Help! There’s a Mennonite in Me

2012-05-18T09:47:58-04:00May 18th, 2012|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , |

You have to understand that I have a Mennonite in me. I can't help it. He lurks there in his black hat and chin beard watching me and nodding knowingly. He's one of my ancestors. They were all Mennonites and Amish and various sorts of Pennsylvania Protestants. Go to Pennsylvania Dutch country today and see how [...]

Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters?

2012-05-16T07:30:25-04:00May 16th, 2012|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , , , , |

I was brought up as an Evangelical fundamentalist Christian and when we read the verses in the Bible that spoke of Jesus' "brothers and sisters" we concluded that they were the other children of Joseph and Mary. What I didn't know is that this idea was unheard of in the early church, and that even the [...]

Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

2012-05-11T07:30:49-04:00May 11th, 2012|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Calling Mary the "Queen of Heaven" seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be "Queen of Heaven"? Isn't that a pagan term? In fact, isn't the "Queen of Heaven" actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods and [...]

Immaculate Deception?

2012-05-04T08:57:57-04:00May 4th, 2012|Categories: Theology|Tags: , , , , , |

I had been on the path to becoming a Catholic for nearly twenty years. Coming from an Evangelical, Protestant background I had become an Anglican priest, learned to pray the rosary, understood and accepted the Catholic understanding of the Church, the sacraments and the priesthood. I spent a lot of time in Catholic Benedictine monasteries and [...]

Irish Married Priests?

2012-04-12T09:57:11-04:00April 12th, 2012|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , , , |

The Irish Independent reports that the majority of Catholics in Ireland want married priests and women priests. Why I don't understand is why they don't just nip along and become Anglicans. They will immediately have all their wishes fulfilled. There will be other benefits as well: They won't be expected to attend Mass every week. They [...]


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