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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, Oct. 19, 2021

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. …

If I were a convert, which I am not, I think I’d rather resent hearing the Pope tell me that I’d made a mistake in becoming one. It seems rather off-putting, don’t you think, to go ahead and pope, only to have the real one in Rome suddenly announce that maybe you shouldn’t have?

What’s going on here? Is it a big deal or just a little dustup in a dirt field? Well, it certainly strikes me as a big deal, even if it wasn’t actually the Pope saying it but some high-level twit speaking on his behalf, one of those “ecclesial pests” about whom Pope Pius IX used to complain.

And in this particular instance it was, by any standard, an exceedingly big deal. Because here was no ordinary convert crossing the Tiber, as they say, to become Catholic. …

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