Apologetics (Religion)

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  • [Why I Am Catholic]: Because I Love the Bible [Catholic and Open]

    04/16/2012 4:21:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 119 replies
    Patheos.comYIMCatholic ^ | August 30, 2010 | Frank Weathers
    Because I Love the Bible Posted on August 30, 2010 by Frank Weathers   Here is a reason that answers the question posed by this blog daily that I’ve never written about yet. So here goes: I love the Bible. Well, duh, Frank you may be thinking, of course you do. Well, let me be more specific. I love the entire Bible and every single book therein, including all the books that Martin Luther tossed out during the Protestant Reformation.I have some mechanical ability, which I have written about in this space once or twice. And I know a...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to “domestic slavery.” But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APPELLANTS, 04-16-12

    04/16/2012 9:17:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APPELLANTS Various groups who appealed against certain decisions or doctrines of the Holy See. The best known were the appellants in Elizabethan England who protested the alleged use of political means to bring the country back to the Catholic faith; and the appellants in France, led by the Archbishop of Paris, who opposed Pope Clement XI's condemnation of Jansenism in 1713. (Etym. Latin appellare, to address, call upon, appeal to one.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Part I

    04/16/2012 4:33:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 83 replies
    Beggar King ^ | Oct 28, 1999 | Larry Nolte
    + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Catholics are accustomed to being the favorite target of bigots. The Catholic Church is attacked and ridiculed by both the left and the right, by both Secularists and Fundamentalists. Their points might be different but the methods are universally the same; disinformation and willful misrepresentation. What follows is an exchange of views. I am presenting the text of an anonymous tract which I've frequently found on-line. It is a pretty good example of an attack on the Church from the "fundamentalist" perspective. I present it here in its entirety, unedited. I've added...
  • Bible Burning and other Allegations

    04/16/2012 2:13:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    A Catholic Response, Inc. ^ | February 11, 1993 | A Catholic Response, Inc.
    Bible Burning and other Allegations There are some things in them (Epistles of St. Paul) hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.2 Peter 3:16 Ever since the Protestant Revolt in the 16th century, the Catholic Church has been accused of ignoring, opposing, hiding and even destroying the Bible in order to keep it from the people. Allegedly, copies of the Bible were chained to the walls of churches during the Middle Ages so that people could not take them home to read. Supposedly the Church during the Middle...
  • The Souls of Cylons [Mormon vs. Christian]

    04/15/2012 4:58:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    Belief.net ^ | Ellen Leventry interviews Ron Moor
    Glen Larson, creator and producer of the first show, is a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. He based much of the first series on Mormon cosmology. Was there a concerted effort to move away from that in this version? Not specifically, no. I looked at the original series as mythos and the way it dealt with religion as sort of a global sense. I was aware that Glen had used Mormon influences and how he had created the cosmology, but I'm not that familiar with Mormon belief or practice. To me there were things that were sort of...
  • Graven Images: Altering the Commandments?

    04/15/2012 7:12:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    CNA ^ | A Catholic Response, Inc.
    Graven Images: Altering the Commandments? And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent... Numbers 21:8-9Recently we received an 80-page booklet entitled "What's Behind The New World Order?" It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. According to this booklet, the Catholic Church is behind the New World Order. The booklet claims that this is true, since the Church is the beast of Revelation...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • † True Holy Mass Propers : Dominica in Albis, in Octava Paschæ ~ Low Sunday and Easter Octave †

    04/15/2012 1:55:17 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 15 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday † Anno Dómini 15 April 2012 † Statio ad Sancta Maríam Majorem ~ Station at Saint Mary Major † Commemorating† Holy Saint Peter Gonzalez ( Gonzales ) † Color : Albus/White Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Quasi modo géniti infántes allelúia: rationábiles, sine dolo lac concupíscite, allelúia, allelúia, allelúia. Exsultáte Deo adjutóri nostro: jubiláte Deo Jacob.... ( As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God...
  • Divine Mercy Sunday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2012 6:36:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Gayle Somers
    Divine Mercy Sunday Faith April 13th, 2012 Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31)The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday usually focuses on the sheer ecstasy of His victory over death.  All during Holy Week, we are absorbed with the details of His horrific Passion.  When we reach Easter, our hearts nearly burst with joy that Jesus is alive and vindicated as God’s Son.  In other words, it’s easy to dwell on the fact of the Resurrection and be so dazzled by it that we do not think much beyond that.  The mercy of Divine Mercy Sunday (yes, intended pun)...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Abortion

    04/13/2012 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Abortionby Sebastian R. FamaThere are a variety of reasons given to justify an abortion. They include such things as I can’t afford a baby, a baby would interfere with my career, I have enough children, and the doctor said if we have this child it will be handicapped. We are told that every child should be a wanted child.But does any of this really matter? The real question is not whether a child is wanted; the real question is whether or not what is growing inside the mother is a living child. If it is not a living child, a...
  • When did the Resurrection become truly the Faith, and the official teaching of the Church?

    04/13/2012 3:05:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the early hours of the resurrection appearances on the first Easter Sunday news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the evening of that first Easter Sunday there is a change, and a declaration by the apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!” What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first note the early reports of the resurrection and how they were...
  • The Priests Aboard (the) Titanic [Ecumenical]

    04/13/2012 12:32:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    WAU.org ^ | April 2012 | Louise Perrotta
    The Priests Aboard Titanic Four Stories of Faith, Courage, and Providence By: Louise Perrotta April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank five days into its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Only 700 people survived, out of 2,200 passengers and crew. Titanic, called the first disaster of the media global age, has been commemorated in countless books, dozens of movies and TV series, and even a Broadway musical. The fascination lives on, and this year’s anniversary is being marked by numerous productions, exhibits,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NONJURORS, 04-12-12

    04/12/2012 10:48:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NONJURORS Name given to Anglican clergymen who refused to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary and their successors under the Protestant succession Act of 1689. since they felt that their oaths bound them to the Stuart family, they considered William and Mary as mere regents. Suspended and deprived of office, they suffered greatly. Much later some rejoined the Anglican Church. The name has been given also the Catholic clergy of France who refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitutions in 1790. Their loyalty to the Church and the Holy See forced...
  • I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by

    04/11/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 10th, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by.By: Msgr. Charles Pope I know, I know, I am so hopelessly old fashioned. But I want to say, I miss women wearing hats. I have written before (HERE) of how I miss them wearing the veil in Church. But even before the veil, the hat was more commonly worn by women in 1940s and before (See photo  below left, of my parish taken in the early 1950s, click photo for a larger view). Veils became popular in the later 1950s and 1960s before...
  • Was C.S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon

    04/11/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    MormonInfo.org ^ | R. M. Sivulka
    Was C. S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon? If you would like for us to consider adding your comments here, please send an e-mail to Rob@MormonInfo.org. Many LDS writers have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis to the point of making him an "honorary member" of the LDS Church. A recent article stated, "Lewis wrote about the nature of God and how man's ultimate potential is to become like deity, something that seems to resonate with LDS audiences." To LDS, this means that we can become gods like our God is a God for us. In his book, The Mormon Faith: A...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALABAR RITES, 04-11-12

    04/11/2012 11:04:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALABAR RITES The customs and practices of the natives of South India, which the Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century permitted their converts but which the Holy See afterward prohibited. Robert de Nobili (1577-1656) initiated these rites in order to pave the way for the hoped-for conversion of the Brahmins. Among those who observed the Malabar Rites was St. John de Britto (1647-93). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Heated debate between Cardinal Pell and Professor Dawkins

    04/11/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Cath News ^ | April 9, 2012
    Screenshot from The Sydney Morning Herald---Frustration and something bordering on barely concealed mutual disdain boiled over more than once during the ABC's Q&A television show Monday evening, in the hour-long debate between Cardinal George Pell and Professor Richard Dawkins, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the Cardinal, because Darwin ''couldn't believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity'' - a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ''just not true''.Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ''It's on page 92...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Annulment

    04/10/2012 5:55:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Annulmentby Sebastian R. FamaQuite often you will hear an annulment described as a Catholic divorce. But an annulment and a divorce are two different things. Divorce dissolves a marriage while an annulment is a recognition that a sacramental marriage (valid in the eyes of the Church) never existed. The Church does recognize, however, that a civil marriage (valid in the eyes of the state) did exist. In order for a marriage to be valid in the eyes of the Church, both parties must be aware of what constitutes a sacramental marriage. They must also be free, willing and capable of...
  • Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage!

    04/10/2012 4:48:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 10th, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage! FaithApril 10th, 2012 Jenn Giroux The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers.Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (photo credit: abbey-roads.blogspot.com) “We...