April 3, 2024

  In the previous article, the 8th c. forgery known as the Donation of Constantine was discussed.  More specifically, a claim made by a Protestant debater that the papacy was established (seemingly ex nihilo) on the basis of that document.  There the Donation was placed in its proper historical context, and a distinction was made between temporal and spiritual authority.  It was argued that the Donation is better seen through the lens of this distinction, on which the Popes from... Read more

February 12, 2024

  A little way back, I had set my mind to writing a series of three articles which all dealt with a few questionable claims levelled against the Catholic side in a recorded debate entitled Calvary Chapel vs Catholicism.  The first was tackled in the article Catharism, Calvary Chapel, and Catholicism and its companion article.  Having been preoccupied for some time, I decided to run down the remaining claims (incidental to the debate itself) in a pair of articles.  The... Read more

October 10, 2023

The following is meant to be a companion to the previous post “Catharism, Calvary Chapel, and Catholicism” (though long overdue! ☹).  On a broader level it can serve as a resource for a few primary sources on Catharism in the Middle Ages.  It includes a pair of orthodox writers as well as a citation from the Charter of Niquinta which is alleged to have come from the Cathar council at Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, ca.1167.   With respect to the ancient Catholic sources,... Read more

September 2, 2023

  So, I was listening to another debate.  This one was called Catholicism meets Calvary Chapel, and it involved a Catholic apologist/ evangelist duo squaring off against two opponents associated with Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa.  On the Catholic side, the participants were Tim Staples and Jesse Romero.  On the Calvary Chapel side, the names I was able to make out out were Bill Wynne and Rob Yardley.[1]  I only caught the first part of it on YouTube, but what I... Read more

August 1, 2023

    As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, a post about the Marian dogmas with a link to a debate caught my eye.  Although it has been some time since I have listened to a theological debate, for whatever reason I clicked on that link, put on my headphones, and started doing some things I needed to get done around the house that day.  I am glad I did.   The debate was on the... Read more

July 6, 2023

  When discussing the question of whether or not St. Peter ever came to the Eternal City, modern scholars tend to affirm that he did indeed arrive there, and that it was ultimately the location of his martyrdom.  This of course is in line with ancient Christian tradition, and it has been the constant belief of the Catholic Church that St. Peter was martyred there.  Thus, the Popes are on record from the mid second century on claiming a unique... Read more

June 9, 2023

  Introduction: In the previous post, the Protestant doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture was laid out, and it was said that the idea is inconsistent with the conception of the material sufficiency of Scripture.  As such, it lies outside the boundary of Catholic teaching.  It remains in the following post to examine 2 Timothy 3:16 in the context of sufficiency.   2 Timothy 3:16 and Formal Sufficiency: This passage has long been one that many Protestant theologians have leaned... Read more

May 8, 2023

    Introduction:   In the previous post, some advancement was made towards answering and juxtaposing the contrary concepts of the material and formal sufficiency of Scripture.  It was stated that while the former is a position that could be held by Catholics, the latter is a view closely associated with Sola Scriptura.   As such, it is more or less the Protestant view on the authority of Sacred Scripture.[1]  Also in the previous post and with the assistance of Catholic... Read more

April 3, 2023

  In a previous post, the question was raised as to whether or not Scripture is sufficient.  Although the concept of the sufficiency of Scripture is one that is arguably most associated with the Protestant notion of Sola Scriptura (rejected by the Catholic Church), it was said that Catholics could indeed agree that Scripture is sufficient.  This of course presupposes that a distinction be made between what has been called the material sufficiency of Scripture, – a view approximating that... Read more

March 2, 2023

  Introduction: Although there seems to be some variation within contemporary Protestant explanations of their doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), there is widespread agreement among them as to the assertion that “Sola Scriptura denies that there is any other infallible rule of faith for the church.” This claim runs directly contrary to the belief of the Catholic Church as expressed at Session IV of the Council of Trent (A.D. 1546).    A more recent Catholic explanation of the relationship... Read more

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