One of the most publicized conversion stories over the past several years has been author Anne Rice’s journey back to the Church after years of atheism.
Just last fall she told OSV that “my writing of the last few years has brought me much closer to my fellow Catholics and to many, many non-Catholics, too. I feel a communion with everybody that shares my values.”
So it’s no wonder, then, that many Catholics felt disappointment when Rice rather publicly dumped them — and Christianity, in general — via Facebook. In a post last month, she wrote: “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
Bringing light to her claims is The Anchoress (blogger Elizabeth Scalia) who takes on Rice’s problems with the Church point by point. She writes, “I do not know how anyone can read Pope John Paul II’s exhaustive teachings on the Theology of the Body and credibly declare the Church to be reactionary on issues of sexuality or womanhood.”
The key is taking the time to learn the faith and not rely on the outside world to define it. “Anne Rice wants to do the Life-in-Christ on her own, while saying ‘Yes’ to the worldly world and its values,” writes The Anchoress. “She seems not to realize that far from being an Institution of No, the Church is a giant and eternal urging toward ‘Yes,’ that being a ‘yes’ toward God ... rather than a ‘yes’ to ourselves.”
Maybe she could “friend” Rice on Facebook and help her see the light?