Category Archives: Are the CTCers Paying Attention?

Independence Day Blues


Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — the most memorable phrase from the Declaration of Independence, arguably. So Father Dwight tries to instruct us on the proper meaning of happiness (which is not as bad as trying to find the true meaning of hedonism, but it still doesn’t go well). Of the four levels… Read More→

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Even Romans Wasn’t That Long

papal encyclical

Boniface once again shows why he is a much more important read than Bryan and the Jasons. This time he explains why a papal letter has to be 187 pages (!!!!) long: Modern encyclicals are a curious thing. The encyclical developed from the papal bull. The bull was a primarily juridical instrument used as a… Read More→

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Window Shut?


When asked about the need for the Second Vatican Council, John XXIII said, “I want to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.” So how can it be that the new encyclical, Laudao Si, may be an indication that the Roman church is… Read More→

Also posted in Being Human, Christianity and the West, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , , , | 92 Responses

When Is Orthodoxy Dead?

St Rumbold's Cathedral Mechelen

If someone believes in the virgin birth of Christ, what’s the chance she (see what I did there?) will promote same-sex marriage? Or if someone insists on singing psalms only in worship, will he support women’s ordination? Or what if a pastor believes the Bible to be the infallible word of God, do you think… Read More→

Also posted in Modern Church, New World Presbyterianism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , | 95 Responses

More Doctrinal Evolution


If it’s wrong for Protestants to think that Calvin and Luther were simply reiterating what Paul and Peter taught, isn’t it also wrong for Roman Catholics to think that Trent was a doctrinal glimmer in the eye of the early church fathers? Merely waving the wand of doctrinal development won’t help you think historically, or… Read More→

Also posted in Adventures in Church History, Christianity and the West, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , | 195 Responses

Reality Wins


Is it merely coincidental that the day that Nancy Pelosi tries to gain the upper Roman Catholic hand on Marco Rubio is also the day that Jason Stellman (of Bryan and the Jasons) announces he is throwing in the towel? Here‘s Nancy on the Roman Catholic mainstream: I thoroughly disagree (with Rubio’s opposition to gay… Read More→

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Rod Dreher continues to acquire material for his next book — the one on the Benedict Option. (Make that Benedictine Option and I’m there — like yesterday.) And he posts this from a Protestant pastor who supports the notion of some kind of cultural resistance: I just wanted to let you know that your writings… Read More→

Also posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Being Human, Book of Nature, Evangelicalism, Putting the Protest in Protestantism, sanctification, The Wax Nose | Tagged , , , , , | 96 Responses

What A Call with Integrity Sounds Like

2 flags better than 1

If Bryan and the Jasons had truly been conservative Presbyterians, they would have carried suspicions of liberalism into the Roman Catholic Church with them. But that they continue to insist that Protestantism and Roman Catholicism represent two distinct paradigms while not recognizing the two paradigms that exist on both sides of the Tiber — one… Read More→

Also posted in Adventures in Church History, Otherworldliness, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Sacred Office | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Responses