Habemus Papam Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII)

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Habemus Papam Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I)

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Habemus Papam Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

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Habemus Papam Carol Wojtyla (John Paul II)

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Conclave: The making of a pope

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Daily Conclave Report

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Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, the online magazine to which I contribute every two weeks, is publishing a Daily Conclave Report from Rome over at The Catholic Thing. Bob will also be offering commentary on EWTN. … [Read more...]

A guide to safe sects?: Roger Olson’s list of “approved denominations.”

My colleague, Roger Olson, has published this post on his blog, "My List of `Approved Denominations.'"   One commentator says: "I’m disappointed that you have nothing to say about the Catholic and Orthodox Churches."  Roger replies: "Would any faithful Catholic or Orthodox theologian put any Protestant denominations on his or her list of approved denominations to recommend to people? Not in my experience."My answer: Roger's correct. We wouldn't, since we don't think it's up to the individual … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:“We are committed to an ecumenism of conviction, not an ecumenism of accommodation.” Those are the words of my friend, Timothy George, a Baptist theologian who serves as Dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He was referring to the signatories of “The Gift of Salvation,” one of the many statements issued by Evangelicals and Catholics Together, a group that was formed through the initiati … [Read more...]

Reformation Day Essays

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Tomorrow, October 31, is Reformation Day, the 495th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to that door in Wittenberg. Over the years, since returning to the Catholic Church, I have authored a few essays to commemorate Reformation Day.  Here are links to them:“Reformation Day - and What Led Me Back to Catholicism.” The Catholic Thing (28 October 2011) “Reformation Day and Schism.” The Catholic Thing (29 October 2010)  … [Read more...]

That Good Old Baylor Line That Led Me Back to Catholicism

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "That good old Baylor line! That good old Baylor line! We'll march forever down the years, As long as stars shall shine. We'll fling our green and gold afar To light the ways of time, And guide us as we onward go; That good old Baylor line!" (Eaid Eastland Markham ,“That Good Old Baylor Line,” 1931)Next week I begin my tenth year as a faculty member at Baylor University. When I arrived in July 200 … [Read more...]


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