Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic

St. Joseph's Communications has just released the CD, "Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic." It is an interview of me conducted by Terry Barber and Joshua Betancourt. Joshua is the co-author with Norman L. Geisler of  Is Rome the True Church?, a book in which he and Geisler critique a variety of Catholic beliefs about ecclesiology and papal authority.  Several months after the release of the book, Joshua announced his intention to seek full communion with the Catholic Church.  You can obtain t … [Read more...]

Reformation Day 2010: A word from Peter Kreeft

Today, October 31, is Reformation Day, a day on which many Protestants commemorate Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral on October 31, 1517. Writes Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft, "The Protestant Reformation began when a Catholic monk rediscovered a Catholic doctrine in a Catholic book. The monk, of course, was Luther; the doctrine was justification by faith; and the book was the Bible."Continue reading.... … [Read more...]

Reformation Day and Schism

That's the title of my latest column on the Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Sunday, October 31, is Reformation Day. It marks 493 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Augustinian monk set in motion a sequence of events that reverberated through Western Christendom and continues to mark and separate us today.Since returning to the Catholic Church in late April 2007,  Reformation Day has taken on a different meaning than it did when … [Read more...]

Louis Bouyer on the Reformation

Three days before Reformation Day (October 31), I bring to your attention one of my favorite essays, penned by the president of Ignatius Press, Mark Brumley. Entitled, "Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation," Brumley writes: Interpreting the Reformation is complicated business. But like many complicated things, it can be simplified sufficiently well that even non-experts can get the gist of it. Here's what seems a fairly accurate but simplified summary … [Read more...]

My conservative journey on a liberal road; an excerpt from Return to Rome

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review just published an edited volume, Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (Harper, 2010). It consists of 22 chapters by young conservatives telling their stories about why they tilt right. I have not read the book, but the names of some of the contributors I know well, including the insightful Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy.There was a time when I was a young conservative. (I turn 50 in two weeks). In my book, Return to Rome: … [Read more...]

Evangelical Catholicity and “The New Evangelical Scandal”

I published this last year in Houston Baptist University's periodical The City. My essay is one of two responses to Matthew Lee Anderson's insightful piece, "The New Evangelical Scandal." The other response was penned by my friend, John Mark Reynolds, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Torrey Honors Program at Biola University. As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun writing it. Here it is republished in toto. … [Read more...]

Chris Castaldo on the Catholic Church and the New Evangelization

My friend, Chris Castaldo, an Evangelical Protestant pastor, has posted an entry on the Gospel Coalition blog ("Pope Unveils Agency for New Evangelization") in which he invites input from his readers. If you want to read the post and the comments, go hear. Although Pastor Castaldo's post is well-written, informed, and thoughtful, as many of us have come to expect from him over the years, I can not say the same for the public witness of some of the post's commentators. Thus, Catholics easily … [Read more...]

Is Catholicism Rational?: Reflections on the Catholic-Protestant Divide

Suppose someone, like me, a life-long Christian, after considering the arguments for and against Catholicism, decides that the case for Catholicism makes more sense to me than does the case for Protestantism, even though I believe that one can become and/or remain a Protestant without being unreasonable in doing so.I raise this query because there are some--on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide--who think that if you don't see the obvious truth of either position (depending on which … [Read more...]

My two appearances on EWTN’s “The Journey Home”

New readers to Return to Rome may not know I have appeared twice on the EWTN program, The Journey Home, hosted by Marcus Grodi. On both programs I discuss my return to the Catholic Church after 30 years as an Evangelical Protestant. Just click either one to watch the video:The Journey Home - 24 September 2007 The Journey Home - 14 September 2009 … [Read more...]

Sister Mary Ann and the Conversion of Baptists

I posted this at my old Return to Rome blog earlier this year. But it's worth a repost.Over at Chris-tocentric (clever name), Chris Castaldo shares this humorous story: Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a block away.She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had … [Read more...]


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