Martin Luther and the “Epistle of Straw”

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, … [Read more...]

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Catholic Priests Lean Right; Episcopalians–Well, What Did You Expect?

Joe Carter, writing over at the Acton Institute Power Blog, has just pointed out a quirky little fact: Catholic priests vote Republican, while Protestants vote Democratic.In a way, I'm surprised:  That statistic seems to stand against the common perception of Catholics as defenders of social justice (hence liberal) and Protestants as Bible Belt conservatives.But on the other hand, most Catholics are vehemently opposed to the Democrats' golden calf of abortion-on-demand.The Acton I … [Read more...]

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Facebook Is Catholic, Twitter Is Protestant?

Really? Is Facebook Catholic?That's the analysis offered by British moral theologian Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, who thinks that Twitter, conversely, is decidedly Protestant. The two social media platforms each illustrate digitally a theological worldview which corresponds to Catholicism or Protestantism.Father Lucie-Smith's full article will be published tomorrow in the Catholic Herald. As a teaser, the Herald offers this: In the article, he likens Twitter to Protestantism, saying: … [Read more...]

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