Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord....."(he) had been reconciled with the Church before he finally succumbed to the disease. He died a Catholic." Praise be to God...how merciful, how gracious, how AWESOME a God do we serve!
Did he lived a wayward life and had an animosity with the Church before his conversion?
Wayward in so far as he lived an active gay lifestyle and his novels dealt with that. He maintained an idiosyncratic spiritual life however - but lived it apart from the Church. He remained attracted to the Carmelite mystics and these influenced his spirituality.
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