December 4, 2015

Original title: Excessive Abuses in the Use of Lay Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in America [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] (11-20-08) It is completely understandable that many people are outraged by abuses in the Mass. When the rubrics are violated it is scandalous and the laity have every right to protest and try to reform the mistaken, erroneous, improper practices. Lots of things are routinely violated. For example, the use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is supposed… Read more

December 3, 2015

Part of our Dept. 56 “Dickens Village” (2013) * * * Compiled  in December 2005. Primary (But Not Exclusive) Sources:   The Hymns and Carols of Christmas (remarkable website from Douglas D. Anderson; all fact sheets and midi sound files are linked to from this site. Web page most used: The Hymns and Carols)   MusicExpert.com: Christmas: Complete Lyrics for 200 Songs  —– red-colored songs = secular or not overtly-Christian in theme —– —– current number of carols and songs: 135 —–   Master Alphabetical Listing Ah, Bleak… Read more

December 3, 2015

Book of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus, first chapter, German translation: anonymous artist 1654 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (12-1-08) * * * John Calvin rejected the deuterocanonical books (also known by Protestants as “the apocrypha”) as part of Holy Scripture. See, for example: Antidote to the Council of Trent (Session Four), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Chapter 8, Section 10, Book III, Chapter 5, Section 8, and Book IV, Chapter 9, Section 14. His written record, however, is not without its inconsistencies when it comes to particular… Read more

December 2, 2015

Madonna and Child, by Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * * * Original title: “Live Chat” Dialogue on Patristic Consensus (Particularly, Mariology) (vs. James White) (original exchange: 29 December 2000. “Footnotes” added shortly afterwards. Revised on 4 December 2002) The following live exchange (with an “audience”) occurred in the chat room of the website of Reformed Baptist anti-Catholic apologist James White, on 29 December 2000. White asked to dialogue with me. This was absolutely spontaneous and not… Read more

December 2, 2015

My book (2013, 395 pages; available for as low as $1.99). * * * * * James White is the most influential anti-Catholic polemicist today. He’s written a ton of books (though not all about Catholicism), does lots of oral debates, and has had a website for some 20 years now. Hang around anti-Catholics much and you’ll hear his name pretty soon, and often. He’s their big champion. The anti-Catholic is one who thinks that Catholicism is not a species… Read more

December 1, 2015

Ellen G. White (1827-1915) and James White (1821-1881): founders of Seventh-Day Adventism [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * I was in  a Facebook discussion with Seventh-Day Adventists about their view that worship is properly on the Sabbath (Saturday) and not Sunday. I provided a link to a collection of links on the topic that I compiled, then made my own comments (and it became a mini-argument). * * * * * Johan Von Wielligh wrote: Yes people of different church speak… Read more

December 1, 2015

Title Page of Book of Concord (Dresden: 1580) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * Rev. Jordan Cooper is a Lutheran pastor and theologian (I’m not sure which branch of Lutheranism he is part of). He has a blog here at Patheos (Just and Sinner) and has written what look like two extremely interesting books, on theosis (I’ve noted Luther’s views on theosis myself) and patristic soteriology and the new perspective on Paul. I will cite his entire blog post, The… Read more

December 1, 2015

Baptismal font from the 6th century (Tunisia); photo by Ad Meskens, 1 August 2012 [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * This is a reply to a portion (section V) of the article, Nowhere Does the Bible Teach that Water Baptism Saves, by Reformed (Calvinist) Steve C. Halbrook. It’s a 2009 article, but I was made aware of its existence by a hearty recommendation from the folks at the notorious Reformed Protestant anti-Catholic site, Boors All. The author… Read more

December 1, 2015

  [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 license] * * *  The Catholic Church teaches that good works done after regeneration (at baptism) and justification are (if certain conditions are met) meritorious and can contribute to salvation and attainment of eternal life, but only hand-in-hand with, soaked in, enabled by, grace, which alone saves us. Catholics believe in sola gratia. But it is a faith that is not separated from works (per James). Faith inherently includes these works. We’re not saved by faith… Read more

November 30, 2015

Jesus knew all about being misunderstood, betrayed, forsaken by friends, hated, despised, slandered, lied about, persecuted, tortured, and murdered. The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * I just wrote this to a friend here at Patheos, with whom I have significant differences. He was making the point that Christians do lots of bad things, too (who ever said they didn’t?); and perhaps Christianity is at least partially to blame… Read more

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