In the days before the beatification of John Henry Newman, I received a copy of a 500-page encyclopedia of British and Irish converts to the Catholic Church. Roads to Romeprovides sketches—some short and some long—of converts from Reformation times to our own day. In flipping through the pages, I marveled at how many “notable converts” (as the subtitle puts it) the editor, John Beaumont, managed to gather. Let me list some of those that appear under the letter A.
Indeed. I think this book proves—as if proof were needed—that to become a Catholic is precisely what “a very sensible person” would do.