Confessions of a Convert

[Confessions of a Convert]
Ave Maria Press
Notre Dame
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Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
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Robert Hugh Benson, a former Anglican priest, narrates his conversion to Catholicism. As the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this caused much controversy in England. In his testimony, he confesses that he came to the Church blind, dumb and miserable, attracted only by the brightness of the star of faith. Benson narrates how he faced his intellectual and emotional prejudices, as well as the external difficulties he had to face in order to follow the path which, in conscience, he knew to be the only right one.

Deeply English, he presents a great deal of detail about his contemporaries and about the historical and doctrinal problems of the relationship between Catholics and Anglicans that may puzzle a less educated reader. But Benson's journey is worth knowing. The author died at the age of 43, leaving behind several literary works and a book about prayer: Friendship with Christ. A good book, for anyone.

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal
Update on: May 2023