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Why the converts keep coming

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 30, 2005

At the present time, more than in any preceding age, Roman Catholics are seen to lapse into infidelity, and Protestants to be converted to Roman Catholicism. If you consider Catholicism within her own organization, it seems to be losing; if you consider it from the outside, it seems to be gaining. Nor is this difficult to explain. The men of our days are naturally little disposed to believe; but as soon as they have any religion, they immediately find in themselves a latent instinct that urges them unconsciously towards Catholicism. Many of the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church astonish them, but they feel a secret admiration for its discipline, and its great unity attracts them.

Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2005 8:56 AM ET USA

    It's sad when Baptists and Pentecostals are more Catholic than Catholics. This is not a club. But lots of cradle Catholics view it as a club. Check out most Catholic high schools in the US and you'll see more of a rich kid's club mentality than an institution alive with the faith. If a Catholic family has six kids, how are they supposed to send them to Catholic schools. Oh, I forgot all parents at my school just mysteriously have two kids, a boy and a girl, and can afford it. Club Catholic

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 30, 2005 11:22 PM ET USA

    You should see the ruckus caused when pagans enter.

  • Posted by: - May. 30, 2005 7:51 PM ET USA

    The converts keep coming because only in the Catholic Church can they receive the Body of Christ and be one with the Man who is Ressurrection and Life, Good Shepherd, and Light of the World. Even with the faults and sins of its human members, the Church is a precious inheritance which we must never take for granted.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 30, 2005 7:50 PM ET USA

    That was certainly true in de Tocqueville's day. It was even true when I entered the church, about half a century ago. I wonder if it's true today. Especially the part about discipline and unity, both of which were major to me.

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