Catholic Mariology: Latria and Dulia

Catholic Mariology can be a contentious subject. The most serious criticism that is made of Catholic Marian piety — for example, praying traditional Marian prayers such as the ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Hail Holy Queen’, including statues and icons of Mary for use in churches and shrines, etc. — is that…

Are Catholics "Christian"?

“Are Catholics Christian?” It’s a question many evangelicals and former evangelicals are familiar with. Not all of them answer, “no”. But the question is begged in the first place because the Catholic approach to the Christian faith is sufficiently foreign to that of evangelicalism that one might justly wonder whether…

A lay Catholic responds to Church Scandals

Many Catholics much more profound than myself have already commented on one of the most obvious facts about the leadership of the Catholic Church: Catholic leaders are sometimes — perhaps often — horrible, horrible, evil men. Catholic Priests, Bishops, and even Popes have been responsible for a number of intolerable…

Scripture: A Catholic Primer

How are we to understand the Bible? I believe that this is one of the most important spiritual questions that a Christian can possibly ask. Jesus said that whoever follows him will not walk in darkness, but will have life’s light. I submit that this could not be true if…

Mary: A Catholic Invitation

“Don’t Catholics worship Mary?” The Catholic practice of venerating Mary bothers many Protestant Christians. In an intellectual climate permeated by five Solas (“Christ alone”, “glory to God alone”, etc.), the practice of intentionally focusing honor, attention, and praise to anyone other than God seems tantamount to idolatry. Some would argue…

Preaching Gospel to Yourself: A Catholic Perspective

What is the gospel? Entire Christian communities have been divided over this question. It would be impossible to adequately express an answer in one blog post; possibly a series of long, scholarly works, like St Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae or Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, would ultimately fall short. However, the…

Mary and the Pope: A Reply to C. S. Lewis (Part I)

C. S. Lewis is undoutedly one of the most important Christian authors of the previous century. His writings are able to reach a remarkably wide audience, transcending ancient divisions that exist between Christians. As a recent convert to Catholic Christianity from evangelical Protestantism, my thoughts about the Anglican Protestant C.…

Why Catholic? My Journey to Rome

On January 4, 1994, two small babes were born in Colorado to some of the kindest, most loving parents a child could wish for. Their parents were very devout Evangelical Christians, praying and reading the Bible daily with all eight of the their children, and instilling within them a love…

Limbo: An Eschatological 'Middle Way'

The development of Christian eschatology — ‘Last Things’, like death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell — has led to exquisite literature, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy. The comedy is a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. But how much can Christians claim to know about the last things? In recent years, the…

John Paul II and St Thomas on the Value of Wisdom

I recently finished reading Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio. Therein, the recent pontiff outlined some contemporary problems for a Christian understanding of the relationship between theology and philosophy (including science). Among the challenges for the Christian community today, the Pope cited fideism, which he defined as the…

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