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*Image: The Conversion of St. Paul by Caravaggio, c. 1600 [Odescalchi Balbi Collection, Rome]

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, March 3, 2020

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. He lives in Hyattsville, MD with his wife Catherine, also a professor at the Busch School, and their eight children. …

Michael PakalukA recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Saxum Holy Land Dialogues led me to think carefully about the question of whether today, given the crisis and confusion in the Church, if I were an eager “C.S. Lewis” Protestant – as I once was – I would become a Catholic, here and now, again.

In part, it was because the young professionals I accompanied wanted to hear about my earlier conversion to Catholicism as a grad student, so I was compelled to re-examine my motives.  In part, it was because a pilgrimage offers something like the fullest possible means to embrace Christianity for a Protestant.

I prayed in Gethsemane and stood atop Golgotha. I read the Beatitudes in my Greek New Testament, while looking out over the Sea of Tiberias.  I sang Adeste Fideles in fellowship with other believers in the grotto of Bethlehem.  But doing all that, what would I still lack, if I were a Protestant as before?  So I took an inventory for myself, and here is my tally.  ….

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