August 10, 2019

My advice to the anti-Catholic apologist is: Stop trying to be clever, you just end up silly. Steve “Purple” Hays of Failablogue is a case in point of this sad state of affairs. (He calls his site Triablogue, for optimistic reasons known to him alone.) His latest screed is entitled “Catholic apologetics is self-destructive”—which must explain why it’s been around since Justin Martyr. When you begin that way, you’re in for trouble. “There’s a significant difference,” Mr. Hays writes in… Read more

August 10, 2019

When John Calvin reaches the “crowning point” of his rant against the “popish Mass,” he becomes truly incoherent. (As though he were not already the source and summit of incoherence.) But here’s Calvin’s “crowning point”: “[T]he sacred Supper [i.e., the Eucharist], on which the Lord left the memorial of his passion formed and engraved, was taken away, hidden, and destroyed, when the Mass was erected.” Jeepers, it was? So if I am to take Calvin at his plain word here… Read more

August 5, 2019

Steve “Purple” Hays asks the question at Failablogue. (He calls it Triablogue, for optimistic reasons known to him alone.) I am happy to answer Mr. Hays’ question, which he puts like this: “Hypothetically, what would the magisterium have to do for devout Catholics (or Catholic apologists) to conclude that the Roman Catholic church never was the one true church founded by Jesus Christ? Can the magisterium ever do anything, in principle or practice, to discredit Roman Catholicism? … What’s the… Read more

July 29, 2019

  Cardinal Müller claims women’s ordination is impossible. He has Amazon Synod Derangement Syndrome, and has called it a “wrecking ball” bent on “restructuring the Universal Church.” We learn from this that the cardinal is very inept with metaphor, since wrecking balls don’t “restructure” anything. Maybe this is a minor problem. The bigger issue with Müller is that he says no pope, no synod, no council “could make possible the ordination of women as bishop, priest, or deacon.” “It would… Read more

July 24, 2019

Dean Dettloff at America Magazine seems to think there is one, but he doesn’t give us a Catholic case for Communism either. Much of his article is spent telling us that many Communists are very nice people, and they’re not all atheists, and a lot of their goals are things the Catholic Church is friendly to. I’m surprised any of that is in dispute. Dettloff does not tell us why Communism is a good way to achieve any of them;… Read more

July 20, 2019

  We have heard, from those who deny that Trump’s tweet against The Squad was racist—you know, the one where he said they should go back where they came from, even though three of them were born in this country—that Trump wasn’t bothered by their race. He has no racist bone. He only objects to their hatred of America. If you don’t like it here, you are free to go. Sebastian Gorka said it himself, and Frank Pavone played the… Read more

July 17, 2019

  But Alt! But Alt! When the Church says deportation is evil, it has in mind the deportations that took place in World War II. You know, like that pic. That’s the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Jews were citizens. The Church doesn’t have in mind deportation of criminals who are in a country illegally. The Church has never taught that all deportation is evil. Is that so? Is it? Now, you know, dear reader, I believe in going to Church texts… Read more

July 14, 2019

  Patience; I’ll get to that tweet presently. But first things first. At a general Audience in 1993, Pope St. John Paul II delivered a catechesis entitled “Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission.” (For those who don’t know, a catechesis of the pope during a general audience is part of the ordinary Magisterium of the Church. It belongs to the pope’s teaching authority.) The entire text is worth reading, but here are a few highlights. Jesus never wanted to… Read more

July 13, 2019

  It will not do,” John Calvin cries, “to say that the only ground on which we obtain forgiveness of sins is in the mass, because it has been already purchased by the death of Christ.” Protestants love false dichotomies: The Mass or the death of Christ; as though they are different. But no. The Mass is the death of Christ. It is not, as I pointed out in the last segment, a new death of Christ, but the same… Read more

July 13, 2019

  Alegion of Taylor Marshall’s defenders seem to have picked up this claim from the false prophet himself: Demons speak the truth during exorcism; for they are compelled to by the power of Christ. One perhaps should be grateful they are attributing this truth-telling to the power of Christ rather than the demons’ native honesty. Small favors. Howbeit, it’s really a claim that demons never lie at all. For look you: When exactly do demons speak to us except when… Read more

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