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...

May 12, 2015

Sometimes people make it sound like the Catholic understanding of how to get to heaven is really complex.

It’s not.

While you can go into any of Christ’s teachings in a lot of very rich detail, he made sure that this one can be understood even by a child.

I can summarize it in two sentences.

The two sentences are these: To come to God and be saved, you need to repent, have faith, and be baptized. If you commit mortal sin, you need to repent, have faith, and go to confession.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. And we can show each of these things from the Bible.

The need to repent is shown by the fact that, right at the beginning of his...

May 11, 2015

At Michael Coren’s website the banner at the top of the main page features a mug shot of him at the left and, for the remainder of the rectangular space, a blue background on which are superimposed nouns and adjectives that describe him.

The nouns are “talk show host,” “author,” “columnist,” and “public speaker.” All of those are accurate.

The adjectives are “compassionate,” “spiritual,” “interesting,” “controversial,” “gutsy,” “strong-minded,” “witty,” “ethical,” “opinionated,” “confident,” and “articulate.” I don’t know Coren and have never watched his television program or read his books, so I can’t say for sure, but I’ll accept that those adjectives describe him accurately.

There is one last...

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