Ignatian evidence demands a verdict, part 1

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Ignatius of Antioch

More light from history on the Catholic faith

The Catholic Church claims an unbroken line back to the days of the New Testament;  bishops standing in apostolic succession to the apostles of Jesus Christ and carrying forward the faith once delivered.  The claim rests on good evidence.  One link consists of seven letters from Saint Ignatius of Antioch.  The link is so strong and the letters so Catholic-looking that they require a response from the thoughtful Protestant.  The Ignatian evidence demands a verdict.      Continue reading “Ignatian evidence demands a verdict, part 1”

Christ in you, the hope of glory

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“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. Continue reading “Christ in you, the hope of glory”

Straining gnats and swallowing camels

Beware of sudden and foreign novelties

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Saint John Paul II

As a Protestant, I objected that the Catholic Church taught doctrines contrary to, or absent from, Scripture.  I was wrong.  Continue reading “Straining gnats and swallowing camels”

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  “

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”

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?”

Until we have real feet

The Eucharist leads a Protestant home to Rome.

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C.S. Lewis’ Miracles and The Great Divorce helped me see The Eucharist. Continue reading “Until we have real feet”