543 results

Keywords

abortion abstaining from meat abstinence acts addiction adoration adultery Advent agrarianism alcohol alpha course andronicus angels angelus anger annulment annunciation anointing of the sick anthropology anti-Catholic anti-catholicism antichrist antipope antony flew apocrypha apollos apologetics apostasy apostle apostles apostolic succession argument Art artificial insemination assisted suicide Assumption of Mary, Resurrection, Labor Pains of Mary, Christ the first fruits atheism atheism, God, delusion, belief athletes authority avignon baby baptism baptism and Scripture Baptism of Desire baptismal regeneration barnabas Bart Ehrman beatific vision beauty beer belief belloc Benedict XVI Bible Big Bang bipartite birth control bishop bishop husband Bishop, courage, witness, persecution bishop, synod body and blood of Christ boniface born again boy scouts Bride of Christ brothers of the Lord caldecott calendar call no man father calling priests father Calvin candidate Canon canon law catechesis catechism catechumen catherine catholic catholic baptism catholic church Catholic Church gay rights Catholic communion catholic contradiction Catholic contradictions catholic ensoulment catholic idolatry Catholic myths Catholic organizations catholic schools Catholic Vote CB372 CCM celibacy Chair of Peter change the commandments charity charity, faith chastity chesterton children christ christian music Christmas christology church church and state church environment Church Fathers circumcision of Christ clerical abuse communion communion of sains communion of saints conclave confession confession, Catholic, Penance in the Bible, Confession in Scripture, John 20:21-23 confirmation conscience conservative Constantine, Council of Nicaea I, Christ, Arianism contraception Contraception, abortion, pill, pro-life conversion conversions convert cosmological argument creation creationism cremation Cross crucifix crucifixion crusades culture culture war catholic cuomo Dante dawkins death debate demographics Demons deuterocanonical deuterocanonicals devotions dialogue Did Calvin teach the perpetual virginity of Mary, Was Luther buried beneath image of Mary, Calvin on Mary, Luther on Mary didache Dignitatis Humanae dilemma diocesan marketing campaign discernment discipline dissent distributism Divination Divine Comedy Divine Mercy divinity of christ division divorce doctrine doctrines of demons dogma Dogs in heaven donum vitae Dorothy Day early Church Early Church Fathers Easter ecumenism education election Encyclical end of the world ensoulment epaphroditus eschatology eternal Hell Eucharist eucharist, catholic cannibals, John 6:53, flesh of Christ, cookie worship eucharist, real presence, Tertullian on real presence, Augustine on real presence, literal John 6 eucharistic prayer euthanasia Evangelical evangelism Evangelium Vitae evangelization evil evolution examination of conscience exegesis explaining the trinity extra ecclesiam nulla salus extraordinary form extraordinary minister faith faith healing fall fallacy false apostles family family covenant farming fasting fatherhood fertility Flat Earth, Christopher Columbus forbidding marriage forgive forgive and forget forgiveness forgiveness of sins Four Blood Moons four marks Fr. Robert Baron Fr. Robert Barron, Hell, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Souls in Hell now, Catholic hell, Matt. 25:46 France francis Frank Zindler free will freedom freedom of worship Fulton Sheen fundamentalist funerals gay marriage gay rights Gen. 6:5 gender general absolution Geocentrism, science germany God god prayer God remembers sins godparent Gospel Gospel of Barnabas Gospels gossip Gov. Pence grace great apostasy Great Library of Alexandria Hail Mary Halloween, Neo-Pagan, Samhain, All Hallow's Eve Hans Urs von Balthasar happiness headcoverings heaven hell Herod hhs mandate hipster historical Jesus history holiness holy day holy days holy days of obligation Holy Mother Church holy orders Holy Spirit homily homosexual marriage homosexuality human dignity human life Humanae Vitae humility I Cor. 3:11-15 I Tim. 3:2 I Timothy 4 idolatry II Sam. 6:9 Immaculate Conception, sinlessness of Mary, Mary without sin, Mariolatry, Protestants on Mary, Behold Your Mother immersion Immortal Soul immortality impotence in-vitro incarnation Indoctrination indulgences infallibility of the Pope infancy narratives contradict, Bible contradictions, Christmas story contradictions, inspiration of Scripture, inerrancy of Scripture infant baptism inquisition intercession intercessory prayer interregnum intrinsic evil invalid marriage Islam Islam, One God, CCC 841, Muslims worship same God IVF james james the apostle james the just james white Jehovah's Witness' heaven jehovah's witnesses Jehovahs Witness jerome jerusalem Jesus Jesus, Jesus, Scripture, Bible jihad John 3:3-5 John 6 John 8:58 John Calvin John Hagee John Paul II John the Baptist Elijah joseph Josephus Judaism judge not judging judgment judith Julius Caesar junia junias just war justification by faith alone, works salvation, salvation as process, soteriology, justificaiton, salvation kerygma koran laity Latin Mass law lector legalism Lent liberal libertarianism liberty life limbo of the fathers list of commandments listening conversation liturgical abuse liturgical calendar liturgical gestures liturgical reform liturgical year liturgy logic love love enemies luke Luke 1:43 Lumen Fidei Magi magisterium man Manning mantilla mariology Markan Priority marriage marriage, homosexuality, same-sex marriage married priests martyr Martyrs Holiness Saints Persecution Mary Mass masturbation Matt. 16:18-19 Matt. 23:9 Matt. 7:1 media mediation medical ethics miracles, proof of faith, Lourdes, Gemma di Giorgio, Padre Pio, Healing mission missionary Mithras modesty moment of conception morality Mormons mortal sin mortal sin, venial sin, Purgatory, All sin is the same, sin is sin Moses Mother of God Mother of God, Dr. Walter Martin, eternal sonship of Christ, Trinity, Jesus is God Mother of the Church multiculturalism music muslims mystic Mystical Body of Christ Mysticism Mythicism Mythicism, Historical Jesus, Jesus names Nativity Story natural family planning natural immortality of the soul natural law nature necromancy New Age New Atheists New Testament New Testament priesthood, confession, ministerial priesthood, infallibility, John 20:21-23 Nicene Creed no more pain no salvation outside of Catholic Church non-Catholic obama occult Old Testament one church one holy catholic apostolic one mediator ordinary form Ouija Pacifism pacifist paganism pagans pains of Hell papacy Papacy, Catholic church and papacy, Matt. 16:18-19, Jesus Christ the Rock, Peter the Rock, papal authority papal succession parenting parish pascal's wager Passion Passover patron saints patrong paul Paul VI penance perfect indefinite tense perpetual virginity persecution person at conception peter Peter the Rock Petrus Romanus philosophical proof immortality of the soul Pius XII politics pope pope benedict pope benedict xvi Pope Francis Pope Francis, poverty, cardinal, conclave Pope in Scripture popes pornography pouring prayer prayer to saints praying to the dead preaching precious blood priest private revelation pro-life proclamation procreation proof-text prophecy prophecy of St. Malachy prophet proselyte proselytism proselytization Protestant Protestant Reformation Protestantism Protestants prudence psychology purgatory purification q qu'ran quadrinity quran Radio Replies RCIA Real Presence rebirth reconciliation reincarnation reincarnation in the Bible relativism relics religion religious freedom Religious liberty religious orders repent repentance Resurrection revelation revelation 12 rich mullins roe v. wade Roman Empire, Martyrs Holiness Saints Persecution Romans 3:10 rosary Roy Abraham Varghese rumble sacramental sacrarium sacrifice sacrilege Saint Anthony, St. Anthony, Hammer of heretics, preaching saints salvation salvation army same-sex attraction same-sex marriage sanctification Santa Claus Satan Satanic Satire Pope Francis scandal schism science science fiction scouts Scripture Scripture, Bible seal of confession secularism Sedevacantism, sex sexual abuse sexuality sharing the faith shroud siena silas sin skeptic pi three Skepticism slaughter of the innocent slavery social justice sola fide sola scriptura sola scriptura, tradition, Bible alone, Protestantism, Catholic Church, Catholic soul Spanish Inquisition Spirits spiritual but not religious spirituality sports SSPX st james St. Andrew the Apostle St. Augustine St. Catherine of Siena St. Francis St. Ignatius of Loyola St. Joan of Arc St. John the Baptist St. John the Evangelist St. Joseph St. Jude St. Louis St. Mark the Evangelist St. Michael St. Nicholas St. Paul St. Peter St. Therese St. Thomas Aquinas Stable statues, idolatry, icons, images in Catholic worship stem cells stewardship stigmata suffering suicide Summa Theologica Sunday superstition supreme court sylvanus symbol synod, bishop Synoptic Problem temperance temptation ten commandments terminology terrorism the apostle james the dead know nothing The Gospel of Jesus' Wife the great The I AM the immortality of the human soul The New World Translation The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science The Woman Caught in Adultery the young man in the linen cloth theology of the body theotokos Three Wise Men tim staples timothy tolerance torture total depravity Tradition Traditionalism transubstantiation Triduum Trinity trinity, Holy Spirit, Divinity of Christ, spiration, eternal generation Trinity, Holy Spirit, Divinity of Holy Spirit, God, Pneumatology, Jehovah's Witness tripartite true church truth Tu Quoque turin turn the other cheek, VeggieTales theology, pacifist, just war, kill or murder twelve unconditional love unity universal call to holiness vain repetition, Rosary, Catholic prayer, prayer, Matt. 6:7 Valerie Tarico valid Vatican City Vatican II Vatican, Music, Musica Diablo, Devil in Music venial sin virtue vocation war war, religion Watchtower Bible and Tract Society waterboarding wedding what is heaven Who is Jesus wine witness women worship Year of Faith Yeshua Yoga youth
December 16, 2013

It’s that time of year again when many Christians encounter claims that pagan deities predating Jesus Christ were born on December 25. In popular films, Internet videos, and other media you can find long lists of gods who were supposedly born on the same day.

This idea is not limited to unbelievers. I have heard many Christians claim that the date of Christmas was intended to provide an alternative to pagan celebrations. In some ways it has become a pious legend. On the other hand,...

December 16, 2013

Years ago, I read an interview with Marcus Grodi of the Coming Home Network. I searched through Google in vain for that interview. I will have to give you the highlights to the best of my recollection. If something strikes you as wrong, blame me and not Mr. Grodi.

In the interview, Mr. Grodi spoke of the difficulty of converts in acclimating...

December 12, 2013

The short answer: Of course they should.

Now, let me define what I mean by “discriminate.” In one sense, to discriminate means to note a difference between two things. When a Catholic school doesn’t hire an incompetent applicant, they discriminate between that applicant and a more qualified one (just as your taste buds discriminate between chocolate and sulfur). However, when most people think of discrimination, they think of unfair discrimination, or using an irrelevant...

December 10, 2013

Adherents of the New Age movement often claim that early Christians believed in reincarnation.

Shirley MacLaine, for example, recalls being taught as a New Ager:

“The theory of reincarnation is recorded in the Bible. But the proper interpretations were struck from it during an ecumenical council meeting of the Catholic Church in Constantinople sometime around A.D. 553, called the First Council of Nicaea” (Out on a Limb, 234–35).

There...

December 6, 2013

You’re probably wondering if the title of this post contains a typo. It doesn’t. I’ll explain why in a moment. As many of you know, today is the feast of St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia (part of modern-day Turkey) who in the United States and other parts of the world has become identified with Santa Claus.

In the last few days, in anticipation of his feast as well as of Christmas, a number of bloggers have commented on the many fantastical legends...