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  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 1:24:42 PM PDT · 77 of 202
    ADSUM to avenir

    She is the Mother of God.

    Mary is a very special person. He called her sinful. He has no knowledge of that. That is a purposeful put down and was not done in a Christian way.

    Mary is a very humble loving person that followed God’s will completely and Catholics recognize and honor her as the Mother of God.

  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 11:24:46 AM PDT · 59 of 202
    ADSUM to ealgeone; Salvation

    You have said that she is sinful and are very negative about Catholics honoring the Blessed Mother and praying to her son through her intercession.

    I said that “that you espouse a form of hatred toward the Mother of God - Mary?” It is in a way a form of hate, as it was not a form of loving your neighbor as yourself.

    You are certainly not going to change the Catholic position on Mary, so your negative rantings may only strengthen Catholics resolve and prayers to Mary.

    What authority do you have to prove that the Catholic teachings are false? I believe that you are the false prophet or just a provocateur.

    If you don’t hate Mary, then you may want to pray to her as she is trying to encourage all of us to follow Christ to Heaven.

  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 9:34:02 AM PDT · 39 of 202
    ADSUM to ealgeone; Salvation

    Perhaps you remember that the 1st Commandant was to love God with your whole heart et al.

    and the 2nd one was to love your neighbor as yourself.

    It is difficult to love someone who is so negative and their cup is either half empty or perhaps completely empty.

    How can you have a whole heart to love God if you are so negative that you espouse a form of hatred toward the Mother of God - Mary?

  • Is Catholicism about to break into three?

    10/07/2015 3:12:11 PM PDT · 26 of 74
    ADSUM to NYer

    Take this with a grain of salt from a leftist professor.

    Daniel Maguire of Marquette University, whose own college president admitted that the theologian’s views are “not totally consonant with Catholic teaching.”

    The noble traditions of Judaism – ..., 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
    The noble traditions of Judaism – stressing justice for the downtrodden – are being soiled by the endless cruelties that Israel and its current leaders heap on the Palestinians, including the latest slaughter of more than 1,700 Gazans, many of them children, a moral catastrophe addressed by theologian Daniel C. Maguire.

    In the spring of 2007, Daniel C. Maguire was condemned by U.S. bishops for his progressive writings, because, the New York Times reported, Maguire’s pamphlets on abortion and same-sex marriage “are written in a very popular and lively style, and from what the bishops knew, they were very widely distributed. Praised by Ms.magazine as one of “40 male heroes who took a chance for women,” Maguire is a noted theologian and ethicist whose controversial views and irreverent style have rankled conservatives for nearly thirty years. In this pithy guide to progressive Catholicism, Maguire shows how tragically far conservative Catholic politics have strayed from the best Catholic social teaching.
    Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Moral Theological Ethics at Marquette University and the president of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and USA Today, and he has written several books, including Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions. He lives in Wisconsin.

  • House Democrats Will Try To Dissolve Select Committee On Benghazi Tonight

    10/06/2015 4:20:05 PM PDT · 10 of 53
    ADSUM to Kaslin

    The evil rats who would rather cover it up and not solve problems and not seek the truth.

  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 10:18:08 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    ADSUM to Salvation

    Yes. I have had a great life. I have been blessed by so many graces.

    I could have done a lot of things better.

    I feel that I have trusted in the Lord and he has always been there and given me the strength to keep Him in my heart.

    I just wish everyone would accept the Peace of God and the world would be a much better place. I see the evil and wish God would stop it, but I understand that he has given us the freedom to love Him and our neighbor.

    That freedom is awesome and we need to learn to Trust God and accept it.

  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 6:26:08 PM PDT · 38 of 45
    ADSUM to Salvation

    I believe that God know best!

  • Kasich: I Respect SCOTUS Same-Sex Ruling; Time to Move On (candidate just wants to 'Get Along'

    09/30/2015 3:19:04 PM PDT · 14 of 45
    ADSUM to bestintxas

    Kasich, I have no respect for you or your acceptance of a bad ruling.

    Do you still accept the dred scott decision?

  • Look at what we learn from Planned Parenthood when they’re under oath

    09/30/2015 3:13:48 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    ADSUM to CivilWarBrewing

    This is exactly what the public unions did in Wisconsin.

    And Gov Walker stopped it.

    It happens at the Federal level too.

    The Democrat Corruption Party.

  • My father is entering hospice care (at-home)

    09/29/2015 4:46:35 PM PDT · 77 of 82

    I meant to mention I just visited a friend last weekend on home hospice care. It was a great visit.

    He has pancreatic cancer and while one doctor wanted to operate, the other spoke humanely that he should just enjoy the rest of his life with family.

    It is hard on the family. May God’s peace be with you.

    You should be able to take him Communion if he can’t attend Mass.

  • My father is entering hospice care (at-home)

    09/29/2015 4:39:53 PM PDT · 76 of 82
    ADSUM to ConservingFreedom

    God Bless him.

    Our Father who art in Heaven...

    Hail Mary full of Grace ....

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/29/2015 4:10:04 PM PDT · 131 of 137
    ADSUM to RinaseaofDs

    In spite of all the cr*p that goes on earth, it would be worthwhile if we all get to Heaven.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/29/2015 12:22:42 PM PDT · 127 of 137
    ADSUM to RinaseaofDs

    Understand Pope’s viewpoint is to bring people to Heaven, why wouldn’t he want immigrants to go to Christian countries.

    I understand the moral reasons. I also understand the economic reasons. The Pope wants us to work together, and the giver benefits the most.

    The Pope is still suggesting, and not forcing.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/28/2015 5:33:12 PM PDT · 99 of 137
    ADSUM to God luvs America

    Wow! I don’t see how that makes Pope Francis a coward?

    He is expressing his opinion like many of us have done.

    Five judges have redefined “marriage” based on their personal opinion and not the constitution or valid legal principles. In addition it goes against God’s law. I expect that if the USA becomes a moral country again, then this decision will be reversed, just like the dred scott decision.

    The clerk was elected and is following Kentucky law and her conscious. She just asked for her name to be taken off the marriage certificate.

    The Pope had a very busy schedule and I hope that you may be able to fully understand his teachable comments.

    Like families everywhere, we don’t always see eye to eye on many things, but we respect each other and love one another.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/28/2015 4:46:36 AM PDT · 96 of 137
    ADSUM to RFEngineer

    FYI From Chuck Norris:

    Before landing in the U.S. while flying the short flight from Cuba, the pontiff was asked to comment on media outlets that are asking if he is liberal. He emphatically denied it, saying, “Some people might say some things sounded slightly more left-ish, but that would be a mistake of interpretation.”

    My point here is not to argue whether the pope is liberal or conservative. It is to say, if one only listened to mainstream media, one would likely believe he was a liberal progressive. They would also overlook or ignore four key points the pontiff made in his speeches: for the defense of religious freedom, marriage and family, sanctity of human life, and against Islamic extremism. Let me discuss each in turn.

    1) For defense of religious freedom

    In the pope’s speech at the White House last Wednesday, he aimed directly at President Obama with 112 words (one-sixth) of his relatively short 615-word speech. He spoke indirectly against the ways Catholics and Christians have been persecuted and oppressed under Obama’s administration: “Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

    A day later in his speech before Congress, the pope essentially reiterated the same point: “In this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building and strengthening society. It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society.”

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    2) Against Islamic extremism

    Speaking of religion, the pope also stood up against ISIS and Islamic extremism though he did not use those titles: “Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms.”

    His last point being, we must maintain a “delicate balance” to preserve the religious liberty of Muslims while at the same time stamping out barbaric extremism in groups like ISIS and al-Qaida.

    He added last Friday at the 9/11 Memorial in New York: “This place of death became a place of life too, a place of saved lives, a hymn to the triumph of life over the prophets of destruction and death, to goodness over evil, to reconciliation and unity over hatred and division.”

    Just a week before coming to the U.S., the pontiff warned that ISIS could “infiltrate” Europe by hiding among the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing countries such as Syria and Libya.

    He may have encouraged Congress to better massage the issue of immigration and help the refugees, but he confessed, “It’s true, I also want to recognize that, nowadays, territorial security conditions are not the same as they were in other periods of mass migration.”

    He warned that even Rome is at risk with ISIS just a few hundred miles south on the desert coastline of Libya: “The truth is that just 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Sicily there is an incredibly cruel terrorist group. So there is a danger of infiltration, this is true.”

    3) For marriage and family

    Speaking of threats to our country, the pope passionately reiterated the importance of fighting for the two institutions at the very heart of our country and fabric of our communities: marriage and family.

    He said, “I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.”

    At the heart of the World Meeting of Families is also the Preparatory Catechesis, which has as its principle No. 4: “Two Become One. We are not made to be alone. Human beings need and complete each other. Friendship and community satisfy that longing with bonds of common interest and love. Marriage is a uniquely intimate form of friendship that calls a man and a woman to love each other in the manner of God’s covenant. Marriage is a Sacrament. Married love is fruitful and offered without reservation. This love is in the image of Jesus’s faithfulness to the Church.”

    4) For the sanctity of human life in the womb

    Regarding the sanctity of life, the Huffington Post went so far as reporting, “Pope Francis’ speech to Congress didn’t mention abortion … by name.”

    He might not have mentioned the term, but he sure did stand up for sanctity of human life in the womb.

    Regarding family in particular, the pope said, “I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young … trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together. …”

    The pope echoed: “Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ (Matthew 7:12). … This rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. …The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”

    As he gazed upon the marble relief portrait of Moses that stares down on Congress as the central figure among lawgivers, the pontiff summarized at the outset of his message: “Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: You are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.”

    It is not a coincidence that Moses appears many times on the buildings in Washington, D.C., including depictions where he is holding the Ten Commandments. He is doing so in a bronze statue in the main reading room of the Library of Congress and as the central figure looking down from atop the outside arches of the U.S. Supreme Court. Moses is even depicted in a frieze inside the very courtroom where the U.S. Supreme Court justices meet each day they are in session.

    Interestingly, the tablet Moses is holding in the U.S. Supreme Courtroom frieze only reveals Commandments 6-10. Is it a coincidence that the sixth commandment is at the top of the tablet mandating to all who see it: “Thou Shalt Not Murder“?

    I hope and pray that our lawmakers and, in particular, the Supreme Court justices who sat front and center listening to the pope’s inspiring address to Congress, are haunted by the papal words: “Defend human life at every stage.”

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/27/2015 7:07:57 PM PDT · 94 of 137
    ADSUM to RFEngineer

    I do think that you have missed the the significance of Pope Francis. The Pope has no power to enforce Marxism. I sense your getting the political spin from the media and not the full story. He is challenging both sides to solve problems.

    Even as head of the Catholic Church, he can not mandate or make anyone give or tax their wealth like a Marxist or Socialist government. He has stated that he is not a Marxist and does not support that political system.

    Pope Francis is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is to Love God and your neighbor as yourself. Just like the reading from James at today’s Mass and other parts of the Gospel. Jesus encourages us to help others through love.

    The Catholic Church has always helped others, just like Jesus did. Especially the poor and sick. The Pope is asking us to help solve the problems of the world and to do it through the love of God and our neighbors. From the heart voluntarily and not forced by government or from an insincere desire to do good.

    Catholics and other religious people are generally good and generous and have done great things to help others. This Pope sees the problems in Catholicism and many are falling away from a spiritual life. He sees the need to challenge people and their set ways of thinking and opposing things and not working to solve problems.

    I agree that there is evil in this world and many choose to take advantage of situations to their sinful advantage. We see it in politics, those in authority including church leaders and in business.

    While capitalism is generally a better system and beneficial to most people, it does have its excesses and many have abused others through capitalism.

    The Pope has lived a simple life like Jesus Christ and is encouraging us to follow Christ’s example and live life through our love of God and neighbor. We gain much by doing so including God’s graces and gain more than we give.

    Keep an open mind and try to understand that he is prodding both sides to do the right moral action.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/27/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · 87 of 137
    ADSUM to God luvs America

    your comment: “the guy is a coward and a hypocrite.”

    Are you sure?

    Perhaps you should really try to understand how the Pope is approaching problems.

    He makes a statement that leans one way and then comes back with the opposite viewpoint so that we really think.

    Did you hear his comment yesterday that Jesus was not a committed bachelor..... (he let that sink in which puzzled many Catholics)...... then responded that Jesus as the Bridegroom took the Church as His bride.

    We all need to listen and understand and not just hear one side. The Pope wants us dialogue and solve problems. We cannot compromise with principles that Jesus taught us, and the Pope has not done so.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/27/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · 85 of 137
    ADSUM to RFEngineer

    You do not understand Pope Francis or the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    He is a holy man and wants to help the poor and needy as he has done before becoming Pope so that they have an opportunity to gain eternal life with God.

    He asks for this voluntarily, neither he or the Catholic Church can require (mandate) Catholics to part with their riches.

    When people give from the heart to help others they receives many graces and benefits from God.

    Did you listen to the 2nd reading today?

    Reading 2 Jas 5:1-6
    Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
    Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
    your gold and silver have corroded,
    and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
    it will devour your flesh like a fire.
    You have stored up treasure for the last days.
    Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
    who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
    and the cries of the harvesters
    have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
    You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
    you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
    You have condemned;
    you have murdered the righteous one;
    he offers you no resistance.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/27/2015 6:35:20 AM PDT · 82 of 137
    ADSUM to 4rcane

    So how do like large organizations to be managed?

    An effective leader?

    A committee (like Congress)?

    A dictatorship?

    Or no leader with everyone floundering?

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/27/2015 6:31:39 AM PDT · 81 of 137
    ADSUM to RFEngineer

    Pope Francis is repeating what Jesus told us.

    We need to voluntarily share with others so that they have an opportunity to participate in God’s and our love. That is not Marxism, that is Christianity.

    What the Pope proposes is voluntary (Americans are already very generous) and that it comes from the heart. We get a lot more when we generously help others. Check it out in the Bible.

    The Pope is hopeful for a peaceful world if people will listen and work together with others without the violence and mean spirited positions. The Pope recognizes that there is evil in this world and tries to conquer it through love of neighbor as Jesus did.

    When the state tries to control wealth and mandates income redistribution that is Marxism and communism.

    Pay attention to the words and actions of the Pope and not the liberal interpretation of the liberal press.

  • Will Pope Francis' rhetoric slow conservatives' conversion to Catholicism?

    09/26/2015 6:10:36 PM PDT · 40 of 137
    ADSUM to WilliamIII

    The Catholic Church’s mission is to lead people to God and eternal life with Him.

    Catholic Church preaches the Truth of Jesus and welcomes both saints and sinners.

    Everyone has the opportunity to follow the path to God or not.

    We are judged on how we love God and our neighbors.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/24/2015 10:33:14 AM PDT · 31 of 33
    ADSUM to driftdiver

    Just another protester?

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:29:27 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    ADSUM to driftdiver

    The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ and built by Peter, the Apostles and their successors and many believers.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:26:14 PM PDT · 28 of 33
    ADSUM to dartuser

    Some will not accept the teachings of Jesus. It makes sense to have a leader in any organization. So you are saying that Christ did not want a leader to build His Church. I question the wisdom of that interpretation.

    Finally, if Peter is not the rock upon whom the Church is built, then why did Jesus bother to change Simon’s name in the first place? As Protestant scholar Craig Keener writes in his commentary on Matthew, “[Jesus] plays on Simon’s nickname, ‘Peter,’ which is roughly the English ‘Rocky’: Peter is ‘rocky,’ and on this rock Jesus would build his Church” (426).

    But didn’t Peter refer to himself as a “fellow elder” and not as “pope” in 1 Peter 5:1? Yes, but in this passage Peter is demonstrating the humility that he is encouraging other priests to practice. He wrote, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” (5:5), so exalting his status would have contradicted his message.

    Besides, St. Paul often referred to himself as a mere deacon (see 1 Corinthians 3:5, 2 Corinthians 11:23) and even said he was “the very least of all the saints” (Eph. 3:8), but that did not take away from his authority as an apostle. Likewise, Peter’s description of himself as an elder does not take away from his authority as being “first” among the apostles (Matt 10:2).

    Christ directed His leader and the Apostles to be a servant and Go Forth to Preach and Baptize all nations.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 12:51:19 PM PDT · 27 of 33
    ADSUM to Kent1957

    So you do accept the teachings of Jesus passed down through the Catholic Church in the Bible. That is great. I hope you fully understand those teachings.

    Prove to me that any teachings of Jesus were changed by the Catholic Church. I believe that the Catholic Church has been true to the teachings of Jesus, while others have not.

    I know some teachings have been changed by men and non Catholic churches who protested against the Catholic Church, such as abortion, same sex marriages, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, salvation, sacraments, sola fide, sola scriptura, etc.

    So you do you believe that each individual is his own church and needs no help in finding the Truth? How do you know the Truth and not just an error in your thinking? So with your approach do you accept that everyone can have different interpretations of the teachings of Jesus?

    So the protesters (men and women) have not helped you with your interpretation of the Truth? In your comment you seem to equate the Catholic Church and its members to the pharisees? WHY? We admit the Catholic Church is full of saints and sinners, and together we are trying to lead all to Heaven. Some Catholics do not follow all of the teachings of Jesus.

    You said think for yourself. I do my best. However, I feel we get the same rote answers from non Catholics and not a true discussion of logical facts.

    Thank you for your prayer, and I receive many graces from God through His sacraments, belonging to the Catholic Church and I am not in darkness. I will pray for you and your family so that you may lead a Christian life and be with Jesus in Heaven. I also do not hate non Catholics or Catholics, but hope and pray that all sinners live by the true teachings of Jesus. It would be a much better world.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 9:18:01 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    ADSUM to Arthur McGowan

    Peter was an uneducated man and was chosen by Jesus.

    The Catholic Church has many issues and problems.

    As Catholics we should try to solve problems, starting with ourselves. Does political bantering actually solve anything?

    We will see if Pope Francis can help solve problems, but his role and that of the Catholic Church is to bring more people to Jesus so that we can join Him in Heaven. God will be his judge.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 9:11:29 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    ADSUM to driftdiver

    The Greek roots of the term “Catholic” mean “according to (kata-) the whole (holos),” or more colloquially, “universal.” At the beginning of the second century, we find in the letters of Ignatius the first surviving use of the term “Catholic” in reference to the Church. At that time, or shortly thereafter, it was used to refer to a single, visible communion, separate from others.

    The term “Catholic” is in the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds, and many Protestants, claiming the term for themselves, give it a meaning that is unsupported historically, ignoring the term’s use at the time the creeds were written.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 9:00:00 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    ADSUM to ConservativeMind

    Yes. Christ also predicted that Peter would deny Christ three times.

    In spite of these issues, Peter followed the word of Jesus to Preach and Baptize all nations.

    Peter gave his life as martyr for God.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 8:48:24 AM PDT · 18 of 33
    ADSUM to Kent1957

    You want to deny the obvious.

    Jesus Christ founded the Church (Catholic Church)and Peter and the Apostles with the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit starting to build the Catholic Church, which was continued by their successors until today, and still continues today.

    Certainly as with any growing organization there are issues and problems, but the Catholic Church has stayed faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even Pope Francis in spite of all the comments about his actions will not change the teachings of Jesus.

    You can go with the teachings of Jesus passed down through the Catholic Church or have your own interpretation.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:53:45 AM PDT · 2 of 33

    Finally, in Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, which means rock, and said, “You are Peter [rock], and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    This passage is foreshadowed by Isaiah 22:22, which tells of how Israel’s wicked chief steward Shebna was replaced with the righteous Eli’akim. Isaiah 22:22 said Eli’akim would have “the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” Just as King Hezekiah gave Eli’akim authority to oversee the kingdom of Israel, Christ gave Peter authority to oversee his Church (i.e., the “keys to the kingdom”), which included the authority to “bind and loose”—in other words, to determine official doctrine and practice.

    In response to these verses, some Protestants claim Peter is not the rock upon whom the Church was built, because 1 Corinthians 10:4 says “the rock was Christ.” Others say the Greek text of Matthew 16:18 shows that while Simon was called petros, the rock the Church will be built on was called petras, thus showing that the Church is not built on Peter. But in 1 Corinthians, Paul is talking about Christ shepherding ancient Israel, not the Church, and in Matthew 16, petros and petras both refer to Peter.

    According to John 1:42, Jesus gave Simon the Aramaic name Kepha, which means simply “rock.” But unlike in Aramaic, in Greek the word rock is a feminine noun, so Matthew used the masculine version of rock, or petros, since calling Peter petras would have been on par with calling him Patricia! As Lutheran theologian Oscar Cullman puts it, “petra=Kepha=petros” (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 98). Even the Protestant Reformer John Calvin said, “There is no difference of meaning, I acknowledge, between the two Greek words petros and petra” (Commentary on Matthew Mark, and Luke, vol. 2).

    Finally, if Peter is not the rock upon whom the Church is built, then why did Jesus bother to change Simon’s name in the first place? As Protestant scholar Craig Keener writes in his commentary on Matthew, “[Jesus] plays on Simon’s nickname, ‘Peter,’ which is roughly the English ‘Rocky’: Peter is ‘rocky,’ and on this rock Jesus would build his Church” (426).

    But didn’t Peter refer to himself as a “fellow elder” and not as “pope” in 1 Peter 5:1? Yes, but in this passage Peter is demonstrating the humility that he is encouraging other priests to practice. He wrote, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” (5:5), so exalting his status would have contradicted his message.

    Besides, St. Paul often referred to himself as a mere deacon (see 1 Corinthians 3:5, 2 Corinthians 11:23) and even said he was “the very least of all the saints” (Eph. 3:8), but that did not take away from his authority as an apostle. Likewise, Peter’s description of himself as an elder does not take away from his authority as being “first” among the apostles (Matt 10:2).

    Myth #4: The Bible never says Peter was infallible. In fact, Scripture proves he was very fallible.

    The doctrine of papal infallibility teaches that the pope has a special grace from Christ that protects him from leading the Church into error. That grace won’t keep him from sinning (even gravely), nor will it give him the right answer to every issue facing the Church. Instead, it will protect the pope from officially leading the Church into heresy. As a private theologian, the pope might speculate, even incorrectly, about the Faith, but he will never issue a false teaching related to faith or morality that claims to be binding and infallible (or an erroneous ex cathedra teaching).

    But why believe the pope is infallible? Matthew 16:18 says the “powers of death” (in other translations “the gates of hell”) will never prevail against the Church, so it makes sense that the pastor of Christ’s Church will never steer it into hell by teaching heresy. Luke 22:31-32 records Jesus telling Peter, “Satan has demanded to sift you all like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” The original Greek in the passage shows that Satan demanded to sift “you all,” or all the apostles, but Jesus prayed only for Peter and his faith not to fail.

    Now, it’s true that Christ once called Peter “Satan” for trying to stop the crucifixion (Matt. 16:23), and he knew Peter would later deny him at his trial. But God doesn’t call the perfect—he perfects the called. Christ prayed that once Peter had “turned again” from his sins, he would lead and strengthen the apostles. After his Resurrection, Jesus even appeared to Peter first (1 Cor. 15:5).

    Most Protestants would have to admit that Peter was infallible when he wrote 1 and 2 Peter, or at least that those epistles have no errors. Catholics simply take this reasoning to the logical conclusion that Peter never led the Church into error, nor did any of his successors. Some argue that Peter was fallible because St. Paul opposed him in Antioch and said Peter was wrong or “stood condemned” (Gal. 2:11-14). But in this situation Peter, at most, made an error in behavior, not teaching.

    Peter feared antagonism from Christians who thought circumcision was necessary for salvation. So, while he was in their presence, Peter declined to eat with the uncircumcised. Paul criticized Peter for doing this, but Paul himself accommodated this same group when he had his disciple Timothy circumcised. Paul did this to make it easier to preach to the Jews (Acts 16:1-3), but Paul called circumcision a grave sin in Galatians 5:2. Therefore, if prudentially yielding to critics doesn’t invalidate St. Paul’s authority, then neither does it invalidate St. Peter’s.

    No one denies that some popes engaged in serous sins, but infallibility means only that the pope won’t teach error, not that he will be sinless. Indeed, some Church Fathers, such as St. Cyprian of Carthage, criticized the pope’s decisions; but even Cyprian believed the pope could not lead the Church astray. He writes in A.D. 256 of heretics who dare approach “the throne of Peter . . . to whom faithlessness could have no access” (Epistle 54.14), or, as other translations put it, “from whom no error can flow.”

    This post excerpted from Trent Horn’s article “Defending the Papacy.” The full article can be found in this month’s issue of Catholic Answers Magazine, available for digital download here.

  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:52:37 AM PDT · 1 of 33
    Catholic Caucus

    Editors Note: In light of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, we are continuing a series of posts that answer the most common arguments made against the office of the papacy and the men who have held that office. The first post in the series can be accessed here.

  • Please Pray for the Pope during his visit to US and Cuba.

    09/19/2015 11:58:36 AM PDT · 29 of 40
    ADSUM to firerosemom

    May the Holy Spirit give the Holy Father the words to combat the evil of the devil and the secular media.

    Let God’s Truth be spoken and recognized.

  • Near-death experience, Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect...

    09/19/2015 8:41:51 AM PDT · 17 of 131
    ADSUM to Salvation

    There is a new movie out “90 Minutes in Heaven” based on a book by Baptist minister Joe Piper.

    There was little said about Heaven except the wonderful feeling the bright non-earthly light and meeting family members and friends, but not meeting Jesus. There was nothing said about judgement or real entrance into Heaven or about salvation.

    It was mostly about the pain and suffering he experienced after the accident, and his longing to return to “Heaven” and rejection of (and finally accepting) the help he received on earth from family and parishioners.

    My daughter stated that the brother of a friend who had several near death experiences just saw darkness.


    09/18/2015 9:06:07 PM PDT · 30 of 51
    ADSUM to NYer

    Jesus was willing to meet with sinners and He knew who was sincere.

    This is a great opportunity for Pope Francis to deal directly with the devil and tell Satan to get lost.

    Preach the Gospel. It could be dramatic!

  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/18/2015 10:17:32 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    ADSUM to dsc

    “The Mass is an act of public worship.”

    I certainly disagree with your comments that this is not true.

    Perhaps you should refer to the Catholic Catechism.

    Jesus is present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.’”11 (776, 669, 1373)

    1089 “Christ, indeed, always associates the Church with himself in this great work in which God is perfectly glorified and men are sanctified. The Church is his beloved Bride who calls to her Lord and through him offers worship to the eternal Father.”12 (796)

    1097 In the liturgy of the New Covenant every liturgical action, especially the celebration of the Eucharist and the sacraments, is an encounter between Christ and the Church. The liturgical assembly derives its unity from the “communion of the Holy Spirit” who gathers the children of God into the one Body of Christ. This assembly transcends racial, cultural, social—indeed, all human affinities.

    1098 The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord and to become “a people well disposed.” The preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the assembly, especially of its ministers. The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks to awaken faith, conversion of heart, and adherence to the Father’s will. These dispositions are the precondition both for the reception of other graces conferred in the celebration itself and the fruits of new life which the celebration is intended to produce afterward. (1430)

    1345 As early as the second century we have the witness of St. Justin Martyr for the basic lines of the order of the Eucharistic celebration. They have stayed the same until our own day for all the great liturgical families. St. Justin wrote to the pagan emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161) around the year 155, explaining what Christians did:

    On the day we call the day of the sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place.

    The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits.

    When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things.

    Then we all rise together and offer prayers* for ourselves... and for all others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found righteous by our life and actions, and faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.

    When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss.

    Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren.

    He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks (in Greek: eucharistian) that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.

    When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying: ‘Amen.’

    When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the “eucharisted” bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.171

    You infer that “ that is the worst possible sort of Satanic horse-crap.” Well we certainly are a church of saints and sinners, we are the Body of Christ, and Christ has agreed to protect His Church.

  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/18/2015 6:02:28 AM PDT · 24 of 30
    ADSUM to dsc

    The Mass is an act of public worship. The sacramentary prescribes the prayers and actions of the liturgy and gives the order in which they are to occur. But the intent is not to create a personal masterpiece. The intent is to allow a community to enter into the common worship of the universal Church.

    In his book, God Is Near Us, Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI made this observation about the danger of turning the liturgy into an artifact, instead of a living expression of the worship of God by the faithful:

    There is a great danger today of our churches becoming museums and suffering the fate of museums: If they are not locked, they are looted. They are no longer alive. The measure of life in the Church, the measure of her inner openness, will be seen in that she will be able to keep her doors open, because she is a praying Church. I ask you therefore from the heart, let us make a new start at this. Let us again recollect that the Church is always alive, that within her evermore the Lord comes to meet us (p. 90).

  • More Wisconsin Emails -- How investigators Targeted Conservative Supreme Court Justices

    09/17/2015 6:02:29 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    ADSUM to afraidfortherepublic

    I know. He disappointed us.

    Just as Roberts has.

    Sometimes you wonder at what goes on behind the scenes.

  • More Wisconsin Emails -- How investigators Targeted Conservative Supreme Court Justices

    09/17/2015 3:06:02 PM PDT · 11 of 19
    ADSUM to afraidfortherepublic

    Crooks is retiring.

    An opportunity to get a conservative that can win a Supreme court seat.

  • More Wisconsin Emails -- How investigators Targeted Conservative Supreme Court Justices

    09/17/2015 3:04:36 PM PDT · 10 of 19
    ADSUM to afraidfortherepublic

    Kevin Kennedy, who runs the GAB, responded to our last editorial by saying his staff merely “feel passionately about ensuring that all parties comply with campaign finance laws” and partisan emails can be explained because “staff of the G.A.B. are human.

    Kennedy and his staff -Don’t trust them - he was working with the IRS Lois Lerner. The GAB needs to be abolished and fire Kennedy. They are “human” democrats.

    Gov Walker ended the public unions, but most government workers are liberal and part of the democrat infrastructure. We need to make them accountable and fire them when they go over the line.

  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/17/2015 2:48:07 PM PDT · 17 of 30
    ADSUM to dsc

    I disagree with your point of view.

    Fellowship and friendship is always welcome and can change a bad attitude into a positive one.

    Generally at Mass it is just a warm hello or Good Morning and a smile. If you don’t appreciate that, then you can be quiet and just enjoy your peace with God.

    Sometimes at Mass, either just before or after is the only time I get to speak with the priest.

    Yes Bible study and donut Sunday are very worthwhile, but many do not attend these functions.

    Mass is not simply about “me and God,” and we do not put ourselves into the presence of God. God draws us to himself, and he usually does so through the mystical body of Christ—in other words, through his Church. That means that there is a communal aspect to the Mass.

  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/17/2015 1:17:40 PM PDT · 9 of 30

    Sorry. I forgot the word “share” our religion with others.

  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/17/2015 1:15:01 PM PDT · 8 of 30
    ADSUM to Biggirl

    As a member of a parish with 6000 members, the pastor wouldn’t be able to handle everything without a lot of help.

    We need more hospitality and fellowship in the Church. Developing fellowship allows discussion and discussion allows us to our religion with others.

    Thanks for your service in welcoming us to Church.

  • War Room Movie

    09/16/2015 4:24:38 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    ADSUM to two23

    Check out the resources page.

  • Please pray for my son

    09/16/2015 11:53:58 AM PDT · 93 of 108
    ADSUM to NorthstarMom

    Trust in God.

    He works miracles.

    God Bless your family and your son.

  • War Room Movie

    09/16/2015 7:26:10 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    ADSUM to two23

    There may be a previous version on DVD. Google search showed something on amazon.

    This is the 2015 version that just came out as movie.


    From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOM, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.

    Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

    In theaters now and filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films, WAR ROOM is a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.

  • War Room Movie

    09/16/2015 6:23:41 AM PDT · 2 of 16
    ADSUM to NYer; Salvation

    For your information. A powerful movie about the power of prayer.

  • War Room Movie

    09/16/2015 6:22:03 AM PDT · 1 of 16
    For all of us caught up in the day to day hectic lifestyles, we should consider the message of this movie to help us live our lives.
  • Presbyterian Minister Says Unborn Baby Only Becomes a Person “When They are Loved”

    09/16/2015 6:13:32 AM PDT · 51 of 60
    ADSUM to rikkir

    Yes. Many people do not realize that they are following the devil in their prideful opinion of God’s Word.

    I just hope that we can pray to God and let Him handle the big picture.

    I recommend the movie just out: The War Room. It is about a Prayer Room. Powerful and if we trust in the Lord we receive many blessings.

  • Presbyterian Minister Says Unborn Baby Only Becomes a Person “When They are Loved”

    09/16/2015 6:03:42 AM PDT · 50 of 60
    ADSUM to silverleaf; null and void; All

    Your question: “When does God begin to love a human life?”

    When God creates the human being at conception.

    Actually as others have said: Jeremiah 1:5...

    The word of the LORD came to me:

    5Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

    before you were born I dedicated you,

    a prophet to the nations I appointed you.* c

  • Presbyterian Minister Says Unborn Baby Only Becomes a Person “When They are Loved”

    09/16/2015 5:52:41 AM PDT · 49 of 60
    ADSUM to silverleaf; All

    Your question: “When does God begin to love a human life?”

    When God creates the human being at conception.