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March 13, 2013

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March 12, 2013

I was watching live as the cardinals took their oaths and then Msgr. Marini closed the doors of the Sistine Chapel.

The camera work was impressive, and it was like something out of a movie. 

After watching the oaths, the atmosphere was so solemn that when the doors began to close, it sent chills up my spine.

Wow!

Afterwards, I found this edited version of the event.

Incidentally, "Extra omnes" is the traditional command to tell everyone except the cardinals...

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 10, 2013

In his 1999 book, Evangelical Answers – A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologists, Eric Svendsen claims the Catholic Church makes Mary into not just a god, but the God:

Suppose someone in the United States were to pray to Mary at a certain time during the day. Suppose further that, at exactly that same moment, someone in Europe begins also to pray to Mary… suppose at that same moment hundreds of thousands of devoted...

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...