The Need for Theological Precision on Limbo

04/19/2016 Comments (15)

Pietro Longhi, “The Baptism” (1755)

Scott Eric Alt has recently written two articles on the “Limbo of Infants” arguing that limbo is not dogmatic and explaining why he disagrees with it as a theological opinion. This is a highly debated and very emotional point for many, especially those who have experienced miscarriage and still birth. There has been both a development in theological opinion and also it seems that a development of doctrine may be working itself out as well. Sorting out all of the theological details will take some time. I would at least like to make a few clarifications to help guide a discussion of this topic.

1. Limbo is not a distinct, fourth place in the afterlife; it is a part of hell. The teaching on...READ MORE

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Play Ball! On Faith and Baseball, A Rome Story, Laugh and Grow Strong and More!

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04/19/2016 Comment

Click onPlay Ball! On Faith and Baseball by George J. Galloway of The Dispatch link to read.

Play Ball! On Faith and Baseball – George J. Galloway, The Dispatch

Laugh and Grow Strong – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Pope Asks Bishops To Set Up New Charities To Mark Year of Mercy – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Making A Murderer, Loving the Guilty – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

The Truth Is Rarely Safe – Francis J. Beckwith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

A Rome Story – Cecily Lowe, Catholic Stand

Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial – Samuel Gregg Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

Update on Reginald Foster’s ‘Ossa Latinitatis Sola’, Request for Old Ludi Domestici – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Scandal of the Particular: The Christian Essence of...READ MORE

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Countdown to World Youth Day: Marking the Holocaust and Warsaw’s Uprisings

04/18/2016 Comments (7)

Memorial of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, unveiled in 1989. (Photo Credit: Carrie Gress)

Different countries have chosen various days of the calendar to recognize the Holocaust. Poland marks the solemn occasion on April 19, the anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

World War II was perhaps the darkest period of Poland’s history. It is difficult to wrap one’s mind around just how awful it was. Certainly it was beyond horrific for the Jews that made up 10 percent of Poland’s population, but it was also a nightmare for non-Jewish Poles. The Nazis, in their maniacal drive to create the “master race,” killed six million Jews from all over Europe, while nearly two million non-Jewish Poles were killed for their “inferior race.” Twenty percent of the Polish...READ MORE

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EWTN’s ‘World Over’ Panel Highlights Concerns Over 'Amoris Laetitia'

04/18/2016 Comments (21)

A panel on Raymond Arroyo’s most recent The World Over program on EWTN had a very candid but respectful discussion of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

In the half hour segment (see above) first aired last Thursday, Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and canonist Father Gerald Murray, weighed in on various aspects of the document. 

Royal began by noting the positive points in the exhortation and that the Holy Father speaks “very clearly” about “at least five controversial issues”: contraception, the right to life, conscientious objection for medical workers, same-sex “marriage” not being in...READ MORE

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Chuck Todd Calls Planned Parenthood Videos "Made Up." Ted Cruz Takes Him to School

04/18/2016 Comments (19)

Wow. This is an insight into the pro-abortion frame of mind. When faced with clear evidence that Planned Parenthood they deny and dismiss. That's it.

Last year, The Center for Medical Progress released a series of secretly recorded videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of baby body parts. For the past year, critics of the video have simply dismissed the videos as "highly edited." That's been their mantra. Unfortunately for them, the CMP released unedited footage on their website. But still, pro-aborts and the media (whom I call Planned Parenthood's AV club) simply keep denying and dismissing.

Here you've got Chuck Todd of Meet the Press simply calling the...READ MORE

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Making Much of God’s Mother; So Many Books, So Little Time and More!

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04/18/2016 Comment

Click on So Many Books, So Little Time by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., The American Catholic link to read.

Making Much of God’s Mother – Charlie Johnson, Catholic Stand

The State: From God, or the Devil? – Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

So Many Books, So Little Time – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

What Liberalism Is Today: The Pro-Absurdity Revolution – David Carlin, The Catholic Thing

Defying Abortion Logic: A Pro-Life Teen Experience – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

The American Catholic Dilemma – Tim Stanley, Catholic Herald

Let Him Serve You – Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

Should a Woman Be Punished for Having an Abortion? – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

The Vatican Response to Secularization and Conflict in Ukraine – Alexander R. Sich, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: Blessing...READ MORE

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A Reader has a Question about the Canon of Scripture

04/18/2016 Comments (6)

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He writes:

I am debating a whole slew of Protestants, so I was reading your excellent article here.

The first myth you debunk is this:

"The deuterocanonical books are not found in the Hebrew Bible. They were added by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent after Luther rejected it."

You conclude that this is false because:

"The Septuagint, complete with the deuterocanononical books, was first embraced, not by the Council of Trent, but by Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles."

In my oppo-research, I came across the disappointingly convincing article here.

Here, the author directly addresses your conclusion, quoting William Weber:

"Josephus not only gave the precise number of the...READ MORE

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A Night in the Holy Sepulchre, When a Lie Is More Than a Lie and More!

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04/17/2016 Comment

Click on A Night in the Holy Sepulchre by David Torkington of Catholic Stand link to read.

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

When a Lie Is More Than a Lie – Don DeMarco Ph.D., Truth and Charity Forum

How Mother Angelica Overcame Childhood Suffering (Not Through Psycho Therapy) – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The Keys to Health and Happiness – Tom Purcell, Catholic Lane

The Church and the Moral Framework of the Economy – Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

The Return of the Absent Clockmaker – John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

Human Liberty and “The Obsolete Man” – Thomas M. Doran, The Dispatch

Bringing the Image of Divine Mercy to the World – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Falling in Love with Life – Mitchell Kalpakgian Ph.D., Truth...READ MORE

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