Why Did Jesus Descend into HELL? And More!

02/27/2012 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?

02/22/2012 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?

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

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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."