Conversion to Catholicism

Nicholas Sagovsky

in 'On God's Side'

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683176 | DOI:
Conversion to Catholicism

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This chapter details George Tyrrell's conversion to Catholicism. Tyrrell arrived in London on All Fools' Day 1879, a sandy-haired, insecure boy of 18, with a low opinion of his own worth, conscious of physical ugliness and the longing for a spiritual home. He was both attracted by the apparent stability of Catholicism and tormented by his sceptical nature and terror of being deceived. Despite his doubts and hesitations, ‘convinced by a syllogism’, on 18 May he made his confession and became a Roman Catholic.

Keywords: George Tyrrell; Catholicism; Catholics; religious conversion; Jesuits

Chapter.  2471 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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