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March 11, 2013

I was interested in Catholicism long before I chose to become Catholic. But my interest wasn't always benign. For quite a while what I was interested in was anti-Catholicism. As a teenager, I found an advertisement in the back of a magazine for a course in Catholicism from the Knights of Columbus. When the course materials arrived, I was intrigued to see that they also offered pamphlets on the Catholic Faith. I sent away for...

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 ...