Category Archives: Roman Catholicism

Indignity Unbecoming

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One more small yelp about Christians spotting media bias. Alan Jacobs faults journalists for improperly interpreting Pope Francis’ declaration of mercy for women who have had abortions: Pope Francis has done a big, big thing: he has made it dramatically easier for women who have had abortions to be reconciled to the Church. But take… Read More→

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The Numbers Still Don’t Lie

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So what’s up with all the gloating? Yet another reminder of how limited papal infallibility and supremacy is: Neither are Catholics uniformly on board with Francis’ many calls for social and economic justice. Most (57 percent), chiefly Democrats and women, say the Catholic church should focus more on social justice and the obligation to help… Read More→

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What’s In Your Kitchen?

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John Zmirak adds to the confusion that Protestants have about papal audacity and the magisterium’s authority: There is such a thing as a cafeteria Catholic. That term refers to people who pick and choose from the Church’s non-negotiable teachings, based on what seems right to their private consciences formed by the secular culture around them;… Read More→

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If He Responds, “So What?” You May Have Struck a Nerve

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Catholic replies has this to say to an inquiry about the many years that saw emperors appoint popes: Q. What do you say to someone who tells you that Popes were appointed by emperors for a long time? How did the Church approve the appointment of a Pope by an emperor? — E.G., Florida. A.… Read More→

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Spotting the Difference between Piety and Snark

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Old Life regular, vd, t, offered this advice for how to respond to climate change: —Plug in your clocks only when you absolutely have to know what time it is. If you need the alarm, get up five minutes early to set it. —Al Gore says cigarettes are a significant cause of global warming, so… Read More→

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Founders Obsession

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American conservatives have it. The Constitution and the founders who wrote, debated, and ratified it are the key to American identity. If we can only go back there, America can return to its greatness. (If only we could get rid of the subsequent 37 states and occupy the geo-political significance of say, the Netherlands.) Presbyterians… Read More→

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When Christianity Goes Cosmic

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Roman Catholics fall for neo-Calvinists. Michael Sean Winters closes his reflections on James Bratt‘s biography of Kuyper with a big finish: It would be wrong to finish this treatment of Bratt’s book without mentioning Kuyper’s most famous quote, uttered in his “sphere sovereignty” speech inaugurating the Free University: “there is not a square inch in… Read More→

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The Fine Print about Truth

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I recall Francis Schaeffer talking about “true truth” to make the point, if memory serves, that Christians do not endorse relativism. But among the apologists for Rome I don’t recall hearing so many appeals to abstract truth — that is, the idea that the church stands for the truth (but see if you can figure… Read More→

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Does that Apply to Justin Bieber and Global Capitalism?

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Jason Stellman is back in apologist mode and thinks it great that Roman Catholicism loves paganism (not even Michael Sean Winters says this): Our paradigm has at its heart the Christmas story, the coming-in-the-flesh of the Son of God. If divinity assumed humanity to the point where the second Person of the Trinity will forever… Read More→

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