Veneration of an angel occurs in this passage: if it is Michael, as Augustine & Jerome thought. *** Joshua 5:13-15 (RSV) When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man stood before him with his drawn sword in his hand; and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” [14] And he said, “No; but as commander of the army of the LORD I have… Read more

NBA superstar LeBron James took it upon himself to blast President Trump, in a video. Conservative Fox News talk show host Laura Ingraham criticized him. Then, of course, she had to catch hell as a supposed “racist.” As a result, she invited LeBron onto her show to talk about it.  What follows is my commentary and discussion on my Facebook page with two people who disagree. *** If Tough-Talkin’ Big Man LeBron James is so sure of his opinions, why… Read more

The claim is that conservatives & “old” pro-lifers lack any appreciable concern for poor people. Words of Dr. Edwin Woodruff Tait will be in blue; Scott Eric Alt’s in green; Vicki Clark in purple; others identified. *** God cares for the poor, and so should we. I’d like to see documented, any Catholic with a “Catholic IQ” above that of a pencil eraser who denies this (as some folks are claiming these days). I keep hearing about these people (and often,… Read more

It’s not images per se that God expressly forbids in worship, but graven images (Jeroboam) *** Pastor Tim Gallant (Presbyterian), was responding to certain comments of mine in my post, “Reply to Pastor Steve Schlissel’s Reflections on ‘Romanism.'” His words (initially written in the thread, “What Thinkest Thou?” on the Reformed Catholicism blog) will be in blue: * * * * * If only the Hebrew prophets could have recognized that the really important thing about Jeroboam’s calves was that he intended Yahweh to… Read more

Some critics compare the Mass to the idolatrous worship of the Golden Calf by the wandering Israelites. ***The following is my dialogue with an anti-Catholic (i.e., one who regards Catholicism as non-Christian) evangelical Protestant (his words are in blue), in a public online list. ***The Israelites . . . made a golden calf, but they did not worship the statue “in and of itself” [quoting me] as god. Aaron announced to them “This is your god, O Israel, who brought… Read more

 God made an everlasting covenant with King David, even though he was an adulterer and murderer. As this was originally private correspondence, my correspondent’s exact words will be paraphrased, not cited. Her “words” will be in blue. * * * * * How can you believe in a succession of popes since so many have been terrible sinners? It’s not based on sinlessness (that’s called impeccability) but on office. We believe that God protects the Church from teaching error, by… Read more

This took place on a public thread on my friend Scott Eric Alt’s Facebook page (later continued on a second one). Scott’s words will be in blue; words of Mark Shea [aka “Chuck Militant”] will be in green, and words of Rebecca Bratten Weiss [aka “Danaerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons”] in purple. I was looking for a discussion on this topic and I got it. [nicknames were self-chosen: in case anyone was wondering] *** A question occurs to me, and… Read more

Holy Scripture offers massive indication of the existence of purgatory. *** This dialogue on my Facebook page was kicked off by this posting: Anglican Newman on St. Paul’s Prayer for the Dead (Onesiphorus) [W]hat does St Paul mean when he says of Onesiphorus ’The Lord grant him to find mercy of the Lord in that day?’ [1 Tim 4:19] did his prayer go for nothing? To say that he prayed that Onesiphorus might so conduct himself on earth as to… Read more

Former Christian pastor, now atheist John W. Loftus is a big name now in the atheist world, with lots of books, and his popular blog Debunking Christianity. The following is drawn from remarks made on his blog. His words will be in blue. His older words will be in purple, and my past words in green. * * * * * Here are my own shots at solving the problem. I don’t claim all that much for them, except that I think they exhibit some… Read more

How is it a bad thing to give testimony of why one became a Catholic? *** The following (in my opinion, rather astonishing) exchange took place in comments on Justin Nickelsen’s excellent blog, Ressourcement: Restoration in Catholic Theology, with a Catholic named John Lowell. His words will be in blue. ***** Sorry, Justin, but I just don’t share your enthusiasm for Scott Hahn, almost certainly because of the unfortunate publicity surrounding his conversion. One might have expected a greater humility… Read more

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