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is under discussion over at the Register.
It may be better to focus on our own sinfulness rather than on the shortcomings of others…
Mighty and rich Romans were converted to the Faith (Orthodox legend has both a daughter of Trajan and a daughter of Nero, I think, coverting.). Was this through outreach to the elites? Perhaps, but I have not read of this. Usually it was through witness of the faith of martyrs. We live in an age where few of us have the faith to attract the positive attention of the elites, whoever they may be.