Was Same-Sex "Marriage" a Christian Rite?

Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:03 AM Comments (34)

Recently an article on the Internet that claims same-sex "marriage" used to be a Christian rite has been trending. It's been cited repeatedly, in many different places, and Jimmy has gotten multiple queries about how to respond to it.

According to the article:

Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th...READ MORE

Filed under gay marriage, homosexual "marriage", homosexuality, john boswell

One of the Most Important Events in Christian History

Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:44 AM Comments (5)

This Sunday's readings deal with one of the most important events in Christian history.

Although the majority of Christians have little or no knowledge of the event, a pivotal moment in the history of the Church is recorded in Acts 10.

This event is the conversion of the household of the Roman centurion Cornelius, and it is important because, when this event occurred, it became clear that one did not have to become a Jew in order to become a Christian. This opened the door to a wave of conversions from people of all nations and kept Christianity from being a purely Jewish phenomenon, ethnically speaking.

But the conversion of Cornelius is controversial. It was in its own day, and it...READ MORE

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Should Christians Be Vegetarians? (Video)

Sunday, May 06, 2012 3:29 PM Comments (24)

Vegetarianism is a hot topic today. Many people are cutting out some or all animal products from their diet.

Virtually all restaurants have vegetarian selections on their menus, and there are even restaurants that specialize exclusively in vegetarian cuisine.

Products in stores also advertise that they are made without animal products and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

With vegetarianism and veganism growing more popular, it raises important questions, such as what its health effects are, whether it is more ethical, and whether it should be embraced on religious grounds.

When done for health reasons, this is a matter of science rather than faith. But what about claims...READ MORE

Filed under animals, bible, christianity, diet, jesus, judaism, meat, peta, vegan, veganism

How to Respond to Dan Savage on Homosexuality and the Bible?

Monday, April 30, 2012 12:23 AM Comments (176)

Homosexual activist Dan Savage recently was invited to give a keynote address to a group of high school students at a high school journalism conference.

You may make your own inferences regarding what this shows about the national associations in question, given the controversial, foul-mouthed history of Savage.

During the course of the event, Savage began a vulgarity-laced rant against the Bible and its teachings on homosexuality.

A significant portion of his audience, which included students from Christian schools, then walked out on him in protest (or disgust, or outrage, etc.).

In response, he suggested they were “pansy *ssed” for being unable to handle his pushback.

...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Is the Rosary Just "Vain Repetitions"?

Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:02 AM Comments (120)

We’re coming up on May–a month associated with the Virgin Mary–so here’s a new video on one of the most common objections to the rosary: the charge that it amounts to “vain repetitions,” in violation of Jesus’ command in the Sermon on the Mount:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matt. 6:7, King James Version).

"Surely, the rosary must violate that," an opponent of the rosary thinks. "I mean, 153 Hail Marys? That's gotta violate Jesus' command against repetitive prayer."

But is that what Jesus really meant? Is it even what he really *said*? Or has there been a translation problem here?

...READ MORE

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Sister in Crisis Interview: The Transcript

Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:55 PM Comments (8)

Because of the time sensitivity of last week's dramatic news of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith demanding a reform of the major U.S. group of leaders of women religious, I wasn't able to have a transcript available when I released my exclusive interview with Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis. The transcript is now available, and you can read it below. 

You can also listen to it in audio format by clicking here.

And now, the transcript . . .


I'm going to bump the podcast that I originally expected to release today by a week in order to be able to cover and important news story that broke this week in the Catholic world.

Basically, what happened is the...READ MORE

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Sisters in Crisis Special

Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:28 AM Comments (44)

 

This week the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome mandated a thoroughgoing reform of the largest leadership conference for women religious in the United States.

In an exclusive interview, Ann Carey joins Jimmy Akin to go in-depth on this dramatic announcement, why it happened, what it means, and what may happen next.

Ann Carey is a journalist who has been covering the subject of women religious for many years. She is the author of the book Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities.

According to the Vatican report, there are serious doctrinal problems associated with the activities and publications of the Leadership Conference of...READ MORE

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Christianity = Communism ?

Monday, April 16, 2012 11:01 PM Comments (42)

Last Sunday one of the readings was from Acts 4:32-35:

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.

With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

This passages recalls one a couple of chapters earlier in Acts (2:44-47), which reads as follows:

All who believed were together and...READ MORE

Filed under acts, acts of the apostles, benedict xvi, communism, economics, luke, pope benedict, socialism

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."