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"I wish I were Catholic!"

diongillard/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Deed   "Oh, I wish I were Catholic!" I had not one, not two, but three people express this sentiment to me at the Festival of Faith & Writing , which I attended in early April for the first time after years of having it on my "spiritual, emotional, and creative development" wish list. As I came to learn, hearing this idea expressed multiple times in this particular setting was notable for a few reasons. First, much like the university hosting it, the Festival has its roots in evangelical Christianity, which I personally have not always found to be a community open to or curious about Catholicism. Second, the Catholic Church as an institution invites so much (often justifiable) criticism that Catholicism as a millennia-old faith tradition can get lost in the shuffle. And third, as Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books shared in his presentation on trends within Christian publishing, religious publishing in general has become more

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