I attended a C.S. Lewis conference in Austin, Texas. There, I met Peter Kreeft, who was speaking about 10 things to learn about evil from The Lord of the Rings. I spoke to him during a break. There, all of my bigotry about Catholicism came to play. My thought was: Here is an incredibly articulate and intelligent man who became a Catholic while he was attending Calvin College. Why would he do that?
That conversation triggered the question, and I realized at that moment that I needed to put aside all of the cultural Catholics whom I had met, who were misrepresenting Catholicism to me. I also had to put aside all of the misinterpretations of Catholicism that I had learned from Protestants — people who thought they knew what Catholicism was, but didn’t. I had to put both groups aside and simply study what the ancient Church believed and what it didn’t, and let the Church speak for itself. That put me on a five-year gentle journey of study and prayer and talking to priests and others who could articulate the essence of what the Church is.
I thought that really summed up what Candy and so many others believe. Erik has made a lot of his background as a Catholic, but really, he was a "cultural Catholic." Candy and the Jack Chick contingent think they know what Catholicism is, but they are wrong, and worse, they are misrepresenting.
Welcome home to Mr. McCusker.