Both Truth and Unity

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Not either/or

Protestants stand in a long line; but not the one imagined. Continue reading “Both Truth and Unity”

If Jesus died to unify, what’s behind the division?

Our Lord came to gather, so who’s scattering?

The high priest Caiaphas solved the problem of Jesus: “You do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish” (John 11:50). Continue reading “If Jesus died to unify, what’s behind the division?”

There is a season, turn, turn, turn

 

JohnHenryCardinalNewmanLong before The Birds sang it, Qoheleth wrote it.  A time for every purpose under the heavens (Ecc. 3:1*).  If I reject what the Catholic Church gives with the right hand, by what authority do I accept anything from the left?  By God’s grace, that quandary led this Protestant home to Rome.
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The Saints’ only question: Where Mass is said?

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Hallmarks of development

Development of Christian doctrine over long periods of time is fact. Therefore, it must be understood as part of that heavenly gift which is Revelation itself; the unfolding and understanding of salvation history over millennia.  Concerning Revelation,  Continue reading “The Saints’ only question: Where Mass is said?”

The Ascension of the Lord

Authority and infallibility

 

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Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

A conundrum solved

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I denied the Eucharist, by what authority?

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Sacred Scripture is not a divine riddle; nor a Rubik’s Cube to figure out.  There is a place for exegesis and theology is good.  However, twenty centuries later, or even fifteen, the faith once delivered is well-established. Continue reading “I denied the Eucharist, by what authority?”

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?”