Friday, June 09, 2006

Randall Terry converts to Catholicism

The online edition of World magazine reports for the "June 17" edition (even though today is actually June 9) that Randall Terry, founder of the well-known Operation Rescue has "left his evangelical moorings and quietly joined the Roman Catholic Church."

The news article (scroll halfway down the page) reminds us that that Terry, now 46, started Operation Rescue in 1987, nearly 20 years ago, was arrested over 40 times, and driven into bankruptcy in 1998 following multiple lawsuits filed by the abortion industry.

He divorced his wife in 2000, joined the Charismatic Episcopal Church, remarried, and now has 9 children (3 by wife #1, 3 by wife #2, 2 by adoption, and a foster child). The article says "He is seeking an annulment of his first marriage in order to receive Catholic communion."

A lengthy article in the June 9 issue of the National Catholic Register gives far more information about Terry's history, struggles, and personal life. Terry "entered the Catholic Church on Holy Thursday" (April 13) and spoke with NCR interviewer Tim Drake from Terry's new home in St. Augustine, Florida. Drake describes Terry's legal battles and the "string of 27 lawsuits by organizations such as the National Organization for Women, the ACLS and Planned Parenthood" which caused Terry to lose his home in 1998.

Terry reflected, "If I had to do it all over again, I would. The lives of these children were worth the loss. It's the cost of war." Terry's home was obtained through the fundraising efforts of Alan Keyes, who asked donors to "restore what the enemy took" by contributing towards a new home for the Terry family.

The article is worth reading for anyone shaped by Operation Rescue, as is this separate interview, where we see a different look at Randall's somewhat meandering and stumbling trek that led him into Catholicism.

2 Comments:

Blogger Righteous Mama said...

Hello! Just dropping by. :o)

5:41 PM  
Blogger Joe B. Whitchurch said...

I've admired Randall Terry's courage and willingness to make a stand for the culture of life in the public square. It doesn't surprise me that he went Catholic though he will find a mixed bag of convictions here on abortion.

Most all will agree it is not a good choice but many will equate it with littering or the death penalty or saying a harsh word and not be nearly as activist via moral equivocations. Perhaps not where he is living but near major universities this tends to be the spin resulting in appearing far more sympathetic with 'stop the war', 'save the environment' mouthing candidates that are rarely anti-abortion than with genuine 'stop the destruction of 1.5 million unborn, relative innocents yearly via public policy' candidates.

That said, Terry's own mixture of strong convictions on a variety of forms of birth control and not just the IUD, and his strength of conviction about such, right next to abortion on demand itself, made me wonder years ago if he wasn't a candidate for going Roman Catholic. Alas, I see I was correct. I hope it doesn't (in his case) "dumb down" his anti abortion position with a host of other comparative political scrupples.

9:28 AM  

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