Category: Catholic Doctrine

Five facts that will make you a more effective apologist

Most of us don’t have time to study the Bible. We’re busy raising families and keeping our jobs. Even if we did have the time, most of us are not highly inclined to do those things. Its too much like work, boring through that ancient tome and trying to learn and understand its lessons which are not often explicit. Its pretty hard. Right? 
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Works of righteousness, what are they?

the Catholic Church teaches that we are not literally saved by our faith and works. Our faith and works, combined, do not amount to the value of the gift of eternal life which Jesus died upon the Cross to bestow upon us. Nor can we, by our own physical effort, wash our souls of sins. 
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Provide evidence from Scripture

I asked:
“Is there evidence of her sinfulness? Is there any evidence at all, in Scripture, that Mary committed any sin? Please provide chapter and verse so that we may discuss it.
Please provide the verses which you think deny her perpetual virginity. Chapter and verse.

Curious Presbyterian responded:
Demanding proof of negatives

Negatives. Before I continue I want to make sure to note that you just admitted that there is no evidence in Scripture that Mary committed any sin nor any evidence in Scripture which denies Mary’s perpetual virginity.

Demanding proof of negatives is a logical fallacy.

I’m not demanding proof of negatives. I’m asking you to provide positive evidence to support your contentions. Protestants claim they don’t believe anything which is not explicitly in Scripture. Well, where does Scripture say that Mary sinned and that Mary was not perpetually a virgin? Provide your positive proof.

We don’t concoct a bunch of beliefs and then demand that others show where the Bible denies them.

But you concoct a bunch of beliefs and claim that they are in Scripture and they are not. In fact, they contradict Scripture. Here’s an example. Where does Scripture say to hold Scripture alone? Have you folks not read in Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 2:15
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Let’s see: Mary had two heads. Can you prove me wrong by showing me where scripture denies it? “Chapter and verse.” Thought not . . .

I’m not the one who believes in Scripture alone. I believe in Scripture and Tradition as taught by the Magisterium. And the Magisterium always depicts a one headed Mary.

her assumption into Heaven

We see in Scripture (Rev 12:1) where a Woman who gave birth to the Messiah is found bodily in heaven. Since Mary is the mother of the Messiah, Jesus, we conclude that the Woman depicted in Rev 12 is symbolically teaches that Mary the mother of Jesus Christ is in heaven.  Do you have any proof, from Scripture, to the contrary?

Thought not . . .

Because you didn’t think it through. I’m not Protestant. I’m Catholic. I believe the Church who wrote the Scriptures. Anything that the Scriptures do not mention directly, I can find in the teachings of the Church. Have you ever seen a statue of Mary with two heads?

What Scripture does not say

There’s an interesting discussion going on in the comments to the Paradigm article. Thanks to all who are participating there. The idea that is surfacing is that Protestants make up doctrine according to what they claim, “Scripture does not say”.
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How Do You Make Your Calling Sure – by Faith Alone, or by Faith and Works?

What does it mean to make one’s calling and election sure? St. Peter uses this phrase, “make your calling and election sure” in his 2nd epistle. He says: 2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Why We’re Contraception-Free

Newly engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

It was nighttime and we were at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France when I knelt down on one knee, pulled out the ring box, and asked Krista if she would do me the honor of marrying me. The reply: “Yes with all my heart!….But there was one thing that neither of us considered in the least bit: children.  And why would we have? We were just wanting to get married, not start a family. Read more