Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Catholicism's Vision

Yesterday between classes a student in my introductory theology course asked me why I was a Roman Catholic. Half of her family is Roman Catholic, and she was frank in saying that she really didn't understand why anyone, like me, would choose to become Catholic.

I didn't have much time to speak with her, so I promised that I would send to her a link to an article I wrote in 2013 about what I understand to be the meaning and purpose of Catholicism. Unfortunately, the newspaper for which I wrote the article no longer has a link to it online, so I figured I would upload a scan of the article here:

1 comment:

  1. It's beautifully written, Dr. Hillis. Indeed, it is so beautifully written that I think it is applicable to all Christians. As an evangelical Episcopalian, I believe the beauty and vision you described in Catholicism is the beauty and vision of Christianity itself, a loving union with God and our neighbor.

    I hope your student was inspired by this piece. But I have doubts. Sometimes I've tried to describe Christianity this way to skeptics and the response is a shrug - "why should I care?" What seems beautiful and profound to one ear can often sound arcane and irrelevant to other ears. It's always a struggle to show that theology is relevant and inspiring training for our spiritual vision. How did your student react?