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St Charbel Relics

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St. Ann’s in Tubac, AZ and San Xavier Del Bac in Tucson, AZ

I was trying to send a Catholic deacon I know pictures from the web of St. Ann’s in Tubac, AZ but something screwy went on with the sending via e-mail so I’m going to try to post pictures from the … Continue reading

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The worst argument for women’s ordination I’ve ever seen

I’ve seen some very bad radical egalitarian arguments for women’s ordination but this one from Ben Witherington III, who apparently did his own doctoral thesis on the New Testament on the topic of women in ministry in the church, probably, … Continue reading

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Catholic doctrine and Protestant doctrine

I find it a little bit irritating when Catholic doctrine is deliberately misrepresented by Protestants or the media by pointing to what an individual Catholic says and raising that to the level of Catholic doctrine. There is a firm difference … Continue reading

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Al Mohler on Baptist converts to Catholicism and Anglicanism…

Scot McKnight has posted about Al Mohler’s reaction to two people from the SBC who have converted to Catholicism and Anglicanism. He cites from Bob Allen at Baptist News Global: A recent Wall Street Journal story profiling twin brothers who … Continue reading

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Is evangelicalism a Christian denomination?

I’ve seen Evangelical Christians lower-case the term “evangelicalism” when specifically referring to the so-called “Christian” denomination of Evangelicalism/The Evangelical Movement (for the record, I have prayed about this numerous times, and I have become convinced that this Evangelical Movement is … Continue reading

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Catholics/Orthodox Christians are too Old Testament?

I’ve heard Protestant friends of mine talk about how Catholic and Orthodox Christians are too “Old Testament”. At first, I thought that was referring to their emphasis on works in regard to salvation and having engaged more with Catholic theology, … Continue reading

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Lay exorcisms

I have this one on my “to watch” list right now along with Sinister, The Shining, Annabelle, Evil Dead (2013 re-make), The Exorcist, Jessabelle, and many others. From what I’ve heard, this one produces genuine scares. There is a scene … Continue reading

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Are Anabaptists orthodox?

I use the term Anabaptist here to refer to someone who deliberately denies baptism to infants. Although technically, the term means “no baptist” and a better term would be credobaptist. I reject the term credobaptist to refer to such people … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination: Starting Points

I came across this video by N.T. Wright a while back. It’s interesting because I think it points out the major problems in making a radical egalitarian argument on this base. The radical egalitarian normally begins his argument for the … Continue reading

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Met. Kallistos Ware on the Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church

“Man, Woman and the Priesthood of Christ”, Women and the Priesthood, 5-53. It is a common theme of Met. Kallistos Ware to caution hastiness in the Church on a variety of different issues. He cites Isaiah 28:16 which reads “He … Continue reading

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Did the New Testament Church Have an Ecclesiastical Structure?

It is generally argued by Protestants (primarily the Anabaptist Protestants) that the church structure of the episcopacy is entirely a new invention known to the church that did not originate in the Bible. But the reality is that the episcopacy … Continue reading

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Catholic Predestination vs. Calvinist Predestination (and the Orthodox Adoption of Catholic Predestination)

Objection 1. It seems that God reprobates no man. For nobody reprobates what he loves. But God loves every man, according to (Wisdom 11:25): “Thou lovest all things that are, and Thou hatest none of the things Thou hast made.” … Continue reading

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Why Catholics are Neither Arminian nor Calvinist

I’ve often been told by Arminian heretics that Catholics entertain some form of Calvinism. Nothing could be more grossly misrepresented in the whole of Catholic theology than this idea that the Arminians maintain. I imagine they do this in order … Continue reading

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What Binds all Christians Together?

There are two doctrines that Jesus talks about which I see as uniting points for Christians. Baptism (John 3:3-5) Eucharist (John 6:51-58) Jesus assured Nicodemus that unless a man is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the … Continue reading

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Marks of a Valid Baptism…

Intent I have concluded recently that the Traditionalist Catholics are correct in their interpretation of the sacrament of baptism and what marks a baptism as being valid. Of course, the implications would exclude the vast majority of Protestant baptisms as … Continue reading

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What Christian Denomination are You Quiz?

I got 82% Episcopalian, 82% Catholic, 49% Lutheran, 49% Restorationist, 32% Methodist, 19% Calvinist, 14% Puritan, 5% Baptist, and 0% Pentecostal. Take the Quiz and tell me what your scores were in the comments section.

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At what point did the reformers cease being Catholic?

At what point did Luther’s teachings transgress the bounds of ‘Catholic’ orthodoxy? This question, which fascinated some older scholars, rests on an assumption unacceptable to modern historians: namely, that there exists an eternal standard of ‘Catholic’ truth independent of name … Continue reading

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Biblical Theologian Converts to Catholicism

Yes, you can take the Bible seriously and still be a Catholic. Sorry Bosco, you lose. Buy the Catholic Bible Dictionary Bosco! Or his book Scripture Matters because Scripture matters to Catholics JUST AS MUCH as it matters to Protestants! … Continue reading

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Biblical Meditations–Queen of Heaven

Those poor Protestants tend to use this verse to dismantle Catholic and Orthodox Mariology. Jeremiah 7:18—“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out … Continue reading

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Dormition of St Anna

I forgot to tell Mother that Eastern Christians celebrated the dormition of St Anna on Friday, July 25. She is patron saint to childless people and mothers so she is a good patron for Mother. She is the mother of … Continue reading

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The women debate—my attempt to explain from a sacramental perspective

Sacramentalists (or Christians who favour a more sacramental system of God distributing aid to his people) usually don’t agree that a woman can be a cultic or ritualistic priest. Sacramentalists are High Anglicans, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox generally. They may … Continue reading

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I saw a baby baptism yesterday…

I’ve never seen a baby baptism before. Even though Jesus had revealed himself to babies (Matt. 11:25-26), a baby being enlightened to know Jesus was simply unthinkable among the Evangelical Protestantism I grew up with. They did baptise infants at … Continue reading

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An Orthodox Christian is in My Religion and Moral Issues Class!

My Religion and Moral Issues class that I’m taking this summer that is going to prevent me from blogging for quite a bit has an Orthodox Christian in it–I’m fairly certain a Syriac Orthodox Christian so jrj1701 might have something … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day

This past Sunday was All Saints’ Day for Greek/Byzantine Catholics my archpriest was telling me yesterday as I called him on the phone. One thing that you notice about all the saints is that they all had doubts and that … Continue reading

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Protestantism and Ministry

Since women were created to compliment men (and vice versa) it seems that having a mixed elder board, for example, would be advantageous. The unique qualities of femininity (e.g. relationality) would contribute and compliment the group. Further, having women on … Continue reading

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A Female Bishop

According to one source, St. Brigid was apparently ordained to the episcopate. Feminist scholars sometimes use this to support the position that women can be ordained. But apparently not all feminist scholars are convinced of this (this is primarily because … Continue reading

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The Necessity of the Seven Sacraments

In Catholic theology and Eastern Orthodox theology I believe too, the sacraments show God participating in our lives and with us at the liturgy. It is God, breathing life into his Church–his bride. I come from a background that challenges … Continue reading

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Social Justice and the All-Male Priesthood

When you frame the argument that an all-male priesthood violates the norms of social justice, you are completely missing the point of what it means to be a priest. It further indicates that you hold no responsibility whatsoever yourself. For … Continue reading

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Was Mary a Perpetual Virgin?

The teaching of the perpetual virginity of Mary within the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches generally causes problems for Protestants. As such, it is typical to see Mary’s perpetual virginity from non-Catholics as, less strongly, a doubt, but more strongly … Continue reading

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Why Debating With Feminists is a Ridiculous Waste of Your Time

On the occasion, it is typical to hear feminists launching attacks at the Catholic Church for not ordaining women (which essentially means our Eastern Orthodox brethren are being attacked as well) and often times this boils down into a conversation … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas From the Maronites

And let’s not forget that he came with only one primary mission…to die.

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