Blogger Joe Heschmeyer is a Roman Catholic and an attorney in Washington, D.C. He has been reading my blogs, and interacting with me via these blogs, for several years now. I have found Joe to always be a reasonable, intelligent and fair-minded apologist. He is a very conservative and devout Catholic. I disagree with a great deal of what he writes. But he, like me, is not a “read meat” fighter. He is a lover of all things related to Jesus and the church, especially the Catholic Church. His all roads lead to Rome stance is common among many young bloggers but it is unconvincing to me. Yet I find him often helpful and always fair. A Catholic friend, who is reader of Joe’s blog and of mine as well, sent me a link to an article that Joe wrote on June 15 about the movement of people (converts) between Catholic and evangelical Protestant churches. (I wrote about Catholic reasons for leaving their church just a few weeks ago.) Why do Catholics leave? Research suggests some important reasons that I wrote about and Joe acknowledges as well. Why do evangelicals become Catholic? There is less formal research here, so far as I can tell, but I have read both sides of this discussion and had more than a few friends who left to become Catholic. Joe’s voice is one that I warmly welcome even though I would wish for a little more openness on his part. He is insightful and generous. Please read his comments.
By the way, Joe is a serious baseball fan just like me. He has to be a true, die-hard fan because he loves the Kansas City Royals. This love has to be genuine since too many fans only support winners. For years I supported horrible Atlanta Braves losing teams but still showed up and wore my colors. I did not get on the band wagon in the 1990s when the Braves had all that great pitching and winning teams and were self-proclaimed to be “America’s Team.” (They never were except in Ted Turner’s marketing brain!)
Joe was born and reared in Kansas City, thus his childhood love for his team is rooted in place and passion. Joe now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. I hope someday I can meet Joe face-to-face. I have grown to love and admire him for his work and faithfulness.
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You’re too kind. People like you are a large part of what gives me hope for the future of Evangelical-Catholic relations. If we only had a hundred men of your spirit on each side of the Tiber leading the ecumenical dialogue! I’m not sure whether you’ll be in D.C. or I’ll be in the Windy City first, but we should absolutely plan to meet whenever our paths cross.
As for the Royals, my parents assure me that as a baby, I watched the ’85 World Series with them (that’s the Series we won). So if that counts, I haven’t always rooted for a losing team, just throughout my post-infancy.
Your brother in Christ,
I think I will be in D.C. in October, if plans hold up. I will let you know.
As for the Royals and your “infancy” it must count since we both believe infants can experience and know more than we can imagine or understand. Sports Illustrated may have jinxed them by declaring them World Champions in 2016. I watch their low-A team (Kane County)team every week in person and I see few or no really great prospects at this level.
Yeah Royals fans from KC! I can’t believe my town and team intersected one of my favorite Christian blogs. A sure sign of God’s Providence? I think so…
Only one clarification, since I dont think it is related personally to Mr.Joe, when John says “His all roads lead to Rome stance is common among many young bloggers”, why it involves only young bloggers? Is true that there are amateur or cafeteria Catholic bloggers but All roads lead to Rome, is a general reference, leading to the Sea of Rome, as the Sea of Unity, assigned by Christ Himself when he gave the keys to Peter, and can be seen in the Early Church Fathers, when they refer to Rome. Overall I am amazed by John’s kindness and wish that so many other evangelicals show his gracious spirit.
What do you mean John with : “His all roads lead to Rome stance is common among many young bloggers”,? Is true that there are amateur or cafeteria Catholic bloggers but All roads lead to Rome, seem to be a general reference, leading to the Sea of Rome, as the Sea of Unity, assigned by Christ Himself when he gave the keys to Peter, and can be seen in the Early Church Fathers, when they refer to Rome. But i dont know in what sense you say that.
Overall I am amazed by John’s kindness and wish that so many other evangelicals show his gracious spirit.