September 21, 2015

Bust statue from death mask by Hagen, photographed in 1898 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] [originally written in April 2015, with additional thoughts added on 9-21-15] * * * * * This has been a fun pastime of mine, as of late. Beethoven symphony lovers basically fall into three camps: 1) the classical interpretation, 2) the Romantic interpretation, and 3) the “period instruments” preference. I am firmly in camp #2, as a Wagnerite and Mahlerite, brass lover (I played trombone… Read more

September 21, 2015

Original title: “50 Ways In Which Luther Had Departed From Catholic Orthodoxy by 1520 (and Why He Was Excommunicated)” Portrait of Martin Luther (1528), by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (3-29-06)Martin Luther’s words will be in green. * * * * * Chris Jones (Lutheran) asked: “So why was Dr Luther excommunicated? In what way was he heterodox?” . . . I must confess that that subject is quite ambitious . . ., but nevertheless I will reply… Read more

September 21, 2015

  Lucas Cranach the Elder, Madonna under the fir tree (1509) [pubic domain / Wikimedia Commons] (10-2-10) Martin Luther’s words will be in blue. * * * * * Luther in a 1532 sermon (second sermon on Luke 2:41-52) stated (my italics): 32. This should shut the mouths of vain babblers who exalt the holy Virgin Mary and other saints as if they knew everything and could not err; for you can see here how they err and falter, not only… Read more

September 21, 2015

Archetypal Gothic Lady of Sorrows from a triptych by the Master of the Stauffenberg Altarpiece, Alsace c. 1455 [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license] (written in 1997) [This is one of my own very favorite papers] * * * A Catholic friend asked me: Hey, I’ve got an apologetics question that I’ve been trying to answer for months (from my wife). She has trouble identifying with Mary because of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. In my wife’s mind, the special graces given to Mary through the perfect relationship she had (has) with God, make it impossible for the rest… Read more

September 21, 2015

Cervantes’ Don Quixote tilting at windmills [Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 license] I’ve often said that the atheist or otherwise relentlessly skeptical person who wars against the Bible, approaches Holy Scripture like a butcher approaches a hog. They’ll never understand it by means of such a ludicrous and hostile method. There can be legitimate questions, on a certain level, and sincerely inquiring people, of course, but in the final analysis, skepticism as a sort of overriding “spirit” is nonsense from… Read more

September 19, 2015

. . . the Miraculous Birth of Jesus (“in Partu”) Without Pain Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1503 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (10-12-11; additions on 9-19-15) * * * * * Elsewhere I have documented how Luther (along with virtually all of the Protestant founders) firmly believed in the perpetual virginity of Mary (see separate papers regarding the same belief of Calvin [one / two / three], Bullinger, and Turretin), and that the in partu virginity of… Read more

September 18, 2015

Abandoned Bible (photograph by Patrick Feller, 4-20-09) [Flickr / CC BY 2.0 license] It was brought to my attention today by a friend, that the NIV may be injecting its usual strong evangelical Protestant bias into Bible passages having to do with “good” and “bad” tradition. The first chapter of my latest book, Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical, is entitled, “Tradition is Not Always a Bad Word in Scripture.” It shows how the Bible uses “tradition” in two ways:… Read more

September 18, 2015

[Lulu covert art by Chad Toney] [the following is a somewhat modified version of the Introduction to my book, Pope Francis Explained (2014) ] It seems that everyone wants to make the pope (like they often do with God Himself) into their own image. Those outside the Church do this in proportion to how “contra-Catholic” or secular they are: up to and including atheists; as well as dissenting modernists and theological liberals within the Church (the “cafeteria” / pick and choose… Read more

September 18, 2015

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles (c. 1618-1620); attributed to Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** [excerpt from chapter 6 of my book, The Catholic Verses (2004)] ***   Romans 2:5-13 [RSV]: “But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek… Read more

September 17, 2015

Martin Luther, 31 December 1525 (age 42), by Lucas Cranach the Elder [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] [all the words below are Martin Luther’s own; from my book,  The “Catholic” Luther : An Ecumenical Collection of His “Traditional” Utterances] * * * * *   [A] man is free to adore or invoke Christ in the sacrament, and he who does not adore Him commits no sin, neither does he commit sin who adores Him. . . . Where faith and… Read more

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