Jesus and the Father

Good article that begins to explain the Father/Son/Trinity doctrine. Make sure to check out the original!

All Along the Watchtower

god_father_guercinoOne of the first disadvantages of ignoring Christian history and of reading the Bible through the inspiration of whatever spirit one thinks inspires one, is it leads to repeating old mistaken readings of who God is. Christianity is a monotheistic religion. We, as Christians, believe in one God. This belief we inherit from the Jews – our older brothers in the Faith. But the first Christians, who were, for the most part Jews, and who prayed in the Synagogues, were thrown out of them because, to their fellow Jews, it looked as though they were polytheists. They baptised people in the ‘Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’, and in confessing their founded, Jesus, as the Messiah, gave him equality with God. It was little wonder that many Jews thought such a statement blasphemous. Islam takes much the same position.

Our friend Bosco, who, as ever, does proxy for…

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus on December 8, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain … Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Baptism: The Laver of Regeneration

Just reblogging my original post on Baptism, hoping to get some thoughts on it. Thank you.

The Catholic Thinker

Baptism (derived from the Greek noun baptizein, meaning a dipping in or under water, or washing in general) is defined by the Baltimore Catechism No.2 as the following:

“Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven.”

(Balt. Catechism No. 2 Question No. 315)

A sacrament is defined as:

“A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.”

(Balt. Catechism No. 2 Question No. 304)

The CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) defines Baptism as:

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated…

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Educating excatholic4christ on Atheists

There is a Protestant blogger on wordpress named Tom,  ( https://excatholic4christ.wordpress.com/ ) who is a convert to "Christianity" from Catholicism. Before criticizing him, I will commend him for his efforts against Catholicism. He is extremely cunning and crafty in the way he misrepresents and distorts the Catholic Church's doctrine. For instance, Tom has a knack for … Continue reading Educating excatholic4christ on Atheists

Biography of Our Minister General: Fr. David Mary Engo

( Biography of Franciscan Friars Minor founder Father David Mary Engo. Original link: http://www.franciscanfriarsminor.com/minister-general ) Fr. David Mary of Our Lady of Sorrows, F.F.M. was born to Henry and Anne Engo on February 7th, 1967. He was baptized at Saint Benedict Joseph Parish in Richmond Hill N.Y. and was given the name Michael Anthony Engo. He … Continue reading Biography of Our Minister General: Fr. David Mary Engo

God’s band of Brothers

(This is an article that appeared in my local newspaper after the Franciscan Brothers Minor performed at benefit concert at a university in town. To learn more about these servants of God check out their website: http://www.franciscanfriarsminor.com/ ) Steve Warden  |  The Journal Gazette In the introductory moments of a recent benefit concert at the … Continue reading God’s band of Brothers

The Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

The next document I would like to comment on is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Promulgated by Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965, this document deals with what "all men have in common", despite the difference of religious affiliation among us. In Article 2, the Declaration briefly mentions … Continue reading The Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

The Legacy of the True (?) Historical Patrick: Catholic Thinker Commentary

This is my take on an article that claims to reveal the legacy of the true Saint Patrick of Ireland. When I noticed some errors on the life of my patron saint, I couldn't help resist responding. All dark quotations are from original article. (Original article: https://pilgrimsprogressrevisted.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/the-legacy-of-the-true-historical-patrick-by-richard-bennett/ ) "Catholicism now, and to some extent even … Continue reading The Legacy of the True (?) Historical Patrick: Catholic Thinker Commentary

How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517. If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right … Continue reading How Old Is Your Church?

The Canon of the Bible

All Christians realize that if God has revealed Himself by communicating His will to man, man must be able to know with assurance where that revelation lies. Hence the need for a list (i.e. canon) of books of the Bible. In other words, man needs to know without error (i.e. infallibly) what the books of … Continue reading The Canon of the Bible

Deuterocanonical References in the New Testament

( Original link: http://www.cin.org/users/james/files/deutero3.htm ) By James Akin I get a lot of requests for a list of the references the New Testament makes to the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament. Unfortunately, giving a list is not such a simple affair since it is not always obvious whether something is a genuine reference. Hebrews … Continue reading Deuterocanonical References in the New Testament

The Old Testament Canon

During the Reformation, primarily for doctrinal reasons, Protestants removed seven books from the Old Testament: 1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, Tobit, and Judith, and parts of two others, Daniel and Esther. They did so even though these books had been regarded as canonical since the beginning of Church history. As Protestant church historian … Continue reading The Old Testament Canon

The Council That Wasn’t

By Steve Ray Many myths are believed not because they are true but simply because people want to believe them. But wishful thinking is a poor substitute for truth. It is always preferable to dig deep and discover the facts and not believe things only because you want them to be true. For instance, it is popular … Continue reading The Council That Wasn’t

Did the Catholic Church Add to the Old Testament?

By Kenneth Howell OBJECTOR: The Roman Catholic Church added seven books to the Old Testament at the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. We Protestants accept thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, all written in Hebrew with a few parts in Aramaic, while you Catholics accept seven additional books, making forty-six. It seems that these … Continue reading Did the Catholic Church Add to the Old Testament?