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Aquinas, Exegesis, and Prophecy

The Church teaches that interpretation of the Bible must be done within “the living Tradition of the whole Church”. According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and

Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Catechism, Dei Verbum, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Magisterium, Scripture, Solo Scriptura, Vatican II

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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Posted in Apologetics, Council of Trent, Merit, Vatican II

Development for all, or the privileged few?

Many of us have alternately had a good laugh or got our dander up thanks to Limbaugh’s ludicrous assertion that Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation (n.b.: not encyclical; there is a difference) exposed the Pope as a “Marxist [sic]”. One of

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Francis I, Rerum Novarum, Vatican II

The Church is Steward of Revelation

When I was a Protestant I was regularly frustrated by the fact that publishing houses and other non-ecclesial bodies had effectively assumed stewardship of the Bible. Publishers own copyrights on various translations, and Bible societies do the same. I was

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Posted in Dei Verbum, Lumen Gentium, Magisterium, Revelation, Scripture, Vatican II

Live According to Truth

Gaudium et Spes 19§1 says this about why man exists: For man would not exist were he not created by God’s love and constantly preserved by it; and he cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that

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Posted in Catechism, Fides et Ratio, Vatican II

May Catholics Speak Out?

Every so often Protestants suggest that the Church’s ecclesiology basically forbids Catholic laymen from professing or defending their faith, but this suggestion is mistaken. It’s worth acknowledging that this may be an entirely innocent misunderstanding. For example, in a recent

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Vatican II

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

Posted in Catechism, Council of Trent, Scripture, Vatican II

Notes on Trent and Florence

Inspired by the remarks of an anti-Catholic, who offers a snippet from the Council of Florence’s Cantate Domino, an opinion about Trent, and an erroneous conclusion that it is somehow impossible for a Catholic to call him a brother in

Posted in Cantate Domino, Council of Florence, Exultate Deo, Protestantism, Unitatis Redintegratio, Vatican II
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