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We Should Welcome Hebrew Catholics

I always get into trouble when I start up a conversation on this topic, but the reason why I keep doing it is because I think its important. The topic is Hebrew Catholics. Within the Catholic Church there appears to be two extremes of thought.

The first extreme is the older one, which holds to the notion that when a Jew converts to Catholic Christianity, he should leave behind all that was of his Jewish heritage and ancestry. He should, in effect, forget that he was ever a Jew and just go on being a good Catholic. Any attempt to commemorate his Jewish heritage is considered "judaising" and is immediately condemned as a form of heresy -- even apostasy.

The second extreme is a newer one, but also a very old one, which holds to the notion that Catholicism must change to accommodate Jewish converts and make itself more "Jewish friendly." This usually consists of having parish-wide Passover seders and/or celebrating other Jewish customs on a parish-wide level.

I believ…

Shocking Truths for Christians

The following are shocking truths that every Christian should know. Surprisingly, many Christians are completely unaware of these things, especially in North America, and a great many Christians have no interest in learning them at all. However, they are essential to our faith as believers in Christ, and no Christian should be without knowledge of them. Read on to learn the shocking truths that every Christian should know...
Did you know the Bible says we are NOT saved by Faith Alone?

The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther (AD 1483 - 1546), made "Faith Alone" (Sola Fide), one of the "Five Solas" of Protestant theology. He even added the word "alone" to Romans 3:28, in his German translation of the Bible, thereby changing the whole meaning of the verse.
Original Greek version…
λογιζόμεθα γὰρ δικαιοῦσθαι πίστει ἄνθρωπον χωρὶς ἔργων νόμου. Common English translations...
(NIV) For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
(NRSV…

New Catholic Church in Republic Missouri

It is with great pleasure that I announce to my readers the establishment of a new Catholic Church in Republic, Missouri. Nestled deep within the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri, a new kind of Catholic Church is making its debut to the area. Saint George Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. It is currently meeting at the old Franciscan Retreat Centre on the south side of the City of Republic.

What does that mean?

This is a jurisdiction under the pope and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), established by former Anglicans who have now become Roman Catholics. Back in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI established an apostolic constitution called Anglicanorum Coetibus (meaning "Groups of Anglicans") which would create ordinariates (diocesan-like structures) allowing these converts to have their own jurisdiction under Vatican supervision. These ordinariates would overlap regular dioceses, appl…

Cartoon Christianity

You may have see them. Perhaps one was lying on a park bench, or on a public bathroom sink. Some are cleverly placed as reading material for the bathroom stall, sitting atop the toilet paper dispenser. Maybe somebody has handed one to you as a gift. Maybe you found one underneath the windshield wiper of your car after Sunday morning mass. They're actually quite common, and a surprising number of people use them.

They're called Chick Tracts, the product of Jack T. Chick Publications. The mailing address for this company is a P.O. Box in Ontario, California. Though according to an online business listing, it appears their actual office is in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Not that far away.) They have become extremely popular among Evangelical Christians as an evangelistic tool. They consist of a short cartoon story, printed in black and white, which ends with a call to repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ as one's "personal Lord and Saviour." The first tracts, …