Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Possible Convert

National Review writer Rod Dreher, of "Crunchy Con" fame (or infamy, depending on your POV), announces he is considering conversion to Orthodoxy. "Grant it, O Lord, grant it!"

(Hat tip: Amy Welborn)

8 Comments:

Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

He's a hippie who opposes the death penalty and loves the environment. You can have him. ;-)

8:21 PM  
Blogger Eric John said...

So was Francis of Assisi!

10:52 PM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

He liked animals, but we don't know about the environmentalist thing...

12:34 AM  
Blogger gabriel said...

Frankly, I think it's unbecoming to gloat or cheerlead about particular real or possible conversions- particularly from Catholicism which ought to be your principal ecumenical partner. And, yes, I'd say the same thing if the situation was reversed.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Eric and IG, We all the love the environment; it's a question of political approach....

Gabriel, if you think we're rejoicing, you should hear the angels in heaven. :) (OK, seriously, folks...if you believe one Church is the true Church and you hear someone is discerning whether he is attracted to it for the "right reasons," what else should you do?)

God bless,
Ben

2:27 AM  
Blogger gabriel said...

I'm not denying you the right to be pleased at the prospect- but not everything is becoming in public.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Eric John said...

Well, now we're getting to the sticky question of just how separate the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches are. Whether they see themselves as separate is one thing, another is their separation on paper, and another has to do with all that lovely history. Then there's the issue of how we should receive RCs into the Orthodox communion. For any of these questions, there's no one, universal answer--which makes things even stickier. O.K., now I need a solvent!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

As a Catholic, I wasn't particularly offended gabriel. After all, I was pretty happy to meet some Catholic converts from Orthodoxy, too. Believe it or not, some of us can believe our Church is the correct one and not necessarily be uncivil to others.

3:43 PM  

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