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Detroit TV personality Chuck Gaidica’s ‘breaking news’: he’s returned to the Church

“Well, breaking news, I’ve returned to the Catholic Church,” Gaidica said to an applauding audience.

Gaidica said the mystery woman planted a seed in his mind to return to his childhood beliefs. His conversion meant leaving the church he pasted and explaining his decision to his wife, family, friends, and the community. But once he started researching, he couldn’t shake the thought.

“The big ‘why’ is ‘why did I go back to the Catholic Church?’ And I think the best way to sum up the intriguing part of that question is to quote GK Chesterton,” Gaidica said. “Why I’m Catholic is that there are 10,000 reasons, all of which boil down to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”

Gaidica’s television career has taken him all over the world and enabled him to do some incredible things, including flying with the Blue Angels and obtaining a scuba diver and instrument pilot rating. But all of those things came later in his life, Gaidica said, including his decision to return to the Catholic Church at the age of 64.

“I’m here tonight for two reasons: to say thank you,” Gaidica said. “The second is to encourage. There’s a lot of crazy things happening in the world right now. A lot of crazy things are going on in the church. So be encouraged. Those who are looking for a place to find peace in a very fearful world should know the Catholic Church. They should be encouraged. The world is full of fear. Others who have fallen away from the faith and given up should be encouraged. It is never too late.”

Aside from a chance encounter with a woman who encouraged him to return to the Church, Chuck Gaidica quotes GK Chesterton when asked why he returned to the Catholic faith:
Aside from a chance encounter with a woman who encouraged him to return to the Church, Chuck Gaidica quotes GK Chesterton when asked why he returned to the Catholic faith: “Why I’m Catholic is that there are 10,000 reasons why all boil down to one reason: that Catholicism is true,” he said. Photo by Daniel Meloy | Detroit Catholic

Gaidica recalled when his family stopped attending mass during his childhood. After the death of his uncle, whom Gaidica referred to as his best friend and affectionately called “uncle,” Gaidica said he quit the church.

“I look back and I’m like, ‘Did I set my eyes on the wrong thing?'” Gaidica said. “Have I been looking for an excuse not to come back? Looking back on it now, I wish my father had had the enthusiasm at that part of my young life, as he did later in life, to go to church, to be involved in community life, because that would have helped me. “

“And for those of us who fix our eyes on the wrong things instead of what is true and beautiful and artful and real in the Catholic Church,” Gaidica said, “I urge you to take your concerns to the foot of the cross.” bring . Bring them to Jesus.”

Gaidica said his faith journey has become a wrestling match with God. He found solace in Protestant churches and hopped from denomination to denomination. He never considered returning to the Catholic Church — especially after the revelations of the 2002 sex abuse scandals in Boston and elsewhere.

Gaidica recalled that several years ago he was riding in his car listening to a news report on the scandals when he said aloud, “God, how can I ever go back to this church?”

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“And an answer came back to me,” Gaidica said. “I didn’t hear a voice. I didn’t see a flash. I haven’t seen a talking donkey in my driveway; I have not heard anything. But the message immediately came back to me: “Why not? The Church has never abandoned you.’ I had to stop my car because the answer was true. The Church was, is and always will be. It’s always here. I pictured God standing there with his arms up and saying, “Come on; i knew you were coming Come on.'”

Chuck Gaidica said he jumped at the opportunity to give his conversion testimony at St. Stephen's, where his newfound faith was a jumpstart eight years ago.  Photo by Daniel Meloy |  Detroit Catholic
Chuck Gaidica said he jumped at the opportunity to give his conversion testimony at St. Stephen’s, where his newfound faith was a jumpstart eight years ago. Photo by Daniel Meloy | Detroit Catholic

Although Gaidica now lives in Northville, Michigan, he said he jumped at the opportunity to share his conversion story in Port Huron, where eight years ago a chance encounter with an unknown woman changed his life.

“He was encouraged to return to the Catholic Church when he was last here, so he actually reached out to us and asked if he could come back,” Karen Clor, coordinator of adult faith education at Holy Trinity Parish in Port Huron, Detroit Catholic told. “Because everyone who said to him, ‘Come back to church,’ was here, he came back to say thank you.”

Clor said Gaidica would be a suitable person to restart Holy Trinity’s line of distinguished speakers.

“I think he’s listening to the Lord, and that inspires me,” Clor said. “So often we run through life and never stop realizing what God wants for us. That’s the inspirational part for me: Chuck stops and listens to the Lord and then acts.”

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