Is it actually possible to become an ‘ex-Catholic’?

In the discussion of Fr Lucie-Smith’s excellent blog of a couple of weeks ago – reacting to the Benedict XVI Centre’s latest report (which you can, and really ought to, read in full here) – the question came up of whether, in the eyes of the Church, it is possible for a baptised Catholic to cease being… Continue reading Is it actually possible to become an ‘ex-Catholic’?

Pope to members of the Neocatechumenal Way: The devil cannot compete against the humble power of prayer and the Sacraments

On Friday, Pope Francis met with members of the Neocatechumenal Way at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall where he spoke to them about Christian solidarity, how to engage the world, and the ‘essential mission’ of the Church; Evangelization. Addressing them, he told them that the Church is not “an organization that seeks followers” or a… Continue reading Pope to members of the Neocatechumenal Way: The devil cannot compete against the humble power of prayer and the Sacraments

Are the graces given at baptism (or any other sacrament) made dormant when mortal sin is committed?

Full Question Are the graces given at baptism (or any other sacrament) made dormant when mortal sin is committed? Answer Before baptism, the soul is void of sanctifying grace and is unable to receive it, because it is baptism that makes the soul receptive to that grace. Here is an analogy: If you try to… Continue reading Are the graces given at baptism (or any other sacrament) made dormant when mortal sin is committed?

Baptism and the Roman Mystery Cults

In a conversation with an atheist regarding the evidence for a historical Jesus, it was suggested that I read an email exchange between the skeptical biblical scholar Bart Ehrman and Frank Zindler, former editor of American Atheist Magazine(you can download a PDF of the exchange here). In this exchange, Zindler had supposedly made an airtight case… Continue reading Baptism and the Roman Mystery Cults

May I have my child baptized in the Church if I'm not yet Catholic?

Full Question I am a candidate in the Catholic Church, and I would like to have my four-year-old daughter baptized. There may be quite a length of time between my initiation and being accepted into full communion with the Church. Am I permitted to ask this of the Church? Are there time restraints or requirements… Continue reading May I have my child baptized in the Church if I'm not yet Catholic?

Why does the Catholic Church baptize babies?

Q:  Why does the Catholic Church baptize babies?  Aren’t they too young to understand what is happening to them? A fair question.  The easiest and perhaps best answer would simply be that this was the constant Tradition or teaching of the early Church, right from the time of the Apostles. Despite this, the first objection… Continue reading Why does the Catholic Church baptize babies?

What is a baptistery? Where should it be located?

RESPONSE: “The baptistery is the area where the baptismal font flows or has been placed. It should be reserved for the sacrament of baptism and should be a place worthy for Christians to be reborn in water and the Holy Spirit.”[1] DISCUSSION: Baptism frees us from sin, makes us children of God in the likeness… Continue reading What is a baptistery? Where should it be located?