Archive for March 2010

St. Thomas Aquinas on Penance

Mar 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In 1273, the year before he died, St. Thomas Aquinas was in Naples working on the third part of his Summa Theologica. Having just completed the section on the Eucharist, he was praying in front of the crucifix on the altar, before Matins, and caught up in mystical ecstasy in the presence of Christ. Three […]



The Hidden Power of God

Mar 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The morning dawn gave way to overcast skies and as the day slowly progressed the skies became gloomier and gloomier. Just outside the city there is a darkness on the edge of town. Many different emotions fill the air. There is a buzz as people make last minute preparations for the feast that they will […]



God and I Welcome You

Mar 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Here I come around the final bend of my long journey into the Catholic Church. I could not have imagined it ten years ago. Six years ago I would have found the proposition that my wife and I would become Catholic at the Easter Vigil mass of 2010 to be incredibly absurd. But God never […]



Episode 11 – The Canon Question

Mar 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Podcast

Tom Riello interviews Tom Brown on his recent article on the issue of the canon of scripture.   How do we know which books belong in the Bible?  Who has the authority to answer such a question?  These issues are addressed in this podcast episode. Download the MP3 here.



A Theology of Tears

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Life can be and often is a valley of tears. Who can deny the realities of tragedy and senselessness, stories of children being orphaned or abused. Stories of late night phone calls informing you of to come immediately to the hospital or a visit from the authorities informing you of the loss of a loved […]



Canadian Anglicans Request Union With Rome

Mar 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Describing the apostolic constitution as a “most welcome, gracious, and generous response” to their 2007 petition, the leaders of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada have requested “that the Apostolic Constitution be implemented in Canada; that we may establish an interim Governing Council of three priests (or bishops); and that this Council be given the […]



Doug Wilson’s “Authority and Apostolic Succession”

Mar 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recently I was asked for my evaluation of Doug Wilson’s article titled “Authority and Apostolic Succession.” For the sake of any others who may be interested in a Catholic evaluation of Doug’s article, I am posting my evaluation here.



Two Rights Declare a Wrong-on Appeals to Orthodoxy

Mar 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Throughout the past year on Called to Communion, the various blog posts and full-length articles by the contributors have been met with objections of various stripes and sizes. It has been a mixture of excitement, hope, prayer, frustration, and calls for mercy for me to read many of those posts and the dialogue that has […]



Cardinal Levada: Union With Church Goal of Ecumenism

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Unity in the News

In a lengthy address delivered in Canada on March 6, Cardinal William Levada, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated that the reception of communities of Anglicans into the Catholic Church is consistent with Anglican-Catholic ecumenical dialogue because “union with the Catholic Church is the goal of ecumenism.” Read the whole […]



The Canon as its own Measure?

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

One major point of circular reasoning with Protestant thought on the identification of the canon is the concept of the canon as its own standard.  For example, the Reformers claimed that the New Testament books were obviously canonical because of their apostolic character.  But according to them where do we learn of the apostolic faith? […]