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Mary's Virginity and the Brothers of Jesus

During the last few hundred years it has become in vogue for some Protestant Christians to not only question the virginity of Mary, but to actually oppose it openly and militantly. Many traditional Protestants have gone the way of doubting the virginity of Mary altogether, relegating it to an early Christian myth. Meanwhile most of the more contemporary Evangelical Christians firmly adhere to the virginity of Mary during Christ's conception on up to his birth, but vigorously deny her virginity thereafter. This article will demonstrate why both assumptions are wrong.

The former assumption, that Mary's virginity is a myth, lacks all historical evidence. It is simply an assumption based entirely on modernist doubt.  I suppose if one wants to build one's faith on modernist doubt, have at it. In time however, it won't be long before one is questioning everything else in the gospel, then ultimately the gospel itself. Thus the progression of modernism in Christianity has alw…

Early Christians and the Ancient Church

I am constantly reminded by Evangelical Christians about their admiration for the Ancient Church and Early Christians.  In fact, the Evangelical church I once attended, and nearly became a pastor for, boasted of a style of ministry that was virtually identical to how the Early Christians believed, preached and practised. Every Sunday we began our worship jam with electric guitars and drums. The congregation would clap their hands, stomp their feet, raise their arms high in the air, and should praise and worship lyrics at the top of their lungs.  Then after a short prayer, they would all sit down and listen to a 40 minute sermon, using a New King James Protestant Bible, followed by a prayer, a few more songs, and then it was out the door and off to the nearest restaurant for lunch.  Communion was only celebrated once a month so as to "avoid ritual and idolatry."  Baptisms were only administered to adults and teens over the age of twelve.  This was a strict "Bible Alone&…

Statement on Vatican II

To make the intentions of this blog crystal clear, the blogger now makes the following statement...

I, Shane Schaetzel, fully support the Second Vatican Council.  Since my conversion to the Catholic Church, in the year 2000, I have always supported it, and I have never stopped supporting it. I believe it to have been an ecumenical council of the entire Catholic Church that was pastoral in nature, as stated by both Pope Paul VI and Pope Benedict XVI.  My own conversion to the Catholic Christian faith is a direct result of the fruit of this Council.  For it was not until AFTER I read the documents of Vatican II that I converted to Catholicism.  Of particular importance to my own conversion was the document entitled Unitatis Redintegratio - Decree on Ecumenism. I have always read Vatican II in the context of historic Church tradition, and continue to do so today, in what Pope Benedict XVI called the "hermeneutic of continuity."
I also support the reverent celebration of the Novus…

Pope Francis on Homosexuality

"Who am I to judge?" That is probably the most quoted line of the year. It came in July of 2013 from Pope Francis in a lengthy interview with a number of reporters on a plane flight back to Rome from World Youth Day in Brazil. The statement was in reference to homosexuals. Ever since then the phrase has been quoted by millions around the world, and the effect it has had on Catholics and other Christians has been staggering. Some have been elated, assuming this signals a new attitude toward homosexuals in the Catholic Church. Others have been disappointed with the assumption that the pope has forgotten Church teaching against the sin of homosexuality. So what's going on here?

The mainstream news press has been no help, often reporting the pope's words in 5 second snippets generally lacking context. Editorials and blogs have been even worse, reinterpreting the pope's words to fit their own agenda. Then we have the Traditional Catholic outlets, which use the storie…

Homeschooling

So far 2014 has been a roller coaster year for the 'Catholic In The Ozarks' blogger.  Without going into the details of the circumstances, I pulled my 10-year-old boy out of his Catholic school in January.  He is now being homeschooled by me 80% of the time, and his mom 20% of the time.  Yes, it's official, I am now a homeschooling dad.  This is something that my wife and I had considered for years. Circumstances have been pointing us more and more in that direction over the last year, and this January it became obvious that the time had come.  As for our daughter, things are still up in the air. We may bring her home next year, or the year after, but the writing is on the wall.  It will likely happen eventually.  We cannot expect our current situation to maintain itself indefinitely. We are thankful of course to everyone who has helped us get this far in the Catholic school system.

The situation my wife and I find ourselves in is actually quite common.  Most Catholic par…

Another Gospel

A good friend of mine recently forwarded an article to me.  The article was actually a sermon (homily) delivered by an Assemblies of God minister here in Springfield Missouri about six years ago.

For those of you who may not know, the Assemblies of God, at 65 million members, is the world's largest and most organised Pentecostal Protestant denomination.  Its headquarters is just a few miles away from my home, here in Springfield Missouri, in a large blue and white complex the locals affectionately refer to as the "Blue Vatican." Historically, these Pentecostals are known for "speaking in tongues" during church services, dynamic preaching from the pulpit and long altar calls, whereby parishioners walk up to the front of the chapel and publicly rededicate their lives to Jesus Christ -- often referred to as "getting saved."  The Assemblies of God is a Protestant denomination, meaning it clings to all of the historically Catholic teachings on the Trinity…