Month: April 2012


What Does the Book of James Say About Justification?

Perhaps no single doctrinal issue has caused more division between Catholics and Protestants than the question of justification, or how we are made righteous before God.  Catholic believe that we are justified by faith, but must cultivate this faith through good works done in obedience to God (what St. Paul calls the “obedience of faith,” in […]

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Gay Marriage, Incest, and Polygamy

One of the most often-mocked arguments in the debate over “gay marriage” is the argument that permitting gay marriage leads to permitting incestuous marriages, polygamy, and the like.  The  problem is, the argument is solid, and I’ve yet to hear a coherent answer for it.  For example, Jon Davidson evades the argument, rather than answering it: Jon Davidson Bringing up […]

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Big News …

From left: Archbishop Naumann, Pope Benedict,Fr. Brian Schieber and Fr. Gary Pennings I wanted to take this opportunity to let blog readers know about a big change in my own life that could have an impact on the blog.  I’ve been accepted as a seminarian by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.  My last day […]

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Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist and Church History

I know I’ve posted this before, but I’m struck at how beautifully Flannery O’Connor expressed herself regarding both the Eucharist and Church history.  First, she famously had this to say of the Eucharist, as recounted in a letter she wrote in December of 1955: Flannery O’Connor “I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some […]

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What Should Christians Think About Adoptive Parenting?

Guido Reni, Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus (1635) A week ago, a Democratic lobbyist named Hilary Rosen said that Mitt Romney’s wife Ann “has actually never worked a day in her life,” since she’s a stay-at-home mom. A lot of people, particularly stay-at-home parents, were understandably upset. But that doesn’t justify the response of the Catholic League, […]

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Why Bishops Don’t Say, “The Lord be With You”

When we switched to the new translation of the Mass this past Advent, much was said about the fact that now, when the priest says, “The Lord be with you,” we respond, “and with your spirit,” instead of “and also with you.”  In a 2005 newsletter announcing this change, the USCCB explained: Eugeniusz Kazimirowski,Divine Mercy (1934) Where […]

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