 and has since been ordained to the priesthood. Â. COMMENTARY: It matters if the penalty is just or unjust, although it could be argued that today capital punishment is ‘inadmissible’ because the modern state is no longer competent to administer it. Catholic Church. Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977): A German philosopher and theologian honored by numerous popes for his immense contributions to Catholic thought. I dropped out of a Protestant seminary, enrolled in RCIA, and delved deep into the Catechism, Catholic theology, and Catholic literature. ULF EKMAN, THE WELL-KNOWN SWEDISH PASTOR AND WORD OF FAITH PREACHER, HAS ASTONISHED the Pentecostal and evangelical world by converting to Catholicism. While some of the converts are well-known, their stories are not. 1932): Nigerian convert baptized at the age of 9 by Blessed Cyprian Tansi. She was canonized by St. John Paul II in 1998. Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990): British journalist, satirist and author. It turns out that being a born-again Christian was not the way to become cool and popular. In a series of fascinating interviews, a cradle Catholic (Robert P. George) and an adult convert (R. J. Snell), offer the stories of sixteen converts, each a public intellectual or leading voice in their respective fields, and each making a significant contribution to the life of the Church. She and her daughter, Fathia, converted from Islam in 1950. This post presents four common reasons given for conversions from Protestant Evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism. These reasons were presented in a larger article here, and are based on reasons… Louis Bouyer – Lutheran pastor who converted to Catholicism. A common story heard around evangelical / charismatic circles in the ’70s and ’80s went something like, “I grew up Catholic but then I got ‘born-again’ when I was at college” or “I was raised Methodist, but didn’t get really ‘saved’ until I was an adult.” Cherry Boone (b. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980): Canadian professor, philosopher and media theorist best known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and “global village.”. Dean Koontz (b. Bernard Nathanson (1926-2011): American medical doctor and a founding member of NARAL Pro-Choice America who joined the pro-life movement in the 1970s. “I do cooking classes so that people get in touch with the earth and its goodness,” says Sister Leslie. As I've listened intently to Catholics who dialogue with evangelicals, or to those evangelical leaders who to a large degree defend Roman Catholicism, I've noticed a couple of very disturbing points. The report by an Australian newspaper, which drew on documents from Australia’s financial crime regulator, did not detail where the money was dispersed. His wife, Cherie, is also Catholic. In the interwar years a distinguished group of British novelists converted to Catholicism, including Compton Mackenzie, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh, and began to make lasting contributions to the canon of English literature. Susan Hayward (1917-1975): Academy Award-winning actress who won the Oscar for her portrayal of death-row inmate Barbara Graham in I Want to Live! A peculiar thing has been happening at Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina. Discalced Carmelite nun who died at Auschwitz Chesterton started him on his journey home to the Catholic movement. 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