Why Are So Many Evangelicals Turning to the Catholic Church?

Some of Southern Evangelical Seminary's Students Are Becoming Catholic—and Here's Why

07/10/2016 Comments (34)

St. Peter's Square and Basilica in Rome. (Photo credit: Alberto Luccaroni, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Douglas Beaumont was a pretty solid Evangelical Christian, by his own admission. For twenty years, he lived in that tradition—studying at an Evangelical seminary, then teaching at the same institution, and helping the seminary founder and president with his study of systematic theology. Beaumont authored several books which were published by Evangelical publishers, and he was pretty well known around the country.

So what caused Doug—along with dozens of students, alumni and professors from a conservative, Evangelical seminary—to leave behind the Evangelical tradition which had been their spiritual home, and to enter into communion with Rome?

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Homily: The Good Samaritan, violence, race, and politics

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The good Samaritan heals the traveller (Nicolaes Roosendael, 1665)

Note: I share this lightly edited text of today’s homily, the second of my fledgling diaconal ministry, with some misgivings. Although I was asked to post the text online by a number of people, as a neophyte homilist I am uncomfortable sharing like this what is only my second effort, which I do not consider an exemplary or model work in any way. Be that as it may, the message is topical to the present moment, and will never be more applicable than it is right now. If I did nothing else in this homily, I tried to express something of what I believe today’s Gospel has to say to us today, so the time to share it is now. — SDG


You might have missed a story this past week from Texas...READ MORE

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Three Brothers Who Are Priests Show the Power of a Family Dedicated to God and More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/10/2016 Comment

Click on Three Brothers Who Are Priests Show the Power of a Family Dedicated to God by Philip Kosloski of Aleteia to read more.

Three Brothers Who Are Priests Show the Power of a Family Dedicated to God - Philip Kosloski, Aleteia

Pope Francis to Canonize Five New Saints – Diane Montagna, Aleteia

There are 21 Million Refugees Around the World in Need of Solidarity - Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

The Next Step in the Sexual Revolution – David Carlin, Catholic Answers

Dan Brown’s Theories at Harvard Divinity School: the Tale of a Scam – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Canada Is Already Looking at Expanding Assisted Suicide – Catholic News Agency

Dear New York Times, The Epistle to the Romans Didn’t Say ‘Execute Gays’ – Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Can Arithmetic Set an Atheist Free? – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand...READ MORE

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Leftists Get a Taste of Irony, With a Side of Waffle Fries

07/09/2016 Comments (28)

(Photo credit: J. Reed, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

It takes a great deal to ruffle a New Yorker.

I'm not referring to the foreigners from Wyoming and Kentucky who come to New York City because they have a passing interest in theater. I mean hardboiled, dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers whose progenitors came here by boat. The ones you don't want to meet in a dark alley unless of course, they've come to help defend you in a fight in a dark alley.

A kerfuffle earlier this year about Chick-fil-A restaurants in Manhattan came close to ruffling a few feathers. (Pun intended.)

Apparently, good ol' Bill de Blasio, the mayor whose only fault is that he's incapable of saying anything intelligent or morally consistent, balked at the audacity of...READ MORE

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Pray for Dallas, Pray for a Culture of Life

07/09/2016 Comments (1)

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother…”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Thursday night, many of us heard of the tragic sniper attack during a Black Lives Matter protest in Downtown Dallas. The Dallas police were there to protect the people, and ended up the victims of a horrific and heinous deadly attack. Five officers died and several others were wounded.

I was 18 miles away from Downtown Dallas when this happened. My husband and I actually planned on attending the noon Mass at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Downtown Dallas on Friday. However, our plans changed on Thursday night as we followed this story. I had...READ MORE

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Baseball Is a Catholic Game, St. Frances De Sales Is a Profile in Courage, and More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/09/2016 Comment

Click on Baseball: A Catholic Game by George Weigel of First Things link to read more.

How Lack of Reverence for the Eucharist Puts People Off Catholicism – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Freedom, Truth, and Conscience: Why Religious Liberty Matters – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Is Catechesis Possible in a Narcissistic Age? Teaching Self-Centered Millennials – Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine

Baseball: A Catholic Game – George Weigel, First Things 

St. Frances De Sales: A Profile in Courage – Daniel Stewart, The Catholic Gentleman

Visiting the Site of England’s Conversion – Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

The New Age of Anxiety: Navigating the European Wasteland – Fr. Brandon O’Brien, Crisis Magazine

As the Culture of Death Strangles America – Dave...READ MORE

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Philly Mayor Attacks Eucharistic Doctrine as “Not Christian”

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (Photo credit: “Lasalleexplorer”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Archbishop Charles Chaput is "not Christian"? That's the claim made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who disagrees with the archbishop's recent directive to priests in his archdiocese to deny communion to gay, divorced and unwed couples. Kenney, who was raised in an Irish Catholic family and who attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School, tweeted his dissatisfaction with the archbishop's statement:

Actually, though, Mayor Kenney disagrees not only with the archbishop, but with the longstanding teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 1415) states:

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California's Bishop Alphonse Gallegos Declared Venerable

07/08/2016 Comment

“Chaplain of the Lowriders” and lion-like defender of the unborn, Ven. Alphonse Gallegos had a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Today in an audience with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, His Holiness Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos (pro. “Guy-yay-gos”).

Because of the Holy Father’s move, the late auxiliary bishop of Sacramento will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos.

It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which started ten years ago.

Spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento Kevin Eckery told the Register, “Bishop Gallegos touched so many people with his ministry. We are gratified to see his cause moving forward and will provide the [cause’s] Postulator with any assistance he needs to...READ MORE

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