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September 23, 2016

Let me continue my thoughts about how to deal with Fundamentalists and Evangelicals regarding salvation. As I noted in my previous blog post, Romans 10:9 seems to say the mere acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior is sufficient to assure your salvation. If the verse is taken in isolation, this interpretation looks plausible; but it isn’t the only possible interpretation, and it doesn’t square...

September 20, 2016

“Are you saved?”

It’s a question Catholics get all the time from “Bible Christians.” The average Catholic replies with a resounding “I dunno.”

But Evangelicals and Fundamentalists answer the question, “Yes, I am, since I’ve accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.” They seem to know exactly what to say. Many of them add, “What’s more, since I’m born again, I can’t forfeit salvation. I have an absolute guarantee of getting to heaven.”

Is their position biblical? Is...

September 9, 2016

Every so often, when I appear on Catholic Answers Live, a caller asks whether a non-Catholic may receive Communion at a Catholic parish or a Catholic take the “Lord’s Supper” at a non-Catholic church. My answer always begins with canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law.

That canon has five sections. The first says that “Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithfully only and, likewise, the latter may licitly...

September 6, 2016
Elephant tree in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California

I wanted to get far from the madding crowd, so on a Friday I lit out for Anza Borrego Desert State Park, two hours from San Diego. From the east-west highway I turned south onto a narrow paved road, then west onto a rutted and rocky dirt road, which ended at a small parking area. No one else was around.

There was no trail to follow, so I went up a dry wash, hiking three miles over an alluvial fan and another three into a deep canyon, where I had to scramble over dry falls and through...

August 19, 2016

Newspaper, magazine, and online commentators have served up any number of reasons for the hatred underlying terrorist attacks. Many of them say the root of the problem is that terrorists resent American prosperity. I remember when a recent president said, “They hate us for our freedoms.” I doubt it. Terrorists don’t care, one way or the other, about our Bill of Rights.

I don’t recall demonstrations against the right of Americans to assemble peaceably, to petition for redress of...