Tag Archive: Roman Catholic Church

A Catholic answer to an important question, part 2

    Catholic defenses of their doctrine of salvation typically take one of two tracks: 1) it is not works righteousness at all, or 2) “faith alone” is unscriptural and works are necessary. … Continue reading

A Catholic answer to an important question

Well, I got no takers again. No defense of Catholic doctrine in light of the inconceivably unjust scenario I presented in my previous post. That may say more about the paucity of my… Continue reading

Surely this can’t be right

It’s a Friday in Lent and Pete (not his real name, because he’s not a real person) is out to dinner with his wife at the local pub which caters to the Catholic… Continue reading

Oh, how we need a Savior

I watched “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” the other day, the fictional story of a young son of a Nazi commandant befriending a Jewish boy through the barbed wire of a death… Continue reading

Catholic questions

Question: If we must “cooperate” with God’s grace, how is that not salvation by works? I subscribe to a podcast of a radio program called Catholic Answers Live where frequently the host takes… Continue reading

Purgatory as a perennial time-out

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you… Continue reading

Dirty birds and a divine bath. Or, the presumptuousness of Purgatory

Anyone who knows me well knows I am not a bird lover. I am not even a bird liker. Birds are rude and crude…making nests in my house, using my lawn and outdoor… Continue reading

Diving for sins

I’m talking about Purgatory again…just to give you a heads-up right at the top in case the torturous flames aren’t of concern or interest to you. Some may wonder why I am spending… Continue reading

Puzzles and Purgatory

When I was younger I had a recurring dream, or more specifically a recurring element in my dreams, which was so ethereally thrilling that upon waking I would almost despair that it was… Continue reading

It’s Greek to me

If there’s one good thing I can say about the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory, it’s that at least it reflects an understanding of the holiness of God and his hatred of sin. But… Continue reading

(Almost) nobody’s perfect

My husband and I own an outdoor party center, and every three or four days during the season you can find me mowing our considerable acreage for about 2 and a half hours… Continue reading

Rebel within a cause

My father used to tell me that when I was young I was the kind that needed a special invitation. As I mentioned here, I’ve forgotten most of my childhood so I have… Continue reading

Today, you will be with me

A Catholic family member has frequently cited John 17:21 in his defense of the Catholic Church. that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you,… Continue reading

Sola Scriptura or a three-legged stool?

Common sense suggests that some sort of oral tradition was always needed to accompany the Written Law. The Catholic Church’s assumption of supreme authority in Christendom relies heavily on her contention that Christendom… Continue reading

“Jesus was a Catholic.”

This was said to me recently by a family friend…an older gentleman who was baptized Catholic but raised Protestant. You might wonder how I responded, and I’ll tell you, but what I want… Continue reading