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Habemus Episcopum

That did not take as long as I feared! Our dear Bishop Johnston was transferred to Kansas City last November by Pope Francis. We were very sorry to see him go, but in a certain way it seemed inevitable; he

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Etc, Francis I

Hear the one He sends

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. Luke 10:16, NABRE I came across this passage again in my regular reading today and it motivated this

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology

Yes, we have no bananas

Nobody’s perfect. That includes ministers of the local ecclesial communities and Catholic parishes. Some folks would have us believe that it is intolerable for any cleric ever to sin, and that those ministers who habitually do wrong prove that Christianity

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Ecclesiology, Veritatis Splendor

Newman QOTD

Here is an intriguing remark from Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s work An Essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent: [I]f it is the duty of the Church to act as “the pillar and ground of the Truth,” she

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Protestantism

The Accidental Catholic

[Note: this is essentially the same article that I wrote for Called to Communion in 2011. I thought it might be helpful to post here too, at least as a backup copy. I have made a few alterations to chronological

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Epistemology, Protestantism

Infallibility – Why it matters

The Catholic Church affirms that under certain conditions the Pope, the Bishops, and in a certain way the Church herself exercises a gift of infallibility. This is a stumbling block for most Protestants. Why is this dogma so important that

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Ecclesiology, Faith, Infallibility

Reconciliation and the Visible Church

The CCC says in §1445: Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God. Reconciliation with God and with the Church go together. You can’t have one without the other. Why is that? The answer, I think, is to

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Forgiveness, Penitence, Protestantism

The Woman of Revelation 12

A contentious subject betwixt Protestants and Catholics focuses on the identity of the Woman of Revelation 12: 1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a

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Posted in Blessed Virgin, Ecclesiology, Faith Seeking Understanding, Scripture

The Saints Care

On a few occasions I have heard people suggest that even if the saints in heaven do hear our prayers, they do not care about what goes on down here: in other words, the point is that even if they

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Saints

That’s what I keep saying

If the Church, the faithful guardian of truth, lose the truth, by whom shall the truth be found? —St. Francis de Sales Exactly. And this is why Protestantism destroys any hope whatsoever of ever discovering revealed truth: because the Protestant

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Infallibility, Lumen Gentium, Protestantism
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