November 19, 2013

According to 1 Peter 3:21:

“Baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

In keeping with this language, the Nicene Creed states:

“I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.”

And the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms:

“The Lord himself affirms that...

November 19, 2013

It's not uncommon to encounter the random street preacher who asks the question, “Are you saved?” He may follow up by asking, "Are you certain?" In fact, my Evangelical Christian friends have asked me this many times.

These questions find their purpose in the belief of most Evangelicals that once you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior you can be assured of your own salvation. This is not compatible with Catholic teaching.

The...

November 18, 2013

The holidays are right around the corner—and, by "holidays," I mean all the holy days between Thanksgiving and Epiphany—which means our churches are about to experience their semi-annual population boom. The Christmas 'n Easter Catholics, affectionately called Submarine Catholics by a friend of mine because they surface twice a year, will soon be flooding our churches—which can stress out the regular Mass-goers, who may be tempted to mutter curses while trying to find parking and seating....

November 15, 2013

The Year of Faith is almost the Year That Was. Can you believe it? 

Promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2011, the Year of Faith was the Holy Father's way of exhorting Catholics to a renewal and rediscovery of faith while commemorating two important anniversaries. He wrote in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei:

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November 12, 2013

My friend Dennis Barton lives near Liverpool, England, and operates an apostolate called The Church in History Information Centre. Over the last several decades he has defended the Church from many erroneous historical claims. He also has had an interest in scriptural disputes.

Dennis became friends with the late Bernard Orchard, OSB, one of the twentieth century's top biblical scholars. One of Orchard's lasting interests was the Synoptic Problem: What is the literary relationship...