Was Jesus UGLY?

Monday, March 12, 2012 11:22 PM Comments (32)

A high school theology teacher writes:

I had a student ask me quite blunty “was Jesus ugly?” He cited some early Fathers quoting Isaiah 53:2, and gave me several other sources that expanded on this topic as well. From what I understand and have read, the verse from Isaiah seems to (me anyways) point towards Jesus at his Passion and Death - the Suffering Servant. Am I on the right track or have you heard anything on this?

Let’s start by looking at the text in question. It is part of the fourth “Servant Song” in Isaiah, which runs from 52:13-53:12. Here’s the verse in context:

Isaiah 52:13–53:12

13 Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high....READ MORE

Filed under jesus; isaiah; prophecy; bible

Does God *HATE* Sinners? Your Web Page and Canon Law

Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:13 AM Comments (4)

Does God *HATE* sinners? If not, why does the Bible seem to say he does? Why do other passages say he loves sinners? How are we to reconcile these statements? Just how biblical is the saying “Love the sinner but hate the sin”? Who said that? And what were they talking about? Does God “hate” anything at all? What does Catholic theology say about this?

How can you use the Internet to serve God without tripping on canon law? Do you need an imprimatur from your bishop to have a blog or a web site? How about a Facebook page? What if you talk about subjects like Scripture, the liturgy, catechesis, theology, devotions, or other religious subjects? Is the Internet the new Wild West, where anything...READ MORE

Filed under god; love; hate; sin; sinners; internet; canon law

Can Catholics Be Buried in Non-Catholic Cemeteries?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:07 AM Comments (30)

A reader writes:

As a practicing Catholic, can I be buried in a non-Catholic cemetery.  No one in my family is Catholic except me and I would like to be buried with my family.

It’s a logical question, and an understandable desire.

It’s a logical question because many Catholic parishes and dioceses have cemeteries, and it would seem natural—as a Catholic—to be buried in one of these.

It’s an understandable desire to want to be buried with one’s family, where after your death your loved ones may still visit your grave, take care of it, and remember you. It’s a way of maintaining a connection with those you have left behind.

I could imagine someone saying, “Well, if your family isn’t...READ MORE

Filed under burial, canon law, cemetery, family, funeral, non-catholic

Why Did Jesus Descend into HELL? And More!

Monday, February 27, 2012 1:04 AM Comments (13)

Why does the Apostles Creed say that Jesus descended into Hell? Why would he do this? Wasn’t the Crucifixion enough? Did he have to suffer even more?

What did he do while he was “down there”? Did he preach to the dead? Which dead? Why? Do we have a second chance at salvation after death? What did the Church Fathers say about this? How about the teaching of the Church today?

Why does the Law of Moses say not to wear clothes made from two kinds of fibers? Can we wear cotton/polyesther blends? What’s the reason for this commandment? Who was bound by it? Does the commandment really forbid mixing any two types of fiber? Should we take this literally?

These are just some of the questions we...READ MORE

Filed under apostles creed, clothing, hell, jesus, jewish, jews, law of moses, old testament

Who Is the Highest Ranking Human Female in the Church?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:39 AM Comments (53)

A FB friend writes:

Totally serious with this question. With all the Dustup going on with HHS etc. and living in a “Liberal” diocese with it’s own collections of “Liberals” (or Insert Loons if you’d Like), We’ve gotten the Bishop’s Response, but where does one find the Highest Ranking HUMAN Female of the Church? I do realize who our Highest Ranking Female is, and I have prayed to her for helping me in my unbelief and confusion, but this is one of those questions when I heard it Really made me go Hmmmmmmm.

Unless someone has been baptizing female aliens, all females who are members of the Church are human females.

The highest ranking female is thus the highest ranking human female, who...READ MORE

Filed under church, contraception, female, hhs mandate, kathleen sebelius, obama, sebelius, women, women's ordination

Has the Consecration Requested by Our Lady of Fatima Been Made or Not?

Monday, February 20, 2012 1:44 AM Comments (44)

In 1929, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sr. Lucia and asked that a special consecration be performed by the pope. Much hinged on this.

Multiple popes have performed acts similar to the one requested, but has any of them fulfilled what was requested in 1929?

If any have, how do we know?

What did John Paul II think? What about others at the Holy See? What about Sr. Lucia herself?

And—for non-Catholics and others not familiar with Fatima—what is all of this about, anyway?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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Filed under consecration, fatima, mary, private revelation

Don't Be Deceived! Evil Obama Policy Now Even MORE Evil!

Friday, February 10, 2012 5:22 PM Comments (220)

Attention, Catholics, Protestants, and everyone who cares about the causes of life, religious freedom, and freedom of conscience!

Do not be suckered by the “accommodation” announced today by President Obama and spokeswoman Kathleen Sebelius!

Under the guise of making room for religious conscience, the President has actually made the policy worse—far worse.

Here’s how . . .

The new policy mandates that insurance companies offer free sterilization, contraception, and abortion-causing drugs as part of their policies. According to President Obama himself:

Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services — no matter where they work. ...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, contraception coverage, contraception mandate, freedom of conscience, healthcare, hhs, insurance, kathleen sebelius, obamacare

Spokeswoman of Evil Speaks!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 12:43 AM Comments (131)

Recently we peered into The Mind Of Evil in an attempt to understand what the Obama administration was thinking when it imposed its draconian contraception requirement.

Now we get a little more insight into the Mind of Evil from evil spokeswoman herself, Kathleen Sebelius, who writes an editorial in USA Today with the preposterous title “Contraception rule respects religion.”

Let’s see what she has to say . . .

One of the key benefits of the 2010 health care law is that many preventive services are now free for most Americans with insurance. Vaccinations for children, cancer screenings for adults and wellness visits for seniors are all now covered in most plans with no expensive co-pays...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, birth control, contraception, health and human services, health care, hhs, kathleen sebelius, mandate, obama, obama administration

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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."