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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

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

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

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

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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