Dr. Jim & Sally Shelton: A Charismatic Episcopal Priest & Wife Who Became Catholics

For more information about this series of posts and this TV series, see this page.

The thirty-second episode of The Journey Home is titled “Dr. Jim & Sally Shelton: A Charismatic Episcopal Priest & Wife Who Became Catholics” and aired July 10, 1998. It can be viewed online here.

About nine and a half minutes into this episode, Dr. Shelton quotes his parish priest as saying, “It would be a strange thing that if God would give us an infallible book without an infallible interpreter.” From my perspective now, this makes little sense; if god wants to communicate clearly, why communicate in a way that requires an interpreter at all? This is one of the few ways in which “Sola Scriptura” makes more sense than Catholicism; at least with sola scriptura, you are expecting god to communicate better than man can.

Much of the episode was about history. At some point, I’ll have to do a series of posts, I think, about whether history really does uphold Catholicism.

So far, our breakdown of the guests’ religious state before conversion to Catholicism looks like this.

  • Repeat Guest: 2
  • Serious Christian: 20
  • Always Catholic: 7
  • Lax Christian: 1
  • Non-Christian, but religious: 2
  • Non-believer, but not very skeptical: 0
  • Skeptic: 0

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