An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Your Holiness, I entered the Catholic Church in the year 2000 as an Evangelical convert through Anglicanism, and I come from a family line of Protestants that stretches back 500 years to the days of Martin Luther and Henry VIII. Words cannot describe the joy I felt on the Easter Vigil of 2000, upon being... Continue Reading →

What I Haven’t Told You Yet

In a previous essay I relayed the personal difficulty the 2002 homosexual-abuse and paedophilia scandal brought upon my wife and I just a few years after our conversion to the Catholic Church. We nearly lost our Catholic faith over it, but we managed to survive. Others weren't so lucky. Here in the Bible Belt, I hear... Continue Reading →

The Heresy of “Don’t Judge”

It's a popular narrative from the eighth chapter of John's gospel (John 8:1-11). A woman is caught in the very act of adultery. She is dragged before Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees, so as to put Jesus to a test. They wanted to see what he would do with her. The Torah (Law of... Continue Reading →

Inculturation — What It Is and Isn’t

In sharing the Gospel with the world, the Catholic Church has adopted a process called inculturation. This can basically be summed up as follows. The teachings of Christ have a central doctrinal core, which is based in Mosaic Judaism, but redefined according to Christ and his Apostles. Some things are essential and cannot be changed.... Continue Reading →

Welcoming Hebrew Catholics

I always get into trouble when I start up a topic like this, but the reason why I keep doing it is because I think its important. The topic is Hebrew Catholicism. Within the Catholic Church there appears to be two extremes of thought. The first extreme is the older one, which holds to the... Continue Reading →

Schism in the Catholic Church

While the title of this essay may be controversial, I think it reflects a certain reality currently unfolding before our eyes. I am not writing to "declare" a schism. I have no authority to do so, nor do I need to. The schism has already been declared by the words and actions of many others.... Continue Reading →

Rebirth of the Russian Empire

Throughout the 1990s, South Ossetians aggressively pushed for independence from the Republic of Georgia, ultimately seeking reunification with North Ossetia in Russia. Then on 12 November 2006, South Ossetia held a referendum which resulted in an overwhelming "yes" vote for independence from Georgia. In response both the Republic of Georgia, and the international community in... Continue Reading →

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