“I was raised Evangelical and just recently started looking, with an open mind, into the Catholic Church. You guys have been instrumental in my leaning more and more towards coming home to the Catholic Church.”
Jesus said “love your neighbor as yourself”—right after he said to love God with your whole being. But does love involve keeping mum about sin to spare your neighbor’s feelings? No: Those we love deserve the truth.
The Christian account of Creation is so deeply woven into our culture that we may scarcely think of it at all. But as fallen creatures we must understand man in his unfallen state, and the gifts that were lost when the apple was eaten—as well as the restorative fruit of the Tree of Life, borne on Calvary.
"Catholics are idolaters." "Catholic feasts have pagan origins." For 21 centuries, a variety of camps have slapped the “pagan” label on the Church. Today those accusers include secularists and criptural revisionists as well as Bible Christians. It’s simple enough to rebut the accusations of paganism, but we have to do our homework.
Ever heard someone called a “a social-justice Catholic”? Misnomer or not, the term implies an adherence to political ideology over Christian precepts. It’s true that some Catholics use the phrase social justice ambiguously. It’s also true that ignoring (or distorting) social justice isn’t an option for any Catholic.
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI announced a new bridge across the Tiber, an opportunity for Anglicans who wished to retain aspects of their liturgy and cultural heritage as members of the Catholic Church. Msgr. Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham—the very first of its kind—shares his hopes and his challenges.
"Do as you wish; for we are Christians, and we do not sacrifice to idols."
~ Six companions of Justin Martyr, martyrs all; speaking to the Prefect Rusticus after he threatened them with "torture without mercy" unless they sacrificed to the Roman "gods;" from the trial transcript by Tatian (A.D. 165).