By now you have probably heard about Anne Rice’s de-conversion from Roman Catholicism. The famous vampire novelist came back to Catholicism about 12 years ago (see video below), but now has decided that she can no longer be a Christian. In short, she wants to be devoted to Jesus, but she can’t stand what the Roman Catholic Church stands for. So she’s checking out. She made the announcement Wednesday on her Facebook page, and you can read her remarks there. Earlier today, she commented on one of the blogs at the First Things site. She writes:
“It is possible for a well informed, well educated and well intentioned Catholic, after considerable reflection to walk away from the church. It does happen. â€” I feel that I have always acknowledged the consequence of secular humanism and feminism and that they have been largely good in this country and in other countries in the West. I deplore abortion but it is scarcely the only consequence. â€”â€“ Yes, you are certainly right that Fr. Neuhaus was kind to me, and I will always appreciate his kindness.
“Whatever my faults, and I have countless faults, I am committed to Christ and I do have good intentions. I have endeavored to be honest with myself and others about my lifelong spiritual quest.”
This isn’t the only statement Ms. Rice has made since her initial announcement. There are at least three posts from her Facebook page that you should read, and they are printed below. The first one is her initial announcement.
10:36am, Wednesday, July 28: “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”
10:41am, Wednesday, July 28: “As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
2:06pm, Thursday, July 29: “My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.”
For those who are interested, the video below is the testimony of her conversion that she recorded for the “I am second” campaign.