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March 9, 2013
Seven Sacraments

A textbook used for confirmation preparation in a parish in California teaches students that the sacrament of confirmation “only came into existence in the third century” and that “there was no sacrament of penance in the early church”. I suppose such sacramental ignorance is not surprising given that a deacon who instructs catechists in the same diocese teaches that at one time there were only two sacraments and, at another time, twenty two.

The Church teaches very clearly that the...

March 8, 2013
Son of my one-time debate opponent

Under the Constitution, a president has full authority to issue pardons to those convicted of federal crimes. You might guess that particularly liberal presidents would issue particularly many pardons, but that doesn't seem to be the case. At least it's not the case with Barack Obama, who, of modern presidents, has been the most parsimonious is granting clemency.

Last week he pardoned 17 people, all for nonviolent offenses. He previously had granted 22 pardons. The next most stingy...

March 3, 2013

It is no secret that Martin Luther eliminated all works as having anything to do with our justification/salvation. In what most call his “greatest work,” The Bondage of the Will, Luther commented on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:

The assertion that justification is free to all that are justified leaves none to work, merit or prepare themselves… For if we are justified without works, all works are condemned, whether small or great; Paul exempts...

March 1, 2013

In this post I want to ask the question, is atheism a religion? 

What is Atheism?

Traditionally, atheism has been defined as, ”the position that affirms the non-existence of God. [Which] proposes positive disbelief rather than mere suspension of belief” [1].

Today’s atheists often claim the exact opposite. Atheism, they say, is not a positive proposition, but rather, a suspension of belief. Though atheists are, of course, free to adopt any ...

February 28, 2013

On Tuesday I wrote how some criminals take advantage of God's forgiveness and use it as a license to sin (something Paul says is a big no-no in Romans 6:1-4). I also partly blamed this on bad theology that teaches that once God has legally declared we are justified we stand no chance of going to hell. This view is also called "Once saved, always saved."

In the previous post I showed that this...