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November 2, 2016
All Saints by Fra Angelico (c. 1423)

At this very moment there is probably someone in the world praying the Hail Mary or asking someone like St. Anthony to pray for him or her. In fact, there are probably millions of people asking specific saints to pray for them at any given moment. How can the saints in heaven hear thousands of prayers made in different languages at the same time? Wouldn’t this make the saints all-knowing, which is a quality that God alone possesses?

Not impossible for God

It...

November 1, 2016
Luther posting his 95 theses by Ferdinand Willem Pauwels (1872)

I write this on the day known to most Americans as Halloween but to some American Protestants as Reformation Day. A year from today will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg. Between now and then we’ll see a ramp up of conferences, meetings, and seminars concerning the anniversary, beginning with the pope’s visit to Sweden.

Many people—mostly Protestants, of course, but also not a few Catholics—are talking...

October 28, 2016

Where exactly does the New Testament teach that the Bible is to function in the Christian’s life and in the life of the Church as the “sole infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Where does it say or imply that the teaching of Scripture is so clear that no authority on Earth would be needed to determine and preserve authentic Christian doctrine—you know, so that individual believers aren’t reading their Bibles and running off in all directions and starting independent churches and...

October 27, 2016
The Burning of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar’s Army by Juan de la Corte

"The Jews never accepted the Deuterocanon [Apocrypha]." You'll hear this in conversations with Protestants and read it on virtually every Protestant website that defends the Protestant Old Testament canon. But is it true?

One could appeal to New Testament evidence that Jesus, the apostles, and the inspired authors of the New Testament did indeed accept the Deuterocanon as Scripture. But what about extrabiblical evidence? Does any exist?

One of the earliest pieces of evidence...

October 26, 2016
The Last Supper by Valentin de Boulogne, 1625-1626

It is an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church that the Eucharist is a sacrifice—in particular, the one sacrifice of Christ. The Council of Trent declared:

If any one saith, that, by the sacrifice of the mass, a blasphemy is cast upon the most holy sacrifice of Christ consummated on the cross; or, that it is thereby derogated from; let him be anathema (The Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, canon 4).    

The Catechism of...