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Aren’t We Saved by Faith Alone?

OBJECTOR: The other day I was reading the book of Galatians, and it struck me how much emphasis Paul places on faith as the means of salvation. Then I asked myself how Catholics can believe in justification by works. If the Catholic Church really believes the Bible, as it claims, how can it continue to teach






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Are Catholics Wrong About John 6? Part II

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HERE’S HOW TO RESPOND to two arguments that Protestants commonly turn to in order to disprove the Catholic understanding of John 6. They are: (1) the argument from “The flesh is of no avail” and “My words are spirit and life” and (2) the “door” and the “vine” argument. In my previous article of this two-part






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Are Catholics Wrong About John 6? Part I

JESUS’ BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE  in John 6 is to a Catholic what a hammer is to Thor. Pretty much every Catholic who has been pinned down by an objection in a debate with a Protestant has pulled out John 6 to gain the upper hand. “Oh, yeah?” the Catholic says trying to gain some ground. “What






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Should we hold our hands up while praying at Mass?

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Full Question In my parish many people at Mass hold their hands up while praying, like the priest does. I heard that this is an ancient posture of prayer and that it is good to pray this way. Is this true? Answer One can pray in whatever posture one feels is most conducive to prayer






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The Ten Most Common Liturgical Abuses

Before Vatican II there weren’t any surprises when it came to the Mass. Now in many parts of the United States you’ll find priests improvising as they go along. Even archbishops issue pastoral letters directing things at odds with liturgical regulations. As Pope John Paul II noted in a 1998 ad limina address to the American bishops






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Dogma Means Unity, not Division

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Theology and apologetics are fascinating subjects of study. Theology is known as a “queen of sciences,” and, some add, “all the other sciences are her handmaidens.” St. Ignatius of Loyola, who studied for more than ten years in different classrooms, surveying disciplines from literature and art to grammar and mathematics, said that all other studies






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Meet the woman who helped revive Catholic art after the Reformation

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Baroque Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi is hailed as a ‘feminist icon’ based on her portrayal of the female ‘hero,’ who through violence enacts symbolic revenge against men, and her supposed defiance of Counter-Reformation taboos. But the artist should actually be remembered for the significant role she played in supporting the Catholic revival of art in






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Want to get close to your (Heavenly) Mother? Check out this book.

For Catholics, it’s fairly par for the course to be questioned by non-Catholics about the Blessed Virgin Mary at some point. And that’s probably because the Catholic Church has a lot to say about her. Church teaching holds that Mary was conceived without sin, that she maintains perpetual virginity, that she conceived by the Holy






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My dream for my kids: celibacy

As a husband and father of two, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren Few passages in Holy Writ ring true like St Paul’s lines in 1 Corinthians about not being able to get a proper look at our own reflections. When I was a teenager, I told anyone who would listen that my






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The graves of the first African slaves

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Archaeologists have identified the origins of some of the first slaves brought to the Americas. Researchers used DNA to confirm their findings. Archaeologists researching slavery in the Americas have unearthed what may be the graves of the first slaves imported from Africa. Excavating a site in the Canary Islands, the archaeologists discovered some of the






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