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October 21, 2013

Pope Francis recently raised eyebrows by saying, in an interview, that “proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.”

This could sound strange since, historically, the word “proselyte” has simply meant a convert, and proselytism has simply meant making converts.

Yet the pope was not dismissing the idea of making converts. In fact, evangelization is high on his priority list.

How can we square these two things?

Francis on Proselytism

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October 8, 2013

When the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at Mass, the change is permanent. It remains so long as the appearances of bread and wine do.

This has implications for how we treat the consecrated elements after Mass is over. Hosts that remain are stored in a Tabernacle, but what about the Precious Blood?

It cannot normally be reserved (the only exception being when it will be taken to the sick, and then special precautions have to be taken to keep it...

September 17, 2013

In the Protestant community, one of the main principles is sola scriptura—the idea that we should do theology “by Scripture alone.”

There are a number of problems with this idea, and we can illustrate some of them by asking a simple question: “What’s the right way to get baptized?”

This is a revealing question, because there is no place in the New Testament that directly addresses it.

As a result, different groups in the Protestant community have proposed...

August 27, 2013

The Gospel of Matthew records that, shortly after Jesus was born, Herod the Great had all the baby boys in Bethlehem killed.

It was the Slaughter of the Innocents.

Some have been skeptical of this event and questioned whether it really happened.

For those who have studied history, though, it is very much in keeping with the character of King Herod.

Here's the story . . . 

Herod the Paranoid Tyrant...

August 13, 2013

Some year ago, I encountered a reference to the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) having addressed the canon of Scripture.

For a long time, I was unable to find any confirmation of this.

The surviving materials we have from Nicaea, which include the first part of the Nicene Creed, do not deal with which books belong in the Bible.

I ended up concluding that the idea the council addressed this subject was likely a myth, but recently I ran across an indication that it may...