Chapters & Verses? Mass Before Trent? Ordinary Marriages & Sainthood?

01/28/2012 Comments (4)

We all know about citing the Bible with chapter & verse—but where did the chapter and verse divisions come from in the first place and why are they there? Who added them, and when?

We all know about the ordinary form of Mass that arose after Vatican II and the extraordinary form that arose after the Council of Trent—but what was the Mass like before Trent? Why did they feel it needed to be changed? And why can’t we celebrate the Mass in its pre-Trent form today?

We all know that there were saints who were married, but none of them were famed for having holy, ordinary marriages. They all had unusual marriages, or they are saints because they had otherwise unusual lives. Why aren’t there...READ MORE

Filed under bible, canonization, extraordinary form, marriage, mass, ordinary forme, roman missal, saint, sainthood, saints

"We are a Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so."

01/26/2012 Comments (40)

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, recently printed a speech by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

I was a little disappointed that, in its brief introduction to the speech, it didn’t mention the Catholic alternative to the King James—the Douay-Rheims Version, which actually was finished in 1609, two years before the King James was finished in 1611—but I was fascinated to read the speech.

I’m not a fan of David Cameron, and I most vehemently disagree with some of his views, but the speech he delivered on the King James was the most remarkable political speech I’ve read since I don’t know when. There were aspects to it...READ MORE

Filed under bible, britain, david cameron, douay-rheims, england, english, great britain, king james version, president, prime minister

Bad TV Theology; Down Syndrome and 1st Communion

01/21/2012 Comments (4)

Can you watch a TV show if it has religious aspects and it doesn’t get those quite right?

Is it okay to do that for purposes of assessing how “the world’s” ideas about theology compare with the Church’s teachings? Or can you watch the program just because you enjoy it, even though it has theology in it that isn’t accurate? Can you ever reach a point where you need to just shut it off because of how bad its theology is?

What about going to movies or plays or reading novels that have bad theology?

What are the theological problems in It’s A Wonderful Life?

Is it really true that every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings?

On a much more serious note, what are the implications if...READ MORE

Filed under birth defects, communion, down syndrome, eucharist, first communion, mental retardation, movies, novels, television, theology

Revealed! The Church's Official Prayer for Sports Events!

01/19/2012 Comments (21)

He’s not Catholic, but Tim Tebow has generated a lot of controversy by publicly praying at sporting events. Even I know that, and I know nothing about sports.

Praying at sporting events has been around for a long time. I remember being incredulous when I first heard about it, years and years ago (possibly even before I was Christian). I was assuming, as do many people, that the athletes were praying for victory, asking God to take the side of their sports team, which is preposterous.

But a new light was cast on it when I learned that many of those praying were not asking for victory but that all would play well and safely, that nobody would get hurt.

As Emily Litella would say, “Well!...READ MORE

Filed under prayer, sports, tim tebow

ADL: Jews Should Not Spit at Christians

01/16/2012 Comments (68)

I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Abe Foxman of the Jewish Antidefamation League (ADL), but I want to give him his props on a recent statement issued by the ADL.

According to a press release, issued December 7th,

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to publicly denounce the repulsive decades-old practice by ultra-Orthodox Jews of spitting at Christian clergymen they encounter in the street.

“This repulsive practice is a hateful act of persecution against another faith group and a desecration of God’s name according to Jewish law,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “This display of hate and bigotry has no place in Israel and is...READ MORE

Filed under abe foxman, adl, anti-semitism, antidefamation league, jerusalem, judaism, persecution

Will They Really Fix the Offensive John Paul II Statue?

01/13/2012 Comments (20)

I’ve blogged before about the UGLY John Paul II statue outside Rome’s main train terminal.

YOU CAN READ ABOUT THAT HERE.

Now Catholic New Agency is reporting that an effort is underway to fix it:

“I made a design for the sculpture that wasn’t executed well in the foundry,” explained the creator of the artwork, Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi.

“It is not that we have come up with a new statue,” he told CNA on Jan. 10. “We’re correcting those details that weren’t executed well” so that “it will be more faithful to my original idea.”

The redesign will involve replacing the head, modifying the Pope’s cape and touching up the outer coating of paint, since the bronze has oxidized to a...READ MORE

Filed under art, john paul ii, john paul ii statue, statue

Sin & Baptism; Taxes & Abortion; Mary & Communion; Dungeons & Dragons

01/07/2012 Comments (7)

What happens if you forgot to repent of a sin before baptism? Will you still be forgiven? How can you fix the situation?

Is it okay to pay taxes knowing that the government will use some of the money to support Planned Parenthood and abortion?

Did the Virgin Mary ever receive Communion? If not, why not? If yes, why did she need to?

Is it okay to play Dungeons & Dragons? How about other role-playing games (RPGs)? What are we to make of them?

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Should Catholic Sex Abuse Documents Be Withheld from Courts?

12/29/2011 Comments (33)

David Clohessy of SNAP

That’s a very good question, isn’t it?

How many times during the course of various sex abuse news cycles have we read about lawyers using various legal maneuvers to try to keep official, confidential documents pertaining to priestly sex abuses cases out of the hands of courts?

These instances only reveal what scoundrels both the lawyers are—*and* their clients. I mean, the *only* reason to try to keep a document out of the court’s hands is if you have something to hide, and that shows that you are acting in bad faith, trying to stop justice from being done.

Consider this story on the web site of the National Catholic Reporter (*not* Register):

SNAP director may be forced to testify in...READ MORE

Filed under ann mesle, david clohessy, michael tierney, missouri, priestly sexual abuse, repressed memory, sex abuse, snap

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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."