Proposals & Defenses of the Catholic Faith

Refuting The Myth of the “Invisible Church”
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Refuting The Myth of the “Invisible Church”

After they rejected the hierarchical Catholic Church, one of the early tasks of the protestant reformulators was to redefine what Church is; more precisely, to define the visible nature of the New Covenant community of God’s chosen people.

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Opportunities to Share the Faith: A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist
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Opportunities to Share the Faith: A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist

This is a continuation of my Opportunities to Share the Faith series over at Catholic Lane. This is contemporary Catholic Apologetics, by which we share the faith in light of the Apostolic truth and the Mass; rather than post-Trent Apologetics where we share in the faith in dim light of Protestantism. I hope you enjoy!

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Opportunities to Share the Faith: Infant Baptism or “Baby Dedication”?
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Opportunities to Share the Faith: Infant Baptism or “Baby Dedication”?

A great opportunity to share the Catholic faith with Protestants is when they bring up the ceremony that they call ‘Baby Dedication’. – See more at: http://catholiclane.com/opportunities-to-share-the-faith-infant-baptism-or-baby-dedication/#sthash.egV4e8Ib.dpuf

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Does Your Belief On Communion Line Up With The Early Church’s Belief?
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Does Your Belief On Communion Line Up With The Early Church’s Belief?

This brief article is going to look at what the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of th Holy Eucharist (also called Communion meal) and compare it to what the Fathers of the Church taught and wrote on this subject, to demonstrate the consistency of our doctrine.

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Does Your Belief On Baptism Line Up With The Early Church’s Belief?
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Does Your Belief On Baptism Line Up With The Early Church’s Belief?

This brief article is going to look at what the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Baptism and compare it to what the Fathers of the Church taught and wrote on this subject, to demonstrate the consistency of our doctrine.

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Iconic Monstrance, Our Lady of The Sign - Ark of Mercy at St. Stanislaus of Kostka Church, Chicago, on June 13.  (Catholic New World/ Karen Callaway)
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Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve

The Ark of the Old Covenant contained the Decalogue (which is the Law/Word), a Pot of Manna (which was the bread from Heaven that sustained the life of the Hebrews during the Exodus), and Aaron’s Rod (which budded and convicted those who were grumbling against Moses). The Ark of the New Covenant, who is the Virgin Mary, contained Jesus (the Word of God and the Bread of Life – the new Manna from Heaven), and the Holy Spirit (which is Truth that convicts us).

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The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession (Pentecost Reflection)
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The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession (Pentecost Reflection)

The Sacrament of Catholic Penance & Reconciliation (Confession, as it is called) is not so strange once you fully consider it. In the Old Covenant God reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of priests, and in the New Covenant God, once and for all, reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, the High Priest. Yet, in spite of that, man continues to sin; therefore man needs constant forgiveness. This is why Jesus gave His New Covenant priests the authority to forgive or to retain sins in His name.

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In Romans, St. Paul Quoted & Themed Heavily from the Book of Wisdom
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In Romans, St. Paul Quoted & Themed Heavily from the Book of Wisdom

The reason why St. Paul did quote and use themes from the book of Wisdom in his Letter to the Romans is because it is a book that they would have been very familiar with.

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How the Ascension of Lord and the Holy Eucharist are Dependent on Each Other
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How the Ascension of Lord and the Holy Eucharist are Dependent on Each Other

The Ascension of our Lord into Heaven is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. My favorite thing about Ascension of our Jesus into Heaven is that it is the fullment of a very interesting statement He made in the Sixth Chapter of John’s Gospel.

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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #6: It Has Been Proven to Work
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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #6: It Has Been Proven to Work

This last of my Six Proofs of the Catholic Church is the most succinct and shortest of them all. Simply put, the Catholic Church works; it was created by God to facilitate that unique union between God and man, and that is precisely what it has done since the resurrection of Christ the Lord.

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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #5: It all Stands or Falls on John 6
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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #5: It all Stands or Falls on John 6

Now in the second Theological Proof that the Catholic Church is the only community of Churches that Christ Jesus established through His Apostles I revisit the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist with another excerpt from the Eighth Chapter of my Book Cooperating with God: Life with the Cross where I treat the Sixth Chapter of John’s Gospel. Where your a Catholic or a Protestant depends solely on your interpretation of this chapter.

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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #4 : The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the New Covenant Seder/Passover Meal
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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #4 : The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the New Covenant Seder/Passover Meal

By borrowing some paragraphs from my book Cooperating with God: The Life with the Cross (Chapter Eight), in Part 4 (below) I will demonstrate why we must still celebrate the Passover Meal that God commanded us to always do (Exodus 12) and how the Sacrament of the Eucharist, as celebrated only in the Catholic Church, is Christ Jesus’ fulfillment of the Old Covenant Passover.

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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #3 : Time Travel, Guys Named Peter, and Folks who Wanna Be Starting Something
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Proofs of the Catholic Church – #3 : Time Travel, Guys Named Peter, and Folks who Wanna Be Starting Something

I challenge anyone to prove the name of the founder of the Catholic Church other than Christ Jesus. There being none, the questions that follows is, ‘Why belong to a Church that was started by some man or woman that was not an Apostle of Christ Jesus?’

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