Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Tide Turning Towards Catholocism

I was tipped off to this interesting article over at Amy Welborn's site. This may be true in America, but I haven't seen the same turn in the UK or Western Europe.
What do some of you think the difference may be?

Read it all here.

The Catholic theme was coming from many sources that weren’t Catholic. CS Lewis was getting a new found popularity, especially as it related to the release of the Narnia movie. Lewis’ prominence also gave prominence to the person that Lewis said was chiefly responsible for his conversion, JRR Tolkein. In light of the problems with the Anglican Church and its seeming abandonment of the tradition Lewis most admired about it, is there any wonder that if Lewis were alive today he would follow the path so many other devout Anglicans have followed and become Catholic. Even bed rock Evangelical writers like Chuck Colson have sounded more Catholic as of late. The former Watergate conspirator turned repentant prison minister is sounding more and more Catholic and whether that is due to this Catholic wife or not, it is turning heads in literary circles. In this recent Christianity Today article, Colson recounted the travails of both St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross and how that corresponds to his spiritual journey. Perhaps the most interesting literary development of the year is the return of novelist Ann Rice from the "dark side." She has come back into the Catholic world, which she left as a teenager, after many years of dabbling in novels conerning dark, occult like subjects. She returned to the Catholic world with a vengence, appearing in various media formats describing her "Prodigal Daughter" experience. This story, along with many others, were frequently discussed on the rapidly growing number of Catholic websites and blogs. The overhwelming majority of these websites and blogs reflect the Church's traditional stance on many issues. Yet another sign that the faithful are happy with the message of the Church.


Blogger Dave said...

I find it troubling that people will over look the heterdox theology of the Roman Catholic Church just because it "feels" comfortable and "familiar". There are the churches of all the other Patriarchs that is more "via media" in the sense that it has the catholic faith once and for all delivered which really has the undefiled truth without Roman Catholic innovation and Protestant subtraction.

I'd love to see Western Rite Orthodox parishes all over the world.

6:46 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

Dave thanks for coming by and commenting. With as much as Lancelot Andrewes, my dissertation topic, loved the Eastern Fathers, I can only imagine where he would be if he were alive today. I think if I were to place a bet it would be in the Orthodox Western Rite Church. He loved those Fathers and it is known that he was hopeful of some sort of a union with them. Please continue to comment and provide links and articles whenever you wish.

all the very best

7:35 am  
Blogger Bobby J. Kennedy said...

BTW: Anne Rice mentions in her book that Bishop Tom Wright is one of the people who have had the greatest influence on her recent return to the faith. She mentions the impact that "Resurrection of the Son of God" had on her, in particular.

I have not read the book but I picked it up here at the library to see if she mentioned anyone or anything that could be responsible for her return to the Church. I was surprised to say the least.

4:31 pm  

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