The Origin of the Bible

All Christians revere the Bible as the written word of God. Few, however, know why that is. In fact, most Christians just assume that to be the case without ever questioning it. They hear it from their pastors and their churches. Everybody says it. But how do we know the Bible really is the authentic... Continue Reading →

Faith Alone?

Some years back, my daughter asked me: "Daddy, what is a Protestant?" My answer was simply this. A Protestant is a Christian who "protests" various teachings of the Catholic Church, but retains core Catholic teaching, such as the Trinity, Incarnation, and Atonement through Christ's sacrifice on the cross for example. I stopped there as the... Continue Reading →

Purgatory

The subject of purgatory is a very difficult one for Protestants to grasp, namely because in their view, it just doesn't make any sense. From the typical Protestant perspective, a person is either saved, or not saved, at the moment of death. If saved, the person's soul should go immediately to heaven, right? If not... Continue Reading →

School Shootings Cannot Be Stopped

I know the title of this post is depressing, but it's a reflection of reality. School shootings cannot be stopped. They are just a regular part of life in America now. We might as well get used to it. Catholics parents need to get their kids out of public schools now! There is no reason... Continue Reading →

Outside the Church there is No Salvation

If you have not already read my essay on Jesus Christ Founded the Catholic Church, you should do so first for context. The Catholic Church has always taught¬†extra Ecclesiam nulla salus, which means: "Outside the Church, there is no salvation." Traditionally, many have taken this to mean that unless you are a signed and certified... Continue Reading →

Everything Old is New Again

The statistics don't lie. They can't lie. They're all telling the same story. Mainline Catholicism is imploding. It's more pronounced in some areas than others, but with just a few exceptions, dioceses all across the United States are shrinking. They are in a state of managed decline, with parish mergers and closures. The priest shortage... Continue Reading →

The Bible is Not Enough

The doctrine (or discipline) of Sola Scriptura is Latin for "Scripture Only" or what many people refer to as the "Bible Alone" doctrine. What it typically means today is a little different than what it was intended to mean 500 years ago when the German Protestant Revolutionary Martin Luther first uttered the phrase. Nevertheless, it... Continue Reading →

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