I denne artikkelen kalles dette «one of the most under-reported religious stories of the past decade». I Norge har vi også eksempler på det samme; på MF er tre professorer nå blitt katolikker, og ved opptagelsen av de to siste (i fjor og forfjor) var det nesten ingen publisitet rundt det. Anglikanere som konverterer får for tids mye oppmerksomhet, men det samme gjelder ikke lutheranere – leser vi:
One of the most under-reported religious stories of the past decade has been the movement of Lutherans across the Tiber.
What first began with prominent Lutherans, such as Richard John Neuhaus (1990) and Robert Wilken (1994), coming into the Catholic Church, has become more of a landslide that could culminate in a larger body of Lutherans coming into the collectively.
In 2000, former Canadian Lutheran Bishop Joseph Jacobson came into the Church. …
In 2003, Leonard Klein, a prominent Lutheran and the former editor of Lutheran Forum and Forum Letter came into the Church. Today, both Jacobson and Klein are Catholic priests.
Over the past several years, an increasing number of Lutheran theologians have joined the Church’s ranks, some of whom now teach at Catholic colleges and universities. They include, but are not limited to: Paul Quist (2005), Richard Ballard (2006), Paul Abbe (2006), Thomas McMichael, Mickey Mattox, David Fagerberg, Bruce Marshall, Reinhard Hutter, Philip Max Johnson, and most recently, Dr. Michael Root (2010).
“The Lutheran church has been my intellectual and spiritual home for forty years,” wrote Dr. Root. “But we are not masters of our convictions. A risk of ecumenical study is that one will come to find another tradition compelling in a way that leads to a deep change in mind and heart. Over the last year or so, it has become clear to me, not without struggle, that I have become a Catholic in my mind and heart in ways that no longer permit me to present myself as a Lutheran theologian with honesty and integrity. ….
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Hva heter MF-professorene som har konvertert? Jeg vet at det skal finnes flere enn Bernt Oftestad, men aner ikke hvem de er. Som du påpeker: Publisiteten rundt dette har vært bemerkelsesverdig laber.
Den ene er Øystein Lund, opptatt i april 2009 – les om ham her: http://www.katolsk.no/biografier/innenriks/olund
Den siste (som visst er førsteamanuensis) ble opptatt i fjor høst, Jan Schumacher. Les om ham på MFs nettsider her: http://www.mf.no/index.cfm?id=304557