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Aim at Mary, Hit Jesus

Many of the most popular attacks on Mary (both by Protestants today, and by figures like Nestorius throughout the history of the Church) end up being attacks on Jesus. This post looks at three specific examples: (1) "all have sinned" as a denial of the Immaculate Conception; (2) "no one greater than John the Baptist”; and (3) refusing to acknowledge Mary as Mother of God.

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Casting Out Demons in the Name of Solomon: Jewish Exorcisms at the Time of Christ

Giotto, Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo (detail) (1300)  Exorcisms have been a part of Catholicism from the very beginning. When Jesus sends out the Twelve Apostles, “they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:12-13). But […]

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No, the Bible Isn’t the Fullness of Revelation. Jesus is.

The debate over sola Scriptura is often framed as a question of whether the fullness of revelation is Scripture or Scripture plus Tradition. But the Bible points us to the fullness of revelation, and it doesn’t look like this: Vincent Van Gogh, Still Life with Bible (1885) Rather, the fullness of revelation looks more like […]

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Reason #8 to Reject the Reformation: Heterodoxy

While not all of the causes of the Protestant Reformation were theological, some of them undoubtedly were. So St. Edmund Campion, in the eighth of his Ten Reasons against the Reformation, addressed some of these. Specifically, he considers certain “impossible positions” that the Reformers held “on God, on Christ, on Man, on Sin, on Justice, on Sacraments, [and] on […]

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Joel Osteen, Judas Iscariot, and the Heretical “Prosperity Gospel”

Lakewood Church(Joel and Victoria Osteen’s megachurch) The recent controversy over Joel and Victoria Osteen has put these megachurch preachers back in the spotlight. This time, it was because Victoria said: I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way […]

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How Do We Know Jesus Isn’t Speaking Figuratively About the Eucharist in John 6?

Cale B.T., an Anglican with some Catholic sympathies, asked one of the better questions I’ve seen regarding John 6 and the Eucharist: Guercino, Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well (1641) I’m an Anglican who is very sympathetic to Catholicism and I’ve a question regarding the Real Presence. A verse frequently used in defence […]

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