Closed Communion

03/12/2012 Comments (43)

A reader writes:

The candidate I am sponsoring (who is coming into the Church from Protestantism) is finding the issue of intercommunion to be a real sticking point. It not only seems slightly rude to her for Catholics not to invite other Christians to come up to receive Our Lord, but—more seriously—it seems to somehow be cutting people off from God’s grace.

If a Protestant is baptized, sufficiently respectful, and at least in the general neighborhood of believing in the Real Presence, she doesn’t understand why they shouldn’t be welcome at the table of Our Lord. I think there’s also some discomfort at the idea that Catholic authorities have the right to control access to Sacraments...READ MORE

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A Reader Struggles with St. Louis de Montfort

03/09/2012 Comments (272)

A reader writes:

I’m writing with the hope that you can help me reconcile some issues I’ve had ever since I read St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. I read and enjoyed your Mary, Mother of the Son trilogy, and while I know you’re very busy I’m hopeful that my concerns are really just silliness, easily resolved by someone with your background.

Short Background: I’m a Catholic convert, who was originally an atheist—one of those really ignorant but angry atheists. I consider myself Catholic before all else, including political party or nationality. I have absolutely no problem with any of the formal Marian dogmas such as the Assumption or the Immaculate Conception. I...READ MORE

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A Chunk of Paganized Christianity…

03/07/2012 Comments (17)

...just fell in my inbox:

HERCOLUBUS, THE PLANET WHOSE ORBIT GETS CLOSER TO EARTH

There are some matters about heavenly mechanics, which are unknown to present science. One of them is that related to Hercolubus’ approach to Earth, a planet whose name comes from ancient knowledge. The fact of its approach to our solar system is not only a near fact that everybody will be able to see, but it will also result in big upheavals all over the world.

It comes to pass that in the to-and-fro of life, everything returns to its beginning or to its end. It already happened that Hercolubus, in its previous approach, put a stop to the Atlantis’ civilization. These facts, well known by personages who,...READ MORE

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A dispute about how to understand Tobit

03/05/2012 Comments (113)

A reader writes:

Hello, I read your article supporting the catholic books of the bible that the protestants do not recognize . You made some excellent points however you said something very offensive and wrong during one of your answers. I am a Roman Catholic and I take the book of Tobit literally, Tobit did exist the angel raphael did come to the rescue and defeat the demon Asmodeus and for you to say every catholic treats this has a historical novel is absolutely untrue. I talked to my priest about this and you are 100% wrong catholics may take the bible completely literally, partially literally or bare minimum literally. Even the pope agrees with me if you want to take Tobit as a...READ MORE

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Pre-Emptive War and the Protestant Semi-Permeable Membrane

03/02/2012 Comments (85)

A reader writes:

I am a long time reader and fan of yours.  The other day one of my friends posted on facebook that he couldn’t find a prohibition on pre-emptive war in Church teaching, and therefore didn’t think it was always wrong.  I went to the Catechism and did a search at Catholic Answers to try to find the teaching, and I haven’t found it yet.  I imagine it is in an encyclical or two, I was hoping you could point me in the right direction of where to find this teaching.

Some time ago I wrote piece about the Semi-Permeable Membranes of the Various Protestantisms.  The point of the piece was that there is a peculiar game played in order to maintain rejection of Catholic teaching in...READ MORE

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Church Works of Mercy and Federal Funding

02/27/2012 Comments (18)

A reader writes:

A few other converts to the Catholic faith and I read and discuss your blogs frequently, and I was hoping you could write yet another. Could you answer the question as to whether or not it is right for the state to pull funding from the Catholic Charities in Illinois based on the fact that the Catholic Bishops do not allow homosexual couples to adopt the children they protect? The article can be found here. In other words, is the state violating the First Amendment when it pulls funding for a religious group based on said group’s convictions? Also, how would you answer the objection that the First Amendment has not been violated by the state in regards to the Illinois...READ MORE

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The Church Must Embrace and Fund My Trans-Fatty Identity!

02/24/2012 Comments (48)

Sometime back I “came out” as a Jolly American (you can read about it here, here, and here) and graciously instructed the temperanormative bigots of the Catholic Church on their obligation to affirm me in my okayness or face merciless and draconian punishments to teach them tolerance.  So-called “loving” Catholics—living by the “orthodox” ethics of guilt and shame which keep people like me from being able to indulge my appetite for whatever I want, whenever I want it, in whatever quantities I want—have long denied Jolly Americans their dignity.  But no more!  We’re Out and We’re Stout and you can’t keep us in the Pantry any more!

Naturally, my courageous stand against the hierarchy and the...READ MORE

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A bit more on demons

02/22/2012 Comments (11)

After my piece on the development of the understanding of demons ran on Monday, a number of people had some interesting questions in the comboxes:

Baruch and Tobit are the only OT books that mention demons, and they are part of the Deuterocanon and are very late in OT history

Hi Mark, I realize this is sort of off-topic, but I wanted to ask you a question about Tobit. As you probably recall, I’m a Protestant, but I’m starting to take interest in the Deuterocanonicals as I’ve become aware of their history, and of how the Church Fathers accepted them as inspired.

In the case of Tobit in particular, I read on Catholic Answers that the question the Sadducees asked Jesus about a...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.