Agca: Lord, Liar, or . . . Lunatic?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:01 PM Comments (5)

Would-be papal assassin Mehmet Ali Agca has been released from prison in Turkey. (Note to World: Bad idea.)

He’s got big plans. He wants several million dollars to tell his story. He wants to visit John Paul II’s tomb. He’d like to write a book with Dan Brown. He may help hunt down Osama bin Laden. Oh, and he says he’s Christ.

According to news reports:

As Agca made his way through a media throng to check into a five star hotel after his release, the 52-year-old declared: “I proclaim the end of the world.”

“All the world will be destroyed in this century. Every human being will die in this century.

“I am not God and I am not the son of God. I am the Christ Eternal.” [SOURCE.]

And he...READ MORE

Filed under fatima, john paul ii, mehmet ali agca

"Hey, Your Worship. I'm Only Trying To Help" (Part II)

Monday, January 18, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (0)

In a previous post, I discussed how the word “worship” can cause confusion regarding whether Catholics worship saints, angels, etc.
The term “worship” originally just meant worthiness or honor, and in the old sense anytime you honored or signaled the worthiness of someone (or something), it was an act of worship.
But in contemporary English, the term “worship” has come to mean the honor due to God alone, and if you try using it any other way (without a lot of set-up), you’re going to get confusion.
So people should not get hung up about old uses of the word that they find in old books or—now—on web pages quoting old books. The term has changed its everyday meaning, and we...READ MORE

Filed under adoration, dulia, latria, mary, saints, veneration, worship

"Hey, Your Worship. I'm Only Trying To Help."

Friday, January 15, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (5)

A correspondent writes:

“I always thought it was clear Catholic Church teaching that worship is reserved for God. But now I’m having the terms latria, dulia, etc., thrown in my face and being told: ‘Hah! You Catholics worship Mary and not only that, you worship saints, too, you awful, terrible people, and you are all going to hell . . . yadda, yadda, yadda.’

I found that the original Catholic Encyclopedia states that we do worship Mary and the saints and also goes on to imply that we worship icons, statues, etc.

Could you please help me and others who are in desperate need of a method to explain Church teaching about these things?”

The basic problem is that the term “worship” has...READ MORE

Filed under dulia, latria, star wars, worship

Non-News Is Good News?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (1)

Previously in Hello World, I discussed Pope Benedict’s homily in which he pointed out that the last 200 years has seen a great deal of theological and biblical scholarship that, while it has uncovered interesting things, fundamentally misses the point.

Much of this scholarship has been devoted to a skeptical reading of the Scriptures with an intent to discredit them—for example, by arguing that they were written long after the events they record and therefore are unreliable.

Both the books of the Old Testament and the New Testament were assigned late dates to facilitate this claim, but discoveries in the last century have pushed the dates earlier than the skeptics proposed, back...READ MORE

Filed under archaeology, bible, israel, news, old testament

Hello, World!

Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (1)

I’m very excited to begin blogging for the National Catholic Register!

Some readers may be familiar with the program Catholic Answers Live, where I often answer questions about the Catholic faith—or other faiths.

I love answering questions, and I’d like to invite readers to send them in, either by this site’s functionality or by e-mailing me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I can’t promise to blog answers for all of them, but I’d like to do as many as I can.

In the meantime, let’s talk about a recent homily by Pope Benedict. He gave it December 1st at a Mass with members of the International Theological Commission (ITC)—a group of...READ MORE

Filed under gospel, pope benedict xvi, theology

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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."