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

02/20/2012 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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Don't Be Deceived! Evil Obama Policy Now Even MORE Evil!

02/10/2012 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!

02/08/2012 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

Inside the Mind of Evil: Obama Administration's HHS Decision

02/01/2012 Comments (158)

Someone sent me this image of Facebook. It's obviously Photoshopped, but it sure conveys the feeling of the Obama administration's decision, doesn't it?

Under the headline “Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court” the LA Times is reporting:

The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees.

The dispute stems from one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law: its requirement that all health plans provide “preventive services” for free. That category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol checkups and mammograms. Starting...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, contraception, contraception coverage, contraception mandate, freedom of conscience, hhs, hhs contraception mandate, katherine sebelius, obama

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

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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 the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."