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If marriage is such a good thing, shouldn’t anyone be allowed to marry? Why not same-sex couples? Why not groups of people? Why not people and their pets? In a world focused on rights without responsibilities and on sex without consequences, it’s difficult to communicate the Catholic understanding of marriage. Here’s some help.
It turns out that one of the world’s finest Catholic apologists is also a surfer. In this selection from his latest book, The Sea Within, philosopher Peter Kreeft maintains that it’s impossible to live by the sea and remain an atheist, for the sea is the most remarkable icon of God. As the eye is the window to the soul, so the sea is the window to the heart of God.
Our Holy Father wants to engage the Muslim world in dialogue. Indeed, he wants to engage the entire world in dialogue because he believes in the power of reason. We provide here a primer for Christian-Muslim dialogue: a thumbnail of the tragic history, an outline of principle Islamic beliefs, and where we can find common ground.
Is Christianity a supernaturally revealed religion that demands our submission and obedience, or is it a human construction that can and should be adapted to the prevailing customs of the age? That is the question that is ripping apart the Anglican communion, including its Episcopalian counterpart in the United States.
It’s pretty impressive: Jehovah’s Witnesses are putting it on the line, giving up their Sunday mornings to go around neighborhoods talking to people about God. It’s more evangelization than most Catholics do. But while they might be sincere and wholehearted, their doctrines don’t add up to the truth.
"Between heresy and schism there is this difference, that heresy perverts dogma, while schism, by rebellion against the bishop, separates from the Church. Nevertheless there is no schism which does not trump up a heresy to justify its departure from the Church."
~ St. Jerome, (In Ep. ad Tit., iii, 10), remarking on how practically and historically, heresy and schism nearly always go hand in hand.