Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday, and my modest connection to the Reagan legacy

Today is the 100th birthday of our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan.Most people are unaware that in 1983 during his first term President Reagan published an article in the Human Life Review, "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation." It was eventually published as a small book a year later with afterwards by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge. To commemorate the  20th anniversary of the article and subsequent book, in 2004 Human Life Review published a special issue … [Read more...]

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In the Time of My Confession

That is the title of my most recent column over at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: When I was an Evangelical Protestant thinking about returning to the Catholic Church of my baptism, among Catholic practices I found difficult to accept was the sacrament of penance.I thought that the sacrament took away from Christ’s sufficiency to forgive all our sins, past, present, and future. For I believed that it diminished the scope of Christ’s atonement if I had to do something in order to acq … [Read more...]

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St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University to host screening of “The Catholicism Project” on January 27

Here's the press release: On January 27, 2011, St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University will be hosting a special screening of episode one of Fr. Robert Barron’s documentary, the Catholicism Project. This episode focuses on the beginnings of the Christian faith in first century Israel.In this episode, Fr. Barron takes on a journey as he visits the mysterious sites and sacred places of the land of Israel. From the lush region of ancient Caesarea Phillipi, to the shores of the Sea … [Read more...]

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Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist is a real stumbling block to some Protestants who are seriously considering Catholicism. It was for me too, until I explored the subject, historically and scripturally. What follows is a summary of my deliberations.Catholicism holds that bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ when they are consecrated by the priest celebrating the Mass. Oftentimes … [Read more...]

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January 20, 2011 – the 50th and 30th anniversaries of two great inaugural addresses

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - January 20, 1961Ronald Wilson Reagan - January 20, 1981 … [Read more...]

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If Colorado wants a body part, give it the finger

This is truly ghoulish: The bill changes the organ donation program so that a person is presumed to have consented to organ and tissue donation at the time the person applies for or renews a driver's license or identification card unless the person initials a statement that states that the person does not want to be considered as a possible organ and tissue donor. Lends a whole new meaning to "trafficking in human organs." The bill is being proposed in Colorado, and the above paragraph is from it … [Read more...]

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He not busy being born, is busy dying

My apologies to readers of Return to Rome. I have been immersed in two writing projects as well as the start of the semester. So, I've spent virtually no time blogging or checking this blog.As for the two projects, one is a very large chapter for the book, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, forthcoming in 2011), edited by Robert L. Plummer (professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). I am writing the chapter on Catholicism. The … [Read more...]

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R. C. Sproul on Abortion

Found this over at Justin Taylor's blog, Between Two Worlds. It's worth watching. … [Read more...]

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Doritos and Pepsi mock sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

From the company that would never dream of advertising for the Ramadan-a-ding-dong, we get this:I'm surprised that they didn't have a pontiff at the end with the name of Pope Sicola. … [Read more...]

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And the Word became flesh and lived among us

That is the title of my latest column at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: During the Season of Advent, one often hears in Church circles and even in the popular media the plea, or something similar to it, “Let’s keep the Christ in Christmas.” But before we can take that plea seriously (as we ought to), we have to first understand what it means to keep Christ in Christianity.In the first chapter of his Gospel, St. John eloquently provides an account of the divine paternity of Jesus of … [Read more...]

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