Archive for February 2011

John Calvin on Implicit Faith

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recent discussions at Called to Communion, though admittedly polemical, have focused attention on an important commonality between Catholic and Reformed Christians.  We both share a deference for a historical and creedal understanding of the faith, and a suspicion of mere private theological opinion. In that spirit, I would like to draw attention to a seldom […]

Anglo-Lutherans to Enter Catholic Church

Feb 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Read the whole story here.

Some Preliminary Reflections on Mathison’s Dialectic

Feb 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

I. About a decade ago, Keith Mathison wrote a book called The Shape of Sola Scriptura. In this book he specified a distinction between Solo Scriptura: The Bible is the Christian’s only authority, and Sola Scriptura: The Bible is the Christian’s only infallible authority; however, the Church, the true bishops, the regula fidei, possess real […]

Spanish Catholics & Anglicans Issue Joint Statement on Baptism

Feb 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Unity in the News

MADRID, Spain, FEB. 23, 2011 ( Anglicans and Catholics in Spain have made official a mutual recognition of the validity of baptism in both confessions. Bishop Adolfo González Montes of Almeria, president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference’s ecumenical relations department, and Episcopal Bishop Carlos López Lozano signed Tuesday a joint declaration on baptism. Read the […]

The Chair of St. Peter

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today in the liturgical calendar we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. According to an ancient tradition, February 22 was the day Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, and gave to him the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt. 16:19) The Catholic Encyclopedia article on the chair of St. […]

Mathison’s Reply to Cross and Judisch: A Largely Philosophical Critique

Feb 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

This is a guest post by Michael Liccione, who is well known to regular readers of Called To Communion. Michael earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in philosophy and religion at Columbia University. He has taught at a number of institutions, including UPenn, St. Francis College, the Catholic […]

One is Holy, One is Lord

Feb 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The principle of lex orandi, lex credendi (which can be translated as “the law of praying is the law of believing”) has an immediate appeal to almost all Christians. It is easy to see that how we relate to God in prayer is a mirror-like reflection of our beliefs, and we sense intuitively that our […]

Keith Mathison’s Reply

Feb 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In November of 2009, Neal Judisch and I posted an article titled “Solo Scriptura, Sola Scriptura, and the Question of Interpretive Authority.” The article provoked a good deal of discussion, the comments now number over 1,200. Our article was a reply to Keith Mathison’s book The Shape of Sola Scripura, and focused on the distinction […]

Archbishop Hilarion on Christian Unity

Feb 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Unity in the News

There’s been encouraging — sometimes tantalizing — news in recent years about the growing potential for Catholic-Orthodox unification. Pope Benedict XVI is said to be viewed more favorably by the Orthodox than his predecessor. The Catholic Archbishop of Moscow exclaimed in 2009 that unity with the Orthodox could be achieved “within months.” And the North […]

Son of a tu quoque

Feb 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Okay, the penny finally dropped. I kept coming across the observation that the Catholic Church has not an infallible list of infallible doctrines. [1] At first, this observation concerning the lack of an infallibly taught, exhaustive list of infallibles (which list is just one among the infinite number of non-existent infallible things) seemed to me to […]