Category Archives: Roman Catholicism

Who Is Scratching Whose Head?

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A number of bloggers are struggling with Pope Francis’ comment about family planning and Roman Catholics “breeding like rabbits.” On the one side are those who think Francis is only speaking to the wider public and would choose his words more carefully if addressing the faithful exclusively: When Francis speaks to the mainstream media, like… Read More→

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Winning

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Unless the local priest can be just like Jesus Francis, why bother? Why not go to church with the flabby evangelicals? After a television interview, I was talking with a young producer who told me of her experience. She had been raised Catholic, but stopped going to church in college. Now she is engaged and… Read More→

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Doesn’t Being Protestant Count for Anything?

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It is one thing to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. It is another to claim him as one of your own. That distinction seems to be lost on the left and right of U.S. Roman Catholics. First, from Catholic Vote an attempt to turn King into a social conservative: I too have a dream, that… Read More→

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Lean and Means

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Charles Pope — good for him, none of this Rodney King, CTC pose — takes issue with Protestants for separating faith from works, grace from transformation (ugh), and Scripture from church authority: There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: Sola Fide (saved by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the… Read More→

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I Am Mario Cuomo

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The media attention devoted to Mario Cuomo’s death highlighted the tension in the former governor’s thought between his personal moral convictions and his responsibilities and work as an elected official. Put simply, is it possible to be personally committed to Roman Catholic morality but in public life follow a different moral standard? Here’s how Crux… Read More→

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Called to Answer

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Jason and the Callers don’t include the fine print in their call. We know. But I can’t imagine even the Callers have enough time to fill out all the surveys the bishops (and others) are sending. Here’s one in preparation for the next Synod on the family: The Socio-Cultural Context (ns. 5 – 8) 1.… Read More→

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How Times Have Changed

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As Robbie George explains it, from one THE-ROCK star: I grew up in West Virginia as a Catholic in a Protestant culture, the kind we would today describe as evangelical. We Catholics had the pope — but he was a distant and, to be blunt, foreign figure. Our Protestant neighbors had Billy Graham, the friend… Read More→

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Missing Logic

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A couple of items that all apologists might want to chew over, especially the homers we know as Jason and the Callers. First, notice the absence of logic in Russ Saltzman’s tu quoque-like decision to become a Roman Catholic: While certainly Neuhaus was – crap, still is – a tremendous influence on me, Dianne’s announcement… Read More→

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If It Could Happen to Jerusalem . . .

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Why not to Rome (thoughts after a sermon this past Sunday on Rom 11:27-32)? Lots of those who — come the nuns (hell) or extraordinary synods (high water) — claim that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Roman Catholic Church never seem to account for what happened to Israel. After all, didn’t… Read More→

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Sola Christus

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Mark Shea channels his former Protestant self: December is the month of Advent and Advent is about not just the First Advent at Christmas but the Second Advent on the Last Day. Accordingly, it confronts us with the reality of Judgment. Lots of folks wonder how to get ready for the Last Judgment. Everything in… Read More→

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