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A Catholic-convert of over twenty years, who was until a few days ago a well-known employee of a large and important archdiocese in the USA – a man of some significant public good-repute with an important role and great impact in Catholic youth ministry – has just publicly re-converted to Seventh Day Adventism (SDA) and has taken a job as assistant pastor at an SDA church.
First of all, before I go any further, I wish to comply completely with all of the CAF rules and regulations. Even if you know who I’m talking about, let’s keep the focus off of the specific individual – his name nor links to his website nor blog never need appear in this thread.
Moreover, at this point the general reasons for his re-conversion shouldn’t be the subject matter of this thread, though I think such would at some point make for a worthwhile discussion, as he has made them public and they are important to think about (moderators, please advise us).
Rather, let’s focus on the following:
(1) A Catholic-convert of many years, very well educated in the Catholic Faith and history of the Church, and well known and respected for his work in Catholic evangelization and for his talent at writing about and explaining faith-matters, suddenly apostasizes, returning to his former religion.
In a general way, how can we encourage those who will be greatly scandalized by such a spiritual tragedy? What is the best to pray about this? What is the best way to deal with it personally and as a Church?
(2) The person in question has re-converted to Seventh Day Adventism, which is corporately well-known as a dedicated and venomous critic of the Catholic Church. Moreover, this former-Catholic’s talents as a writer set him up to be a particularly dangerous “poisoned dragon” when it comes to advancing the SDA faith through SDA-centric criticism of the Catholic Church.
How good are the Catholic SDA-related apologetics materials – those freely available and those which can be purchased in print or audio format – which are presently readily available? My search on google and some other places leaves me a little worried …
Your thoughts are invited and welcomed on this matter.
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
IC XC NIKA