“If you’re surrounded by the shell of bigotry and racial hatred, the only thing that’s going to penetrate it ultimately is not reason but love. And it was those moments of love that actually penetrated and left me open to pursue the rational part.” – Joseph Pearce during an interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN 9/26/13
The unlikely story of a white-supremacist turned Catholic author is the theme of Joseph Pearce’s newest book and autobiography, Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love (Saint Benedict Press, 2013). Joseph Pearce is Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Last Thursday, September 26th, 2013, Joseph Pearce spoke with Canadian television host Michael Coren and EWTN anchor, Raymond Arroyo. Prior to his conversion, Pearce was head of an organization known as the National Front. As head of this white supremacist hate group, Pearce and his followers were key agitators in the racial tensions that enveloped much of London in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Pearce, a powerful voice within the National Front, was imprisoned on two different occasions for his activities within the hate group.
Watch as he shares with Raymond Arroyo both the memory of the first time he entered a Catholic church at age ten as well as a pivotal moment in jail at age 24.
On the occasion of his second imprisonment, Pearce began the slow process of freeing his mind and heart from the hatred and ignorance which had swallowed up much of his life. Through his contact with the works of such great Christian apologists as G.K. Chesterton, Belloc, and C.S. Lewis, Joseph was able to recognize the ruinous forces which had embedded themselves in his own consciousness and led him down a path of bigotry and anger.
Watch his interview with Michael Coren, where he discusses his gradual conversion. Especially poignant is his response to Mr. Coren’s question regarding whether or not his faith has ever wavered in more recent years.