A few years ago I began to study the Catholic faith in which I was raised. And the findings of that study were disturbing. Whereas we had always been taught that the Pope of Rome was the “Vicar of Christ” and one who is directly descended from St. Peter – in unbroken succession no less […]Read More A Book Review in Several Parts: “From Apostles to Bishops: The Development of the Episcopacy in the Early Church” by Francis A. Sullivan, S.J.
For the first time “on American soil” a saint is to be declared. Apparently a 26 year old nun who died in 1927 was “holy” enough to merit this award. But how utterly ironic that – contrary to the teachings of Rome during her lifetime – she discovered that the Word of God is “THE wellspring of […]Read More Catholics to Beatify Sola Scriptura
Last week’s Halbig decision is an interesting application of the Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura for today and is a prime demonstration why that doctrine is central to American life. The question in Halbig was essentially whether a “magisterial” administration could redefine a written law contrary to its explicit text in favor of what […]Read More Halbig and Hammurabi and Sola Scriptura
Dr. Clark weighed in a topic about which I posted yesterday. In this 600th anniversary year of the convening of the Council of Constance, his effort is very timely and can be read here. The crux of the matter is put succinctly here: The Avignon crisis is just one of many examples from the history […]Read More The Babylonian Captivity Of The Papacy – R. Scott Clark
The post-Vatican II era has created a serious problem for Roman Catholics. And that problem is precisely how to reconcile the claims of the church with the facts of history – and sometimes with the facts of its own history! It is not that this is a new problem but rather that the world and […]Read More The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity
Well, that’s not something you see everyday. I wonder if the Pope will let them read Surah 9:29?: Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those […]Read More Pope Authorizes reading the Qu’ran at the Vatican
Maureen Mullarkey has a wonderful piece in this week’s First Things. Entitled “Tammany on the Tiber” it is an exceptional piece. She wonders rightly, I think, about the trend now developing of popes canonizing their predecessors. She asks, Is election a promissory note drafted in white smoke, and redeemable at death for public elevation to the rank of […]Read More Papal messianism, bolstered by lack of competence in economics, is the road to a familiar hell, however finely paved with lovely intention.
One of the complaints I have about the Roman Catholic Church in which I grew up is how “man-centered” its teachings are. After all, the sacerdotal system is all about “you” going to Mass; “you” going to confession; “you” blindly following the Magisterium. So it was with some little surprise that I saw this […]Read More Therefore, Go Ye Into All the World and Tell Them About Yourselves….
A while ago, I asked the question, “Is Roger Olson a Marcionite”? I did so with no malice but the question was genuine in light of Dr. Olson’s pronouncements about the impossibility of Calvinism. Dr. Olson believes that the Calvinist doctrine of double predestination is untrue because it requires, in his estimation a God who […]Read More Is Roger Olson a Marcionite? Part 2
It may be recalled that Marcion was that early 2nd century fellow who applied an external concept of “good” to the God of the Bible and found Him wanting. In fact, Marcion’s concept of goodness led to him to completely reject the God of the Old Testament and the God of most of the New. […]Read More Is Roger Olson a Marcionite?