495 results

Keywords

abortion abstaining from meat acts addiction adoration adultery Advent agrarianism alcohol alpha course andronicus angels anger annulment anointing of the sick anthropology anti-Catholic anti-catholicism antichrist antipope antony flew apocrypha apollos apologetics apostasy apostle apostles apostolic succession argument 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 beauty beer belief belloc Benedict XVI Bible Big Bang bipartite birth control bishop bishop husband bishop, synod body and blood of Christ boniface born again boy scouts Bride of Christ brothers of the Lord caldecott call no man father calling priests father Calvin candidate Canon canon law catechesis catechism catechumen catherine catholic catholic baptism catholic church catholic contradiction Catholic contradictions catholic idolatry Catholic myths Catholic organizations catholic schools CCM celibacy Chair of Peter change the commandments charity charity, faith chastity chesterton children christian music Christmas christology church church and state church environment Church Fathers circumcision of Christ clerical abuse communion 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 creationism cremation Cross crucifix crucifixion crusades culture cuomo dawkins deacon death debate demographics 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 dilemma diocesan marketing campaign discernment discipline dissent distributism Divine Mercy divinity of christ division divorce doctrine doctrines of demons dogma donum vitae Dorothy Day Early Church Fathers Easter ecumenism education election Encyclical end of the world epaphroditus eschatology Eucharist eucharistic prayer Evangelical evangelism Evangelium Vitae evangelization evil evolution examination of conscience exegesis explaining the trinity extraordinary form extraordinary minister faith 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 Barron, Hell, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Souls in Hell now, Catholic hell, Matt. 25:46 France francis Frank Zindler free will freedom Fulton Sheen fundamentalist funerals gay marriage Gen. 6:5 gender general absolution germany God God remembers sins godparent Gospel Gospel of Barnabas Gospels gossip grace great apostasy Great Library of Alexandria Hail Mary Halloween, Neo-Pagan, Samhain, All Hallow's Eve 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 immersion Immortal Soul immortality impotence in-vitro Indoctrination indulgences infallibility of the Pope infant baptism 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 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 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 life 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 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 natural family planning natural immortality of the soul natural law nature necromancy New Age New Atheists New Testament Nicene Creed non-Catholic occult Old Testament one church one holy catholic apostolic one mediator ordinary form paganism pagans 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 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 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 prudence psychology purgatory purification q qu'ran quadrinity quran Radio Replies RCIA Real Presence rebirth reconciliation reincarnation relativism relics religion religious freedom religious orders repentance Resurrection revelation revelation 12 rich mullins 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 slaughter of the innocent social justice sola fide sola scriptura sola scriptura, tradition, Bible alone, Protestantism, Catholic Church, Catholic soul Spanish Inquisition 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 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 great The I AM The New World Translation The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science 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 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 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 Who is Jesus wine witness women worship Year of Faith Yoga youth
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...

December 4, 2013

In a recent segment on his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh talked about the pope’s new apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. I don’t have...

December 3, 2013

Many Protestant churches—including some of those I attended before I became Catholic—are of the view that God no longer gives visions.

“The age of prophecy is over,” they say.

Other Protestants—notably those in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements—think otherwise. So does the Catholic Church.

Catholic theology commonly distinguishes between what is known as public revelation and private revelation. Public revelation—which is the kind of revelation we find in...

December 2, 2013

One argument that is often used by mythicists is the claim that other pagan deities were also born miraculously of virgins, making the birth of Jesus nothing new in the history of world religions. As the argument goes; Horus, Osirus, Mithras, Dyonisus, Krishna, and others all fit this description. In fact, as it is often claimed, there are also heroes and historical figures like Ion, Romulus, Asclepius, and...