This video will be of special interest to non-Catholics, of course, since it addresses their chief criticisms of Catholicism. It will also be of interest to Catholics who wish to develop a more complete understanding of how the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church was regarded by non-Catholics a long time ago. Team Francis claims that the Catholic Church of the past was rigid and lacked compassion for those on the peripheries. But Michael Matt’s great-grandfather’s personal letters put the lie to this. After all, why would so many great men of letters – Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Malcolm Muggeridge, G.K. Chesterton, Charles Peguy, and Hugo Klapproth – have converted to a “rigid and “neo-Pelagianism” religion that lacked any serious compassion for “the other”, i.e., immigrants and those living on the peripheries?
This video offers a charitable invitation to non-Catholics to consider the patient apologia of a former Lutheran – and a prominent member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod – who went on to become an outspoken defender of the Roman Catholic Church. How? Why? What about “statue worship,” “Mary worship,” the “non-Biblical roots” of Purgatory and the Sacrament of Confession? It’s all covered here and with loving compassion of one old friend to another.
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