Strange Gods

“You shall have no other Gods before me.” trumpets the Lord in the Old Testament. St Benedict puts it the other way, “Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” Elizabeth Scalia is a daughter of St Benedict–a Benedictine oblate, writer, wife and mother. Blogging at The Anchoress she’s also one of the Patheosi–bloggers here from a [Read More…]

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Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

from Guest blogger Paul Thigpen. Paul Thigpen PhD. is an editor at TAN books and the author of hundreds of article and dozens of books on the Catholic faith. His book of prophetic prophecy–The Burden– is a powerful pointer to the perilous times we live in with a passionate call to repentance. Learn more about The Burden here. [Read More…]

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Woman Priests Courageous Pioneers?

The Anchoresses fumes over the latest “ordination” of a Catholic woman here. I cannot disagree. One of the things most offensive to anyone with a Catholic sensibility is the women priests’ taste in vestments. These are not happy events. Ecclesiatical fashionista–Mantilla the Hon had a fair bit to say about it here. One of the [Read More…]

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Is Hell Highly Populated?

Having just finished Ralph Martin’s excellent study on universalism, Will Many Be Saved?  it leads me to wonder about this thing we call speculative theology. It seems to me that theologians may well speculate when sacred Scripture and church teaching is unclear about something, but in the matter of heaven, hell and salvation there is not really [Read More…]

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Will Many Be Saved?

…or how the sweet, but noxious atmosphere of universalism has undermined the Catholic Church’s mission to the world. Ralph Martin is the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He is also President of Renewal Ministries and a consulter to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. [Read More…]

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The Pope the Dog and the Bicycle Bell

Someone has joked, “In Central America it’s not really a valid Mass unless there is a dog present.” I was therefore amused to see that at one of the Pope’s liturgies in Brazil a stray dog wandered onto the stage. For five years I took some American high school kids to El Salvador on a mission [Read More…]

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