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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

Short Argument for the Visible Church

There are billboards in my area which quote a Bible verse that I think is not likely to have the meaning its purchasers intend. It is 2 Chronicles 7:14: if my people who are called by my name humble themselves,

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Lumen Gentium

Habemus Papam

Lord, grant Your servant Pope Francis the grace and help of Your Spirit as he shepherds Your flock.

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Francis I, Papacy

Apostolic Sucession – Addendum

In a previous post I offered a brief argument from Sacred Scripture in defense of apostolic succession. Here are some additional thoughts inspired by CCC §2: Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel:

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Ecclesiology, Fides et Ratio, Lumen Gentium

Apostolic Succession: Short Scriptural Argument

“Let someone else take over his office” (Acts 1:20). It says later in the chapter that St. Matthias (who was chosen to take Judas Iscariot’s office) was listed among the twelve apostles, and some suppose that merely to restore the

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Treasury of Merits

Some Protestants object that there is no basis for the Catholic doctrine of the treasury of merits of the saints (about which see here in the Catechism). But this doctrine is really in essence not different from the fact that

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Catechesis and Disciple-Making

In the Great Commission Jesus commanded the apostles, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands

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Quoth a (former?) Protestant

Scripture (which is uniquely inspired) must be interpreted. Either everyone’s interpretation is equally valid (or invalid), or Jesus founded a church whose leaders are able to offer an interpretation that trumps mine. Exactly. If God does not protect His Church

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Fides et Ratio, Infallibility, Protestantism

Digression on Mission

In our last episode we saw (among other things) that it’s important to know that those who claim to speak for God have been authorized to do so. I’d like to make a few related observations about this. How do

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The Necessity of the Gospel and the Church

In our last post we saw that God freely made us to have fellowship with Him. But that is not the whole story because of sin. Man turns his back on God. But God in His love acted to save

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