Early Church Fathers and the Primacy of Rome  

Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.  Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked.  Psalms 84:11*

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John Henry Cardinal Newman

In the last post, we considered the witness of the Church Fathers and the peculiarly-Catholic doctrine of purgatory. Continue reading “Early Church Fathers and the Primacy of Rome  “

St. Augustine believed in purgatory?

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Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

What is truth?  The infamous hand-washer never waited for the answer.  When I asked and waited, the answer became a matter of conscience.  Continue reading “St. Augustine believed in purgatory?”

The light of history humbles Catholics and unseats Protestants

Blessed John Henry Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

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Blessed John Henry Newman
I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.”  (Jn. 16:12-13)

History exposing Protestantism’s unproven and unprovable assumptions is not enough. Continue reading “The light of history humbles Catholics and unseats Protestants”

Heresy’s a hard word to swallow

JohnHenryCardinalNewmanJohn Henry Cardinal Newman helped me see that was me.  He helped me see through centuries-old, anti-Catholic error and prejudice.  And so Cardinal Newman helped me enter the Catholic Church. Continue reading “Heresy’s a hard word to swallow”

By grace, through faith.  Or does Rome preach another gospel?

“Great hope has dawned; the Catholic Faith teaches not what we thought, and vainly accused it of[.]” Confessions of St. Augustine at Book VI, [XI.], 18.

praying in chapelIt is not true.  I was wrong.  The Catholic Faith does not teach, as the Apostle Paul warned the Galatians, another gospel. Continue reading “By grace, through faith.  Or does Rome preach another gospel?”

According to your Word

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I found no Scriptural basis for me to be the sole and final interpreter of Sacred Scripture.  When I take on that role, I place myself outside the four corners of the Holy Bible. Continue reading “According to your Word”

Lord, have mercy on unjust judges. Like me.

 

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I was prepared to confess having been unfair with the evidence. But that seems a varnish. Continue reading “Lord, have mercy on unjust judges. Like me.”