May 27, 2015

As the author of a book about demons and exorcism, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when, over Memorial Day weekend, I received a number of emails asking me to comment on the “Charlie Charlie Challenge.” During the last week or so, this alleged means of contacting a “Mexican spirit” has spread through social media and surged in popularity among teens.

The “challenge” goes like this: Two intersecting lines are drawn on a piece of paper; the word yes is written in two opposite squares and no is written in the other two. Then a pencil is laid down on the horizontal line, and another is laid across it vertically. The player then says, “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” and watches to see if “...

May 25, 2015

The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation is a creationist organization for Catholics. It holds to the idea that our world was created in six literal days and that the Earth is very young—at most about 10,000 years old.

This stance poses difficulties, such as how to account for the fossil record. When did all those extinct animals live—particularly the interesting ones, such as dinosaurs? The Kolbe Center’s position is that dinosaurs and man lived contemporaneously, with dinosaurs dying out early in man’s history.

At the organization’s website is an unsigned article titled “Historical Evidence for Dinosaur and Human Co-existence.” The opening paragraph reads this...

May 20, 2015

There’s a particular question that our Protestant friends often use when they are evangelizing—the question, “Have you been saved?”

How should we respond to this?

The basic thing they are asking is whether you have a relationship with God and have received his saving grace.

If you’re a Catholic, you have, and so if you don’t have time to discuss the matter, you could simply say yes, and leave it at that.

But there’s more to the question, and that presents you with an opportunity to lead your evangelistic friend into a deeper understanding of the Bible’s teaching on salvation.

You see, asking the question, “Have you been saved?” envisions...

May 18, 2015

Saturday’s edition of the Toronto Star ran an opinion column by Michael Coren: “How a Change of Heart Led to a Backlash from the ‘Church of Nasty.’”

In it Coren explains why he made a change of religion and complains about the vociferousness and even nastiness of people who responsed to what he did.

Not surprisingly, his column sidesteps the real reason so many people have been upset with him.

As I wrote in this blog a week ago, Coren—a Canadian broadcaster, journalist, and author—revealed recently that he had abandoned the Catholic Church for the Anglican Church. He has been attending an Anglican parish for a year, all the while holding himself out as a loyal Catholic, writing for orthodox Catholic publications and defending the faith of Rome even after...

May 15, 2015

In John 5:43, Jesus declared:

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

With the advent of Protestantism and the confusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church, have, at best, an incomplete understanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, “I come in my father’s name,” he reveals the nature of the authority he possesses from God, the Father.

We use this phrase—at least, the “in the name of” part—similarly in modern parlance in law enforcement when a police officer may say: “Stop in the name of the law!” In this context the idea of “in the name of” meaning “by...

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May 14, 2015

A tragic story has been circulating around the Internet in the last few days about a Canadian man who allegedly murdered three of his relatives and then posted a confession about it on Facebook. According to nbcnews.com:

A father in Canada appears to have admitted on his Facebook page to killing his daughter, then wife, then sister before taking his own life. "Over the last 10 days I have done some of the worst things I could have ever imagined a person doing," read a post on Randy Janzen's Facebook page on Thursday afternoon. In the apparent confession, the British Columbia man says that his 19-year-old daughter Emily had been plagued since...

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