September 19, 2016
The twelve apostles

We’ve seen that the rule of faith and practice for those Christians living during the time of the apostles was not sola scriptura

For them authority resided in the inspired Scripture, the oral teaching of the apostles, and the Church’s leadership as it met in council to settle disputed matters (Acts 15).

Now, someone...

September 16, 2016
St. Robert Bellarmine

Events in history happen in certain times and places. Goes without saying, right? I’m not so sure. It’s not uncommon for us to examine the past through the lenses of today.

I once read a history of the eleventh-century Norman conquest of Sicily. This otherwise lively and accurate account portrayed Robert Guiscard and Roger de Hauteville as venture capitalists, a profession that no medieval man could have wrapped his imagination around.

It is a mistake to judge the decisions and...

September 15, 2016

Some people claim the Catholic Church came into existence in the early part of the fourth century after the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Reformed writer Lorraine Boettner presents one such scenario:

[I]n the fourth century the emperor Constantine, who was the ruler in the west, began to favor Christianity, and then in the year 324, after he had become ruler of all the Empire, made Christianity the official religion. The result was...

September 14, 2016
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine

Dear Tim:

How are you? National campaigns are such a strain on one’s health. Hope you’re getting lots of sleep and taking vitamin C.

I’ll presume you were of sound mind the other day when you predicted, to an audience of gay-rights activists who are giving you money, that the Catholic Church will someday change its teaching that marriage is...

September 13, 2016
St. John the Evangelist (from a Byzantine illuminated manuscript, 12th century)

St. John’s letters are numbered among the New Testament epistles commonly referred to as the Catholic epistles. But it would seem that his first letter, in particular, is far from Catholic.

For example, he seems to teach the Protestant doctrine of the inner testimony of the Spirit and deny the need for a magisterium (a living, teaching authority): “You have no need that any one should teach you; as his anointing teaches you about everything” (1 John 2:27).

Further, he...