Albert Mohler, Catholicism, and Hell

(HT: Joe Carter at First Things)On his blog, Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addresses the issue of Hell in Christian theology. He writes: Liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism have modified their theological systems to remove this offense. No one is in danger of hearing a threatening “fire and brimstone” sermon in those churches. The burden of defending and debating hell now falls to the evangelicals–the last people who think it matters. I can't sp … [Read more...]

Apostolic Succession

That's the title of my latest piece on The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: In 2007, when I was prayerfully thinking about returning to the Catholic Church, there were four theological issues that were deal breakers forme: justification, penance, transubstantiation, and apostolic succession. I have already discussed penance, transubstantiation, and justification. Here, I offer a brief account of how I became convinced that the Catholic Church is also right about apostolic suc … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization

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Recommending The Catholicism Project

Several weeks ago a colleague and I hosted a screening of The Catholicism Project at The St. Peter's Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. You should consider hosting a screening as well at your local parish, school, or university.Produced by Fr. Robert Barron's Word of Fire ministry, this is a remarkable documentary. Learn more about it and how to host a screening, here. … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Vita Institute: Educating Prolife Leadership

Just read about this at Mirror of Justice (HT: Rick Garnett):Notre Dame Vita Institute In furtherance of Project Guadalupe's goal to form the next generation of pro-life leadership through scholarship and service, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life is pleased to announce its inaugural Notre Dame Vita Institute to be held  June 12-24, 2011, administered under the auspices of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.Held on the beautiful Notre Dame campus, the Vita Institute will edu … [Read more...]

Pronoun Envy?

I went to afternoon Mass today. I sat one row over from an elderly woman (who I later discovered was a "nun") who apparently decided that the Novus Ordo was not to her liking. So, instead of saying this, "May the Lord receive the sacrifice from your hands to the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church," she said this, "May the Lord receive the sacrifice from your hands to the praise and glory of God's name, for our good and the good of all God's Church." … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

An Egg-Head’s Epiphany: Norm Geisler’s Inaccurate Website Post

"So, while we are losing a few intellectual egg-heads out the top of evangelicalism to Rome,we are gaining tens of thousands of converts out the bottom from Catholicism. The trade-off highly favors evangelicalism."That is a quote from Norman L. Geisler, recently published on his website. Just this evening, a dear Protestant friend of mine (a shining light in the prolife movement) brought Norm's post to my attention. Entitled, "Why Roman Catholics are Leaving the Church in Mass," Norm alludes … [Read more...]


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