June 17, 2019

I’ve addressed this fascinating and complex topic many times: Biblical “Ass” (Donkey) & Holier Than Thou Anti-Catholics [2007; abridged & revised: 1-19-19] Cussing Women, Chivalry, Etc. [8-24-16] Salty Language = Being “Salt”? (+ extensive Facebook discussion) [8-26-16] Simcha Fisher, Swearing, St. Paul, & Evangelizing [2-1-17] Swearing & “Younger” Generations (Sliding Scales) [1-27-18] Swearing and Sharing the Faith Don’t Mix Very Well! [National Catholic Register, 7-16-18] Recently, a discussion on the topic developed on my Facebook page. Enjoy! ***** René Albert [early 30s, I think]: You got me where… Read more

June 17, 2019

I ran across the article, “Two Catholic Scientists Debate Intelligent Design” (Pat Flynn, Chronicles of Strength.com). The two scientists are: Dr. Stacy Trasancos:  a convert to Catholicism and a nationally-recognized author, speaker, and educator on the topic of theology and science. She has a PhD in chemistry and an MA in dogmatic theology. She is a teaching fellow for Bishop Robert Barron’s new Word on Fire Institute and regularly appears on Catholic Answers Live to answer questions about faith and… Read more

June 15, 2019

Here I was responding on the Coming Home Network forum (where I was the moderator from 2007-2010) to the usual horror stories about public schools and defended our own choice to homeschool our children, while calling at the same time for Christian citizens to do something about the horrifying decline of public education. * * * Even keeping one’s child away from public school dances is not complete protection. For at least fifteen years girls’ drill teams and cheerleading squads… Read more

June 14, 2019

“JS”, a Thomist, with whom I have recently been debating the nature of predestination, has claimed that Pope John Paul II was a “Thomist.” In a very broad sense, one could state this. But once one looks more closely, I think it is a misleading categorization. Here is our brief exchange, from previous comments on my blog (his words in blue), and a collection of several commentaries on the general question of Thomism and the proponents of it, in its various… Read more

June 14, 2019

This is a discussion with a radical Catholic reactionary who thinks that Vatican II compromised the Catholic faith. His words will be in blue.*****Your argument has two sides to it: one is a defense of the Second Vatican Council, another is an attack on those who dare to question it; let’s examine the defense.  I am not attacking the people, of course, but their positions. I always make that distinction, and it is absolutely crucial in the field of apologetics, as well… Read more

June 13, 2019

This is the five page-long chapter three of my book, Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries (2002, slightly revised in 2013; available at the link for as low as $2.99). ***** 68. Many radical Catholic reactionaries believe that the “bitter fruits” of Vatican II have all but “destroyed” the Church. This is “quasi-defectibility.” The reactionary rarely — in mixed company — wants to assert this outright (according to their incessant doublethink), but how close they habitually come! It becomes an Orwellian situation wherein… Read more

June 13, 2019

This is the eight page-long chapter one of my book, Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries (2002, slightly revised in 2013; available at the link for as low as $2.99). I have included a portion of the Introduction (which can be read in its entirety on the book page). I can never clarify this term (which I myself coined in 2013) enough. So here we go again . . . ***** Introduction (abbreviated portion) Catholic apologist and philosopher Peter Kreeft, in his… Read more

June 12, 2019

This is a vastly misunderstood area of Christianity and the Bible. Every time I use sarcasm or satire or parody (as I do, not infrequently), I hear complaints. People have this misguided notion in their heads that all sarcasm and satire and pointed humor is sinful and wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would go so far as to observe that if someone thinks Jesus didn’t use sarcasm and satirical-type humor, and quite often at that, that… Read more

June 12, 2019

+ Analysis and Defense of My Apologetic Methods One of my reader friends sent me this photo of him reading my (2007) book, The One-Minute Apologist (see book and purchase information: available as low as $2.99) ***** People often say (or I know that they think it, from various clues) that I shouldn’t be debating so many people: especially Protestants. A lot of people don’t like debate. They think it is belittling by nature, or that it implies that the… Read more

June 10, 2019

This is a collection of various Facebook comments of mine in response to an earlier paper, Mandatory Priestly Celibacy: New (?) Argument. That ought to be read for background, because I made a highly specific argument regarding Eastern Orthodox priests, that has some subtle aspects to it. ***** With the data I found (from America), we see that when there is a choice to be married or to be celibate, before being ordained as a priest, 90-93% of those who are… Read more

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