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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Apologetics: The Next Generation [Ecumenical]

    05/06/2012 8:23:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | April 17, 2010 | Eddie O'Neil
    Apologetics: The Next Generation Young Adults Find New Ways to Defend the Faith by Eddie O'Neil in Faith on Saturday, April 17, 2010 6:00 AM Easter reminds us to go and share the good news of Christ’s glorious resurrection. Young adults who are on fire for the faith are doing just that using some traditional means of defending the Church — as well as tapping into the use of new media to get the message out.Down south at Texas A&M University, the opportunities are plentiful for the more than 12,000 Catholics students to get involved in their faith. According to...
  • Rome-SSPX: Important: Fr. Pfluger speaks on recent developments (An imminent agreement?)

    05/05/2012 1:00:07 PM PDT · by narses · 13 replies
    Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, FSSPX, is the First Assistant of the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). He was the main speaker at a conference promoted in Hattersheim, Hesse, Germany, this past Sunday, by the Actio Spes Unica association in which he talked about Rome, the Society, and the future. The following is a translation of the official summary of the conference (original, in German): Account of the most recent developments Nothing new – that is how one could describe the first half hour of the conference given by Fr. Niklaus Pfluger at this year’s Spes-Unica-Sunday: the...
  • Jesus talk to Samaritan woman has different meaning than modern scholars suggest

    05/05/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT · by se99tp · 24 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Dr Murray D. Gow
    Many writers focus here on what they consider to be the moral failings of the woman making her out to be an immoral loose woman but this reads into the text what is not there. In reality, the focus is on the failure of the men in her life. We are simply not told how she came to lose her husbands; was she divorced or was she widowed? In view of social practices in ancient Samaria, it is not unlikely that the woman was married more than once to men very much her senior in which case she could well...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Knowledge is Not Enough!

    05/04/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Knowledge is Not Enough!by Sebastian R. FamaOn September 20, 2000, Pope John Paul II speaking to 40,000 people gathered for his general audience said, "Through the Holy Spirit, Christians are brought into a personal relationship with God." Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, speaking to a group of religion teachers and catechists at the Vatican was more explicit. He said, "Catechesis is not so much a matter of transmitting knowledge as it is a question of leading people to a relationship with Jesus."Knowledge, as valuable as it is, is not enough. Christianity is much more than a collection of facts. The loving God...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KEYS, 05-04-12

    05/04/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   KEYS The emblem of Christ's conferral of spiritual power on St. Peter: "I will give unto you, the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16, 19). This distinctive power in the Church given to Peter is expressed by the two crossed keys, the first emblem to have been assigned to any saint, at the same time as the sword came to represent St. Paul. See Also: POWER OF THE KEYS All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Our Debt to the Catholic Church

    05/03/2012 6:19:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 2007 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Our Debt to the Catholic Churchby Sebastian R. Fama Attacks on the Catholic Church have never been in short supply. The Church’s critics have been maligning her and predicting her demise for centuries. While those same critics fade off into history one by one, the Church continues on in her mission, sometimes shaken but never defeated. Whenever scandals arise in the Church gleeful detractors try to portray the aberration as the norm. Starting with Judas, the Church has always had within its walls those who would betray Christ. However, to focus on such individuals while ignoring those who take their...
  • “Loose canon”: Vatican may tighten rules on annulments (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2012 3:54:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | May 2, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From John Allen: A Rome conference in late April hinted that the Vatican may be moving towards a more restrictive posture on annulments, the procedure in church law for declaring a marriage null and void, which some critics refer to as “Catholic divorce.”If so, the fallout could have special significance for the United States, home to just 6 percent of the world’s Catholic population but accounting for roughly two-thirds of the 60,000 annulments issued by church courts each year.The April 26-27 Rome conference focused on canon 1095 of the Code of Canon Law, which allows a marriage to be declared...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EUCHARISTICUM MYSTERIUM, 05-03-12

    05/03/2012 8:34:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 05-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EUCHARISTICUM MYSTERIUM Instruction of the Sacred Congregation of Rites on the worship of the Holy Eucharist. The document is in two parts, one dealing with principles and the other with practices. The main principle enunciated is that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ, and therefore to be honored as the heart of Catholic piety. The main practices urged on all the faithful are: 1. maintaining the spirit of oneness in the celebration of Mass; 2. restoring the centrality of Sunday, centered around the Eucharist; 3. fostering Holy Communion among the faithful; 4. reserving the Blessed Sacrament; 5....
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divination

    05/02/2012 8:06:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divinationby Sebastian R. Fama Ouija Boards, psychic hotlines, Tarot Cards and ESP are some of the more common forms of Divination. Many think of occult practices as being harmless entertainment while others see them as a source of comfort. Few seem to realize that such acts can produce serious consequences. But some will ask, "How can that be? What’s wrong with letting people know that a deceased relative or friend is happy and in a better place? Isn’t the ability to see the future a gift from God? And what about ESP? Surely that’s a gift from God."Actually none of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM, 05-02-12

    05/02/2012 12:25:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM One of many theories that hold that the mental and bodily operations in human beings merely occur simultaneously but are not really unified as acts of one human being. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • St. Athanasius: On the Incarnation, with an Introduction by C. S. Lewis

    05/02/2012 11:03:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | Probably written before 313 A.D | St. Athanasius
    St. Athanasius: On the IncarnationWith an Introduction by C. S. Lewis St. Athanasius_____________ Author: Athanasius of Alexandria(Probably written before 313 A.D.) St. Athanasius Contra Mundum (Against the World)"This is a good translation of a very great book...St. Athanasius stood contra mundum for the Trinitarian doctrine, "whole and undefiled," when it looked as if all the civilized world was slipping back from Christianity into the religion of Arius---one of those "sensible," synthetic religions which are so strongly recommended today and which then, as now, included among their devotees many highly cultivated clergymen. "I soon discovered I was reading a masterpiece..."  -C. S....
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Freemasons

    05/01/2012 6:34:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Freemasonsby Sebastian R. FamaThe Catholic Church and Freemasonry have been at odds for centuries. Eight popes have condemned it, as well as have the majority of Christian denominations. Christianity and Freemasonry hold contrary beliefs. Catholics are forbidden to join the Lodge in the strongest of terms. The Church's position is expressed in its "Declaration on Masonic Associations." It states in part: "Therefore the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged, since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church, and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic...
  • Islamic Terror Attacks: What is to Blame?

    05/01/2012 5:39:04 PM PDT · by forty_years · 16 replies ^ | May 1, 2012 | DR. LAINA FARHAT-HOLZMAN
    There are two ways to analyze the violent eruption of global terrorist attacks that have marked the past three decades: analyze the nature of the threat and the culture supporting it, or blame it all on the evils of Western colonialism and American militarism. The latter analysis is the choice of the "politically correct," who say that terrorism is as rampant in the West as it is in the Muslim world. A truth check, however, will tell us that for every Western terrorist (such as Timothy McVeigh), there are hundreds almost exclusively from the Muslim world. If colonialism is the...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Mormons

    04/30/2012 5:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Mormonsby Sebastian R. FamaMormonism was started by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who claimed to have had a vision from God when he was a young man. He claims he asked God which church was the true church. Supposedly God told him that they were all corrupt and that he was being chosen to restore the Christian church. A few years later he claims to have discovered some golden plates written in what he called reformed Egyptian. God enabled him to translate them and shortly thereafter, in 1830, he organized the Mormon Church. Once the plates were translated an angel took them...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ONAN, 04-30-12

    04/30/2012 9:36:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 04-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ONAN Son of Judah and Shua. When Onan's brother, Er, died, Judah ordered Onan to marry the widow, Tamar, and produce a son who would be Er's child, according to the levirate law (Deuteronomy 25:5-6). Onan married her but frustrated the law by withdrawal during intercourse. In punishment, Yahweh caused Onan's death (Genesis 38:8-10). In modern usage, onanism is variously used to mean contraception or masturbation. (Etym. Hebrew Onan.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Tertia Post Pascha ~ Third Sunday after Easter †

    04/29/2012 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 29 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Tertia Post Pascha ~ Third Sunday after Easter † Anno Dómini 29 April 2012 Commemorating† Holy Saint Caterina Benincasa ( Catherine of Siena ), Doctor of His Church † ( Observed Anno Dómini 30 April 2012 ) Color : Albus/White Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Jubiláte Deo, omnis terra, allelúja: psalmum dícite nómini ejus, allelúja, date glóriam laudi ejus, allelúja, allelúja, allelúja.... ( Shout with joy to God, all the earth, alleluia: sing ye a psalm to His Name, alleluia: give glory to His praise, alleluia,...
  • Papal Infallibility: A Symbolic, Yet Problematic, Term

    04/29/2012 3:06:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 307 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | March 30, 2012 | REV. JOHN T. FORD CSC
    Although papal infallibility is commonly found in popular conversation, how well the term is understood is another matter.“Christ giving Peter the keys of the kingdom” by Pietro PeruginoAs Danny Garland, Jr., pointed out in his recent article on “The Development of the Dogma of Papal Infallibility,” the term “papal infallibility” has a centuries-old history that stretches from Peter John Olivi, in the thirteenth century, through John Henry Newman, in the nineteenth century, and down to the present. 1In addition to being a well-known term with a lengthy history, “papal infallibility” is also highly symbolic: for Roman Catholics, it has often...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CELESTINES, 04-28-12

    04/28/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 04-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CELESTINES A branch of the Benedictines founded by Pope St. Celestine in 1250. It survived until 1785, when its last surviving house of Calavino near Trent was closed. First established on Monte Morrone, its spirit was one of great asceticism, favoring the solitary monastic life. At one time, it numbered one hundred fifty monasteries and exerted great influence even over the mother Benedictine community at Monte Cassino. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ELCA Synod Calls LCMC Schismatic

    04/28/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    ELCA Today ^ | 04/27/2012 | Dan Skogen
    The ELCA's Southeastern Iowa Synod issued a statement in their weekly newsletter concerning the Southeastern Iowa Synod Council's removal of St. Mark's Lutheran church (Marion, IA) from the roster of ELCA congregations. Within the statement it says, "The congregation is being served by a pastor of LCMC, a church body considered to promote separation (schismatic) from the ELCA (see HERE ) This is interesting to me because firstly they openly claim that the LCMC promotes separation from the ELCA. What are the facts that support this allegation? The fact of the matter is that this congregation, which the synod took...
  • Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!

    04/27/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 156 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parents: DonÂ’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!By: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a trend that has set up for years now, and that is that Catholics are waiting many months to get their children baptized. I suspect that what we have here is a combination of a much lower infant mortality rate and, also, a less fervent practice of the faith by many. Further, there seems little sense among the faithful today that an unbaptized infant would be excluded from heaven.As regards the last point, I think it is pastorally sound to trust in GodÂ’s mercy for infants who...
  • Mitt Romney and the Trinity

    04/27/2012 10:56:15 AM PDT · by tedw · 9 replies
    You tube ^ | 4/27/2012 | Ted Wegener
    My thoughts on Mitt Romney and the Trinity
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONFLICT OF RIGHTS AND DUTIES, 04-27-12

    04/27/2012 8:35:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 04-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONFLICT OF RIGHTS AND DUTIES The clash between one person's rights and another person's duties. Such conflict is only apparent, since all rights and duties are derived from law, and all just law is derived from the natural law based on the eternal law of God. And God cannot both command and forbid the same thing. The stringer right or duty prevails; the weaker simply ceases to be a right or duty at all. In practice, however, it can be extremely difficult to determine which is the stronger right or duty. Certain general norms are commonly...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Jehovah's Witnesses

    04/26/2012 9:19:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 04-26-12 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Jehovah's Witnessesby Sebastian R. FamaJehovah's Witnesses claim to be "God's Visible Organization." They also claim to be "His prophet." They say that Jesus inspected their organization in 1919 and found a "faithful and discreet slave class, dispensing fine spiritual food to true believers" (Yearbook 1975, page 88). So what type of spiritual food have they been dispensing? In "The Finished Mystery" published in 1917, they claimed that in 1918 God would destroy the churches and church members by the millions, and Christendom would go down into oblivion that year. They also predicted that there would be worldwide anarchy in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICALS, 04-26-12

    04/26/2012 8:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Catholic ^ | 04-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANONICALS Ecclesiastical garments worn by officiating clergy. They are vestments ordered by church law. (Etym. Latin canonicus, according to a precept; belonging to the summary or record.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • NY Times Writer Defends Church Teachings in Online Series

    04/25/2012 7:22:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/25/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA).- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.” “What I describe as 'Christian orthodoxy' is not identical to everything that calls itself conservative Christianity in the United States, and it’s certainly not identical to Christian fundamentalism,” wrote Douthat, a Catholic convert known for his conservative social and political outlook, in an April 16-19 online exchange with Slate magazine author William Saletan. In his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a...
  • Benedict XVI explains to German bishops what the “pro multis” really says

    04/25/2012 5:30:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 24, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Holy Father has explained to the bishops of German-speaking countries what the prayer really says.Just as the document Liturgiam authenticam required a revision the English liturgical texts, all the different languages need revision, including German. You may recall that the Holy Father, not the Congregations for Divine Worship or of the Doctrine of the Faith, is the only one who can approve translations of sacramental forms. Years ago Pope Benedict instructed the CDW to instructed the bishops conferences preparing new translations that the words pro multis in the form for the consecration of the Precious Blood, were to...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: The Word of Faith Movement

    04/24/2012 9:22:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Word of Faith Movementby Sebastian R. FamaThe Word of Faith Movement, sometimes referred to as the Positive Confession Movement or the Prosperity Gospel, has been making inroads into mainline Christianity. Although it primarily affects Bible churches, it has managed to influence some Catholics. Faith teachers include Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Robert Tilton, Paul and Jan Crouch, John Avanzini, Paul Billheimer, Charles Capps, Morris Cerullo, David Cho, Hobart Freeman, Norvel Hayes, Marilyn Hickey, T. L. Osborn, Frederick Price, and Jerry Savelle.Faith teachers are not all the same. Some wander farther from the truth than...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BRIDAL VEIL, 04-24-12

    04/24/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 04-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BRIDAL VEIL A temporary convering of the head and shoulders of the persons who are getting married. The bridal veil is the best known and dates from ancient times. In some countries it covers both the bride and groom as they proceed to their new home. Also, occasionally it was worn during the time of bethrothal. For centuries the custom prevailed of holding a veil over the married couple while they were solemnly blessed. Some rituals prescribe that the veil completely cover the bride and only the shoulders of the groom. Formerly the bridal veil could...
  • The World-Changing Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | April 23rd, 2012 | John Harden
    The World-Changing Year of Faith FaithApril 23rd, 2012 John Harden  This year is poised to be one of the most exciting years in modern history. A major event will take place that could change the direction of our country — indeed, of the entire world. I’m not talking about the upcoming election, or even the fabled Mayan Apocalypse. I’m talking about 2012 as the Year of Faith! …Queue cricket sounds…OK, I know at first glance the “Year of Faith” doesn’t seem all that exciting or noteworthy. And I know as Catholics we’re supposed to be excited about it, even though we might...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Salvation Outside the Church?

    04/23/2012 6:04:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 99 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Salvation Outside the Church?by Sebastian R. FamaOne of the Catholic Church's most controversial teachings is the doctrine of "No Salvation outside the Church." The controversy stems from a misunderstanding of what the Church really means by this. The doctrine has been stated a number of times throughout Church History. One such time was in 1302 when Pope Boniface VIII wrote the following in "Unum Sanctum:" "That there is one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church we are compelled by faith to believe and hold, and we firmly believe in her and sincerely confess her, outside of whom there is neither salvation...
  • Pope urges careful preparation for First Communion

    04/23/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | April 22, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI - Credit: Mazur Vatican City, Apr 22, 2012 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his April 22 Regina Coeli address, Pope Benedict XVI said adults should bring reverence and love to the task of preparing children to receive their first Holy Communion “Dear friends, the Church at Easter time usually administers First Communion to children,” he noted in the midday address. “I therefore urge the pastors, parents and catechists to prepare this feast of faith well, with great fervor, but also with sobriety.”Among the large crowd gathered in the sunshine of St. Peter's Square were thousands...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 04-23-12

    04/23/2012 10:05:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic ^ | 04-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):   BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER See: ANGLICAN COMMUNION All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

    04/23/2012 6:56:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michael Barber
    This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul's co-workers. Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker. "Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God which is at Corinth. . ." (1 Co 1:1–2).The question of Sosthenes' identity is an extremely interesting one. Is he the same figure who gets beaten in...
  • You Have Left Your First Love

    04/23/2012 5:33:25 AM PDT · by Music Producer · 18 replies
    Dean C. Haskins ^ | 04/22/2012 | Dean C. Haskins
    You Have Left Your First Love Dean C. Haskins But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Rev. 2:4 You have probably heard this verse numerous times in your life, and, like me, were given an explanation of its meaning that was something like this—that the passage is speaking of “losing one's original zeal and fervor for the things of the Lord.” Now, don't misunderstand me; I know that can happen in one's life. However, is that really what John was saying about the vision he had on the island of Patmos? Before delving into...
  • † True Mass Propers : Dominica Secunda post Pascha ~ Paschaltide: Second Sunday after Easter †

    04/22/2012 11:54:45 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 52 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 22 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Secunda post Pascha ~ Paschaltide : Second Sunday after Easter † Anno Dómini 22 April 2012 † Statio ad Sancta Maríam Majorem ~ Station at Saint Mary Major † Commemorating† Holy Saint Peter Gonzalez ( Gonzales ) † ( Observed Anno Dómini 23 April 2012 ) Color : Albus/White Vestments II Classis ~ Second Class Observance Misericórdia Dómini plena est terra, allelúja: Verbo Dómini cćli firmáti sunt. Allelúja, allelúja.... ( The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were...
  • The Acts of the Apostles [Catholic Caucus]

    04/22/2012 11:31:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | not given in bibliography | Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    The Acts of the Apostlesby Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Introduction | Outline | Major Themes | Questions | Bibliography Introduction: The Acts of the Apostles within the NT CanonLiterary and Historical Overview of ActsNAB Introduction and Full Text of Acts (from USCCB) Use of the Acts of the Apostles in the Lectionary for Mass An Outline of the Acts of the Apostles:   Luke’s Prologue: Recapitulating the End of His Gospel (1:1-14) Address to Theophilus, summarizing Luke’s first book (1:1-3)The risen Jesus’ final appearance to the disciples, and his ascension into heaven (1:4-11)Jesus’ disciples and family remain in Jerusalem to...
  • On Fifteen Years a Catholic ("How can you join a church that tells you how to think?")

    04/22/2012 11:23:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 241 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 20, 2012 | Carl Olson
    (Photo courtesy of Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.) “How can you join a church that tells you how to think?” The question, uttered with equal parts puzzlement and anger, surprised me. In hindsight, it should have been about as surprising as an afternoon drizzle here in Eugene, Oregon, in early spring. The question—almost an accusation, really—was made one early spring day over fifteen years ago. It was said in the middle of an intense discussion about the reasons why my wife and I, both graduates of Evangelical Bible colleges, had decided to become Catholic. I’m happy to note, all these years...
  • What is "Celestial Polygamy"? [Mainstream Mormons say polygamy still occurring near Kolobian colony]

    04/22/2012 12:50:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be engaged in an uphill battle in its effort to convince the public that they no longer practice polygamy. An LDS Newsroom release posted on September 7, 2007, stated: “For the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued its practice in 1890, and for 117 years Mormons have followed a monogamous lifestyle. Yet careless headline writing or sloppy reporting still causes millions of Mormons to have to answer questions from their neighbors, coworkers, friends and neighbors: ‘Are you a polygamist?’ ‘Is that your church I read about...
  • When God says “No”

    04/20/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, still another has a husband who is drinking. Some will say to me, “I’ve been praying, Father. Nothing seems to happen.” I am not always sure what to say and God doesn’t often explain why we must suffer, or why he delays, or why he...
  • The Anti-Mormon Moment: LDS critics capitalize on Romney's GOP nom [Shine light on dark UT corner]

    04/19/2012 9:03:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 18, 2012 | Eric S. Peterson
    When presidential contender Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP White House race April 10, it cleared the way for Mitt Romney’s all-but-inevitable nomination. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will for the first time see one of the faithful nominated for president by a major political party. But while the faithful rejoice, so do the church critics, whose cries of hosanna may be just as loud as LDS members’. For them, Romney’s nomination is an opportunity for the nation to finally pick up on their rebuke of the church’s beliefs and practices, as a wider...
  • Updated: The Mormons (Part III) [Counterfeit Christianity evidenced by anemic blood of Christ]

    04/19/2012 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Fetch Your (Fannin County, GA) ^ | April 16, 2012 | Ralph Barker
    In the first two parts of this series we discussed Mormonism’s positive points including its belief in a strong family unit, impressive missionary activities, and an exemplary moral code. We discussed its founder, Joseph Smith, and the history of the Mormon faith. Today we will look at what clearly sets Mormonism apart from other traditional Christian denominations; its theology. Here we cannot escape controversy. Facts are facts and history is history. There is far too much material to detail in this short presentation, but I will highlight just a few of the areas that most Christians would consider the most...
  • A Defense of Monergistic Regeneration

    04/19/2012 7:20:55 PM PDT · by armydoc · 24 replies ^ | Gannon Murphy
    Is the saving grace of God irresistible or resistible? Moreover, is the regenerating power of God installed in the believer's life before or after the decision is made to receive Christ as Savior?
  • Why do Catholics leave, and what can be done about it?

    04/19/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 410 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Father Robert Barron
    I saw an advance copy of a survey by William J. Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30th edition of “America” magazine.  It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, and its focus was very simple:  it endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the church.  No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why.  They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.The answers they...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: The Words of Consecration

    04/18/2012 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Words of Consecrationby Sebastian R. FamaThe Traditionalist movement’s greatest complaint against the Church has to do with the new mass (post Vatican II). Their biggest objection is to the change in the words of consecration. This, they claim, renders the new mass invalid. They specifically object to the words used in the consecration of the wine. In the Tridentine Mass (pre Vatican II) the wording is as follows: For this is the chalice of my blood of the New and Eternal Covenant: the mystery of faith: which shall be shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISM, 04-18-12

    04/18/2012 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 04-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHRISM A consecrated mixture of olive oil and balsam. Blessed by a bishop, it is used in the public administration of baptism, confirmation, and holy orders; in the blessing of tower bells, baptismal water, and in the consecration of churches, altars, chalices, and patens. (Etym. Middle English chrisom, short for chrism cloth.) See Also: HOLY CHRISM All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Traditionalists [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2012 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Traditionalistsby Sebastian R. FamaThere are a number of Traditionalist groups who reject the Second Vatican Council and the changes that followed. They consider those who have accepted the changes to be what they call "The Conciliar Church." They somehow imagine that members of this "Conciliar Church" are no longer Catholic and that they themselves are the loyal remnant. Traditionalists are well aware that ecumenical councils have always spoken with authority. They try to get around this by claiming that Vatican II was a pastoral and not a doctrinal council. A pastoral council, they contend, can teach error and thus does...
  • Following the Truth: Recognizing Jesus In The Eucharist [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2012 7:12:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | Apr 11th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Recognizing Jesus In The Eucharist Apr 11th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  And it happened that, while He was with them at table, He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him… (Luke 24:30-31)For the second consecutive day, the gospel reading from daily Mass presents a story of someone who was dejected…and shouldn’t have been! Just as we saw yesterday with Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb, the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus were sad about the Lord’s death and didn’t realize that He was right...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DIOCESAN CHANCERY, 04-17-12

    04/17/2012 11:00:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 04-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DIOCESAN CHANCERY The administrative branch of a diocese under the authority of the local ordinary; it handles the official documents pertaining to the ecclesiastical affairs of the diocese. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Are Mormons Christian?

    04/17/2012 9:55:18 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 65 replies
    Stand Up for the ^ | April 17, 2012 | Faith
    NO. I’d end this article here, because that is your answer, should anyone ever ask you. And with the presidential election on the horizon, it is more than likely that Mormonism and Christianity might come up in conversation. Already the high-profile Christian leaders are being asked about it. Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren sort of answered it by saying that Mormons don’t believe in a trinity as we do, calling it a “sticking point.” And Christian apologist Ed Stetzer completely muffed it recently by asking the question and then dancing completely around it without giving the answer we all so desperately...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Church and Peace

    04/17/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Church and Peace 1204. Your Church seems to be "anti" every effort to give peace on earth and good will towards men in practice. No one could write those words save one who has little or no knowledge of the attitude of the Catholic Church towards the problem of peace. 1205. Your Church is in a wonderful position to bring about peace, if it liked. The Catholic Church could be in a wonderful position to do so, if only the nations would accept her advice and submit to her rulings. Don't forget that, at the beginning of the last...