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Why I Became a Catholic: A Timeless Conversion Story [Paperback]

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Pages   119
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.24" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 24, 2001
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  0898708079  
EAN  9780898708073  

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Originally written as a personal testimony to his own children on why he became a Catholic, this is a thoughtful and timeless conversion story of Sir Joseph Pope written during the early part of the 20th century. Born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1854 to a family renowned for distinguished service to the Canadian government, Joseph carried on the family tradition as a highly regarded civil servant.

Joseph served as the private secretary to Sir John Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, and then as Undersecretary of State during the government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Like St. Thomas More, Pope was held in high esteem as a public servant, and he enjoyed the total confidence of prime ministers and governors, all whom sought his advice. He also was a prolific author, including the official biographies of major Canadian historical figures.

Amidst this busy public life, Sir Joseph Pope developed a profound spiritual life and a mind always hungry for eternal truth. Raised in a nominal Anglican family, he sensed the inconsistencies and lack of solid authority and doctrinal beliefs in Anglicanism. His persistent, courageous search for the fullness of truth finally led him home to the Catholic Church. Having found the pearl of great price, he wrote this lasting memoir to share with his children, and now all of us, the rich treasure of his Catholic faith.

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A fast and fearless read  Jul 20, 2006
This is the sort of little book I love to stumble on, but which, with the rising costs of paper, printing, and thus books, is becoming all too rare. It's the story of Sir Joseph Pope, a Canadian politician of nearly a century ago, explaining to his children why he became Roman Catholic.

I say "story" because what's intriguing to me is what this change meant for him, being highly respected and highly placed, as it were. In that respect it reads sort of like Brideshead Revisited. I hardly ever wish books were longer (and often wish they were shorter) but in this case I do. This absolutely fascinating book was for me the tip of the iceberg. It alludes to, but does not explain, all sorts of events in Canadian history and particularly the British Reformation. Of course all that would be common knowledge to his readers then, and Sir Pope likely did not think we'd be reading his memoirs some 100 years later--or find them so fascinating.

This book nevertheless sells at quite a clip, and my plea would be that the next edition include a lot more footnotes or maybe a long introduction and a glossary. Maybe Martin Gardner will provide an annotated version as he has with many of G.K. Chesterton's novels. Or maybe Joseph Pearce will rise to the occasion and make Sir Pope the subject of his next biography.

At any rate, whatever Sir Pope's children thought of these letters, he's hooked this reader and left him wanting more.

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