chris griffin
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Catholics should not admire or reference C. S. Lewis who rejected Catholicism.

C. S. Lewis quote against Catholicism…

“The Roman Church where it differs from this universal tradition and specially from apostolic Christianity I reject. Thus their theology about the Blessed Virgin Mary I reject because it seems utterly foreign to the New Testament; where indeed the words “Blessed is the womb …More
Catholics should not admire or reference C. S. Lewis who rejected Catholicism.

C. S. Lewis quote against Catholicism…

“The Roman Church where it differs from this universal tradition and specially from apostolic Christianity I reject. Thus their theology about the Blessed Virgin Mary I reject because it seems utterly foreign to the New Testament; where indeed the words “Blessed is the womb that bore thee” receive a rejoinder pointing in exactly the opposite direction. Their papalism seems equally foreign to the attitude of St. Paul toward St. Peter in the epistles. The doctrine of Transubstantiation insists on defining in a way which the New Testament seems to me not to countenance. In a word, the whole set-up of modern Romanism seems to me to be as much a provincial or local variation from the central, ancient tradition as any particular Protestant sect is. I must therefore reject their claim: though this, of course, does not mean rejecting particular things they say.”

“The real reason why I cannot be in communion with you [Catholics] is not my disagreement with this or that Roman doctrine, but that to accept your Church means, not to accept a given body of doctrine, but to accept in advance any doctrine your Church hereafter produces. It is like being asked to agree not only to what a man has said but also to what he is going to say.”

Why C.S. Lewis Never Became a Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic writer Fr Dwight Longenecker recently asked and answered the question “Why Didn’t C. S. Lewis Ever Become Catholic?” In doing so, …
V.R.S.
I remember also the battle of the Middle Earth that Mr. Pearce lost in a miserable way (with the priest from the Regina Prophetarum site)
cf.
reginaprophetarum.org

theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/04/defending-tolkien-cloak-dagger-priest.html

theimaginativeconservative.org/…tolkien-heretic-rebutting-cloak-dagger-priest.html
One example of Mr. Pearce's baloney (or even worse than simple balo…More
I remember also the battle of the Middle Earth that Mr. Pearce lost in a miserable way (with the priest from the Regina Prophetarum site)
cf.
reginaprophetarum.org

theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/04/defending-tolkien-cloak-dagger-priest.html

theimaginativeconservative.org/…tolkien-heretic-rebutting-cloak-dagger-priest.html
One example of Mr. Pearce's baloney (or even worse than simple baloney *)):
"Take, for example, Father X’s complete misunderstanding of Christian teaching on Sin and Death: “In the Middle-Earth of Tolkien, death, for men, is a gift.… The Church teaches that death is a punishment for sin.” Oh dear! Father X seems to know nothing of the ancient Christian concept of the felix culpa, the “happy fault” in which the punishment for sin is also a gift and a blessing from God. Does Father X not know the traditional Exsultet for the Paschal Vigil Mass: O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem, “O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” "
(*) cf. Rom 5, 12 et seq., Wis 1,13, Wis 2,24, Ecclus. 25,24).

PS The comment below one of JP texts linked above:
"I enjoy Tolkien’s writing. And there’s nothing in Tolkien’s writing that Freemasons would object to. Quite the contrary. Nor would Masons denigrate Tolkien anonymously. Tolkien’s writing is typically about good versus evil, with good winning out in the end. Freemasons have absolutely no problem with that idea." ;)
Ultraviolet
@V.R.S Tolkien's role in converting Lewis to Christianity is incontrovertible and directly supported by primary source documents written by Lewis himself. Cite 1 and Cite 2 If you wish to draw a distinction between Christianity and Protestantism, that's a different matter.
V.R.S.
One of the most absurd propositions I have read claims that JRR Tolkien converted CS Lewis to Protestantism.
According to Mr. Pearce's words poor GKC had also a huge influence here.
It's like to say that the Bible helps in "conversions" to Protestantism or encourages Jews to remain in their obstinacy.
Facts Not Lies
Not all writers are Catholic.
Faith and talent have not specifically been corollary throughout history.

Good works are good works...

The list of non-Catholic works is huge. If we were to shun works by all non-Catholics we would definitely not be using Facebook, google, Windows, Apple, Samsung, ... most of TV broadcasts, ...

There is even a chance that the software running on this forum is …More
Not all writers are Catholic.
Faith and talent have not specifically been corollary throughout history.

Good works are good works...

The list of non-Catholic works is huge. If we were to shun works by all non-Catholics we would definitely not be using Facebook, google, Windows, Apple, Samsung, ... most of TV broadcasts, ...

There is even a chance that the software running on this forum is written by non-Catholics (whole or in part).
chris griffin
Thanks, but none of this justifies following and lauding a supposedly "Godly" man who wrote about Christian Faith while publicly and definitively rejecting the Catholic Church.
Facts Not Lies
I cannot say who implied C.S.Lewis was a 'godly' man.
I can definitely say he is an excellent writer and futurist whos work are often represented in society well after his writings.
chris griffin
Lewis wrote much about God and Christian Faith so that falls into the category of “Godly” and he was widely praised for that. I don’t think a quote is needed for that.

It is obvious that despite his excellent writing and futuristic ability he publicly rejected the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church which is truth. He rejected salvific truth.
Ultraviolet
Ironic, considering how many people today follow a merry band of schismatics who misrepresent themselves as still part of the Catholic Church. Whatever they pretend or claim, they are not in full communion with it and that's been corroborated by the popes who've been forced to deal with them.
Live Mike
C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church - Joseph Pearce
catholicnewsagency.com/column/53084/c-s-lewis-and-the-catholic-church
chris griffin
The Joseph Pearce article is a poor apology for Lewis. Lewis plainly rejected the Catholic Church till the day he died.
John A Cassani
He was pretty solid on the Natural Law, from all I’ve read, but, on matters of Faith, he should be steered way clear of. Nobody’s perfect, but Belloc and Chesterton, among others are preferable. And The Lord of the Rings blows Narnia out of the water completely.