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Who Needs Advent? I do!

Jesus Christ is not just a memory to the Christian with living faith. He is alive in our midst and living His Life in and through His Body, the Church, of which we are members. The redemptive mission of the Lord Jesus continues until He returns. As Christians, we are invited into the heart of






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Catholicism’s incredible growth story

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Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising In many parts of the world, it’s difficult to feel optimistic about the future of the Catholic Church. Some years ago, the American Physical Society heard an alarming paper that predicted the countries






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Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism

My new book, The Protestant’s Dilemma, shows in a myriad of ways why Protestantism is implausible. We sifted through many arguments to boil the book down to the most essential. A few chapters didn’t make the cut but are still good enough to share. Here’s one of them. If Protestantism is true, There’s no way to






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The Grace to Remain Catholic

The other day, a childhood friend contacted me through Facebook. She had been raised Catholic but now does not believe in God. She knows that I am a convert to Catholicism who writes on religious subjects and wanted to know what drew me to Catholicism and how I could remain Catholic. She wasn’t arguing against






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Is Catholicism Pagan?

If few Fundamentalists know the history of their religion—which distressingly few do—even fewer have an appreciation of the history of the Catholic Church. They become easy prey for purveyors of fanciful “histories” that claim to account for the origin and advance of Catholicism. Anti-Catholics often suggest that Catholicism did not exist prior to the Edict






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A Catholic’s Story

Every time I read, in This Rock or elsewhere, the personal accounts of people who have been received into the Catholic Church after a long spiritual journey, I am touched and impressed. I know that other readers must be, too. But I have come to realize there is another story that also needs to be






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Catholic Priest and an Imam defends a protestant Pastor on trial for calling Islam “Satanic”

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Fr Patrick McCafferty, a parish priest in Crossgar, Co. Down from Northern Ireland will be joined by a prominent Muslim academic and London cleric Dr. Muhammad Al-Hussaini and Pastor Nick Park, the director of Evangelical Alliance Ireland, all in defending Pastor James McConnell at Belfast Magistrates Court from today. Pastor James McConnell, aged 80, is faced with a






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Salvation Outside the Church

“The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men” (CCC 780). While it is normatively  necessary for one to be a Catholic to be saved, there are also exceptions and the Fathers below show this. Some people say it doesn’t matter, on the






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