What I noticed when the news first hit was that so many of the comments from self-professed atheists seemed to assume that human life has only one dimension that really counts: the intellectual. And that atheists corner that market. While I obviously take issue with the second assumption, it is the first that rally strikes me as sad. What a diminution of humanity! And it is precisely the restriction that the new catechumen could not accept: her approach to the Church came through the recognition thta, in the end, "morality" is a person. And He loves her.
For a summary and all the pertinent links, go to that same Catholic portal for Elizabeth Scalia's observations, among which the following:
We have a long history of brilliant people — atheists and non — who have trained their big brains on Catholicism, intending to either disprove it or simply to splash about in its currents, only to find themselves drawn further in. Catholic teaching has been thoroughly reasoned and laboriously fleshed-out; there is actual thinking, full of nuance and complexity, at its core — where Faith and Reason share a kinship, within which the natural and supernatural wave back and forth, like wind-stirred wheat in a field; it’s a dance of organic wholeness.