What did Jesus mean when he said not to judge others? (10 things to know and share)

Thursday, August 08, 2013 10:09 PM Comments (336)

What did Jesus mean when he said not to judge others? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

Jesus famously said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

Today, some people use this to shut down conversations when the subject turns to sexual morality.

“Didn’t Jesus say not to judge others?” they ask. “Who are you to judge?”

Did Jesus mean his words to be used this way?

If not, what did he mean?

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .


1) Not a cover for immoral behavior in general

It’s clear that Jesus did not intend his words to be used as a cover for immoral behavior.

He did not mean them to be used as a conversation stopper to shut down attempts to admonish people engaged in immoral behavior.

In fact, Jesus himself did rather a lot of admonishing regarding...READ MORE

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What was the strangest event in Jesus' life? (10 things you need to know)

Sunday, August 04, 2013 1:58 PM Comments (19)

Jesus appeared to three of his disciples in the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. What was happening here? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know!

A good candidate for the strangest event of Jesus life is one recorded in three of the four gospels.

On this occasion, which is found in Tuesday's gospel reading, Jesus took three of the disciples up on a high mountain.

While they were there, his clothes became dazzlingly white, Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were engulfed in a cloud and heard a heavenly Voice.

This event, known as the Transfiguration, is mysterious and hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean?

Here are 10 things you need to know.



1. What does the word "transfiguration" mean?

The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans- ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). It...READ MORE

Filed under gospels, luke, mt. tabor, transfiguration

7 things you need to know about what Pope Francis said about gays

Monday, July 29, 2013 10:45 AM Comments (588)

Has Pope Francis taken a dramatic new tone on homosexuality? Has he broken with former Pope Benedict's approach? Here are 7 things you need to know . . .

The press is buzzing right now with claims that Pope Francis has taken a sharply different line than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on the subject of homosexuality.

Some are suggesting that the new pope has announced that "gay is okay."

What did Pope Francis really say, and how unusual is it?

Here are 7 things to know and share . . . 


1) Where did Pope Francis make these remarks?

He made them during an 80-minute interview with reporters aboard the plane returning from World Youth Day in Brazil.


2) What was he asked that led to the remarks?

We may not know exactly what the question was until a transcript is released, but apparently, he was asked about the reputed...READ MORE

Filed under benedict, francis, gay, gay lobby, homosexual, homosexuality, pope benedict, pope francis

14 things you need to know about the new book Zealot

Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:13 PM Comments (178)

What should you make of the new book Zealot? Here are 14 things to know and share.

There’s a new best-seller out there which claims to give us “the real story” on Jesus.

It’s called Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is one in a long line of books challenging the portrait of Jesus given in the gospels.

The author is giving interviews in the major media, promoting his book, and people are asking questions about it and how to respond.

Here are 14 things to know and share . . .


1) What is Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth?

It is a book authored by Reza Aslan and published by Random House in July of 2013.

With the power of the Random House marketing machine behind it, the book quickly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, bible, historial jesus, jesus, jesus seminar, question for the historical jesus, reza aslan, zealot

12 to know and share about the World Youth Day indulgences

Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:27 PM Comments (5)

Here are 12 things to know and share about the World Youth Day indulgences

The Holy See has announced special indulgences for World Youth Day.

Predictably, the press has totally misreported the issue.

So what’s the truth of the matter?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What is an indulgence?

According to the official definition:

An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned, which the follower of Christ with the proper dispositions and under certain determined conditions acquires through the intervention of the Church which, as minister of the Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic penitentiary, indulgence, indulgences, penance, pope francis, world youth day

Please Pray for Thomas Peters and His Family

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:29 PM Comments (148)

Thomas Peters (American Papist/CatholicVote/National Organization for Marriage) has been severely injured and is in need of your prayers.

According to his father, canonist Edward Peters (via Facebook):

Thomas Peters was seriously hurt in a swimming accident Tuesday evening. He fractured his 5th cervical vert. and is at Univ. Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). Natalie Zmuda Peters is there, and the moms Angela & Becky Z flew out a couple hours ago. He moved an arm on command and is undergoing more tests. He has responded pretty well to the immediate steps taken for him so far. I will stay in touch here. Your prayers and well wishes are deeply appreciated.


Thom can move...READ MORE

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Paradoxical symbols in the Book of Revelation (7 things to know and share!)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:01 PM Comments (11)

The book of Revelation depicts Jesus with a sword issuing from his mouth. What does this mean? And what should we make of the other paradoxical symbols in Revelation?

Revelation contains many symbols. Some of them are easy to understand, some are hard, and some are just paradoxical.

Ironically, the paradoxical ones can be particularly easy to figure out.

Here’s what you should know . . .


1. What Is a Paradoxical Symbol?

A paradoxical symbol, as I am using the term, is one in which Revelation symbolizes something in a surprising and--at first glance--contradictory way. It involves a reversal of expectations.

These symbols often involve two statements, the first of which sets up certain expectations on the part of the reader and the second which reverses these expectations.

You can see them as a pair of two, seemingly contrary symbols...READ MORE

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Are We Re-Crucifying Jesus in the Mass?

Monday, July 08, 2013 10:33 PM Comments (27)

Are We Re-Crucifying Christ at every Mass?

Anti-Catholics often charge that Catholics “re-crucify” Jesus through the sacrifice of the Mass.

If we were, that would be a problem, because the Bible repeatedly indicates that Jesus suffered and died “once for all.”

What’s really going on here?

How should we understand the relationship of the Mass to the sacrifice of the Cross?


Question from a Reader

Some time ago, I got the following question from a reader:

You know the way non-Catholics always say we are re-doing the crucifixion at every Mass.

I want to say, “No, we’re re-doing the Last Supper (as He said to do).”

At the Last Supper, Christ is pre-presenting the Calvary sacrifice, so if they could participate in it...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholicism, apologetics, crucifixion, eucharist, liturgy, mass, sacrifice

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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."