Rapture or Rupture?

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A year after Rev Harold Camping’s followers messed up on doomsday and the rapture didn’t happen Patrick Archbold links to a sympathetic article on the followers who were¬†“left behind” when Jesus didn’t turn up in glory. They didn’t experience the rapture, but they did experience a rupture–in their belief system. Matt notices that this article [Read More...]

Snake Handlers and the Holy Father

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Who are the “snake handlers” and where do they come from? “Snake handlers” are a small group of Pentecostal Christians–started in Appalachia during the Holiness revival movements and still operating today. They get all worked up and get “the anointing” which means they enter a trance like state through hyper emotionalism then they pass around [Read More...]

Sorrowful Mother and Co-Redeemer?

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There are very few Catholic titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary more likely to get Evangelical Protestants upset than Mary Co-Redemptrix or Mary Mediatrix. Immediately the Bible Christian will quote I Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and Man–the man Christ Jesus.” For them it is a done deal. [Read More...]

Help! There’s a Mennonite in Me

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You have to understand that I have a Mennonite in me. I can’t help it. He lurks there in his black hat and chin beard watching me and nodding knowingly. He’s one of my ancestors. They were all Mennonites and Amish and various sorts of Pennsylvania Protestants. Go to Pennsylvania Dutch country today and see [Read More...]

Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters?

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I was brought up as an Evangelical fundamentalist Christian and when we read the verses in the Bible that spoke of Jesus’ “brothers and sisters” we concluded that they were the other children of Joseph and Mary. What I didn’t know is that this idea was unheard of in the early church, and that even [Read More...]

How St Mathias Shows the Way

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Today is the Feast of St Mathias–the Apostle who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. His selection is very instructive–showing us the way to make decisions as Catholics and being a defense of the Apostolic Succession and the living, dynamic authority of the Church. It all comes from the passage in the Acts of the [Read More...]


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