So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Catholics are... wrong? Michael Coren becomes Anglican.

The blogosphere is waking up to the news that Michael Coren, British-Canadian columnist, writer (Why Catholics Are Right), public speaker, radio host and television personality and provocateur, has jumped the fence to Anglicanism. News was published (April 23rd) on the Anglican Diocese of Toronto facebook page: click HERE.

Some in the Canadian blogosphere have prodded Coren for some perceived departures on his part from Catholic doctrine. Perhaps those departures were part of a testing of the waters, a leaking of his shifting personal convictions into the public sphere.

Wikipedia has it about right. Coren
converted to Roman Catholicism in his early twenties while still living in England, but that didn't last long. He said that he "converted to an institution." He eventually converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1990s, after a conversion experience as an adult, greatly influenced by Canadian televangelist Terry Winter.

In 1991 Michael Coren said in a column for a humour magazine: "The evangelical Christians may be intolerant, small-minded, and repellent, but at least they hold a consistent set of beliefs".

In a 1993 book review he said "Can anyone imagine a detective priest? Regrettably, it is easier to conjure up the image of a priest being questioned by secular detectives over abuse charges." Also in 1993, Michael Coren had a falling out with the Catholic Church over an unflattering profile he wrote of Archbishop Aloysius Ambrozic for Toronto Life magazine. ... .

After this incident, Coren said that he didn't consider himself a Roman Catholic anymore. He said, "My wife is Catholic and the children will be raised Catholic, but that's it. It's just not there for me." Daniel Richler observed that Coren loves scandal, but hates having it come his way. In one of his columns for the satirical humour magazine Frank, Michael Coren depicted Mother Teresa getting drunk in a bar.

In early 2004, he embraced Catholicism again. He cites St. Thomas More, C. S. Lewis, Ronald Knox and his godfather Lord Longford as spiritual influences, and remains connected to the ecumenical scene in Canada and beyond.
Let's hope Mr. Coren is not so stubborn as to preclude a(nother) reconsideration, perhaps after a few years in the relativistic ACoC.

In a few years, perhaps we'll be reading a new book entitled Yikes, what was I thinking?! Why Catholicism is still right. The Prodigal Returns by Michael Coren.

Pray for Michael and his family. May God surround him with witnesses to the Faith who will help him reconsider his decision.



    1. Thank you for the link. Vox has this:


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