Keeping Your Kids Catholic

As a trained catechist, and Catholic apologist, I'm frequently asked by Catholic parents how to keep their kids Catholic. Let me begin by saying you have to do it yourself! You can't trust Catholic schools or parish catechism programs to do it for you. We have 50 years of failed history as an example. If... Continue Reading →

Is Confession Biblical?

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned..." These words mark the beginning of the confession rite for Roman Catholics, as well as some Anglicans and Lutherans. When I was an Evangelical, I scoffed at the whole thing. "Why confess your sins to a man?" I would ask "when you can confess your sins directly to... Continue Reading →

Faith Alone?

Some years back, my daughter asked me: "Daddy, what is a Protestant?" My answer was simply this. A Protestant is a Christian who "protests" various teachings of the Catholic Church, but retains core Catholic teaching, such as the Trinity, Incarnation, and Atonement through Christ's sacrifice on the cross for example. I stopped there as the... Continue Reading →

Purgatory

The subject of purgatory is a very difficult one for Protestants to grasp, namely because in their view, it just doesn't make any sense. From the typical Protestant perspective, a person is either saved, or not saved, at the moment of death. If saved, the person's soul should go immediately to heaven, right? If not... Continue Reading →

Outside the Church there is No Salvation

If you have not already read my essay on Jesus Christ Founded the Catholic Church, you should do so first for context. The Catholic Church has always taught extra Ecclesiam nulla salus, which means: "Outside the Church, there is no salvation." Traditionally, many have taken this to mean that unless you are a signed and certified... Continue Reading →

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