30 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Ignore the parish schedule and serve people, Pope tells deacons

The Pope was speaking at a Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square on Sunday Deacons are called to be servants who set aside their own self-servin…

Read more

03 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

Was Father wrong to deny baptism to my grandchild?

Full Question My son and his wife asked a priest if they could get their infant baptized. The priest said that as they are not active members of the parish, it…

Read more

02 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (1)

Apostle Creed: Did Christ actually descend to this hell of eternal damnation, or is this another sense in which the…

RESPONSE: The English word “hell" describes two different places in the Bible. The first, referred to in the Apostle’s Creed, is “Hades" (Rev. 20:14) or “abode …

Read more

16 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

Who is the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15: Eve or Mary?

Full Question I've heard it said that the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15 is Eve, not Mary. What does the Church teach? Answer Pope Pius IX, in…

Read more

15 Jul 2016 News Comments (18)

Stunning photo shows soul leaving the body

A truck driver captured a picture of a fatal motorcycle crash on Tuesday. When he shared the picture on Facebook, something surprising happened. The image went …

Read more

31 Dec 2015 Middle East News No comments

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate declares ISIS persecution of Christians 'Genocide'

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that ISIS violence against Iraqi - Syrian Christians, and other…

Read more

29 Jul 2016 Europe News USA Vatican Comments (2)

Pope Francis asks, where is God amid terrorism?

Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber vis…

Read more

10 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (4)

If God exists, then wouldn't he be constantly creating? Wouldn't there have to be an initial creation that proved his…

Full Question If with God there is no beginning and no end, and if God is love, then he must be in constant creation. If this is true, there would be unive…

Read more

20 Jul 2016 News No comments

Churches swept up in Pokemon Go craze

In its first week, the mobile phone game attracted nearly 21 million users Since its release in the United States on July 6, Pokemon Go has quickly become a …

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Cardinal Newman said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Why don’t more Protestant historians become Catholic?

Full Question

John Henry Cardinal Newman once said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” If that is the case, why are there so many Protestant church historians, even patristics scholars, who never join the Catholic Church?


Newman’s maxim is not intended to be a “rule” that those Protestants versed in Church history “must” enter the Catholic Church. It is a general observation that Church history argues against Protestantism and that those Protestants who study history deeply many times realize that the Catholic Church is the true Church.

Ultimately, belief in the truth of Catholicism is a gift of faith given by God that must be accepted and acted upon by the recipient in order for the recipient to become Catholic. With Protestant historians, it may be that some, for whatever reason of divine Providence, were not given that gift; or that those who were given that gift did not accept it or act upon it for some reason. We must commend such people to God’s mercy, trusting that if these individuals follow him to the best of their ability according to the light of truth that they have, it may be possible for them to achieve salvation (cf. Lumen Gentium, 16).

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories