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Catholic Sola Fide

Catholic Sola Fide Throughout my series of posts laying out scriptural difficulties with sola fide, I have tried to be careful to frame it as the Protestant view of sola fide. There are two reasons for this. First, it is

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The Catholic view of merit

Many (or most, or bunches of) Protestants have the false idea in their heads that the Catholic Church teaches we are saved by our works: that we can merit entrance into heaven somehow based upon something we do. This is

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What we take to be good

What we think is good and what is actually good are not necessarily the same thing. An obvious way to see this distinction is in the way that children choose when given a choice between candy and turnips for supper.

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The Pastor’s work, according to Trent

The title of this post is slightly inaccurate, but only for the sake of brevity. The full title should be “The Pastor’s Work, According to the Catechism of the Council of Trent”. This catechism was promulgated by Pope Pius V

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Reality Check

For all you folks who claim that Trent contradicted Aquinas: So what you want me to believe is that the most famous, most studied, and arguably the greatest Catholic theologian of the last millennium was contradicted by what is arguably

Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Council of Trent

Justification’s Cause

Here is an exercise for Protestant critics who say we Catholics believe in “salvation by works.” What follows is an enumeration of the causes of justification from chapter vii of the Council of Trent’s Decree on Justification. Please identify which

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Roman Catechism on Justification

Many Protestants have mistaken opinions about what the Catholic Church teaches concerning justification. One major aspect of their error has to do with their claim that the Catholic Church teaches a “works-based” justification, by which they mean to say that

Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Council of Trent, Justification

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

If you don’t know the Bible, you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ. So says the Catechism (§133) and Vatican II (Dei Verbum 25). This is why the Church “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful…to learn ‘the surpassing

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