Archive for April 2011

The Open Doors to Heaven

Apr 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

My eldest son is an altar boy. His job sometimes seems mostly symbolic, but there are times when I can tell that his work for the Church is important. In an Eastern parish, we have a clear delineation separating the altar from the rest of the church building. This stock photo from my church website […]



Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!

Apr 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Easter (Pascha) homily of St. John Chrysostom



Ecclesial Consumerism, Redux

Apr 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Carl Trueman is encouraged by reports that a huge number of people have left the Catholic Church. When I saw this, I assumed that the data to which he refers shows that these Catholics had all come to embrace the Protestant doctrine of justification, which is supposed to be the sine qua non of the […]



Lawrence Feingold on Freedom of the Will

Apr 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Two days ago, Professor Lawrence Feingold of Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology and author of The Natural Desire to See God According to St. Thomas and his Interpreters gave a lecture titled “The Freedom of the Will” to the Association of Hebrew Catholics. The audio recordings of the lecture and of the following […]



Liberalism in the Catholic Church

Apr 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Catholicism is a religion of truth, not opinion. This truth is a divinely revealed truth, not simply one we make up as we go along. Be that as it may, it is no secret that the Catholic Church is beset by certain elements that reject the revealed truth of the faith. It is a spirit […]



Heaven on Earth? Conference at Regent College

Apr 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, will host a conference dedicated to the recent trend of theological or spiritual reading of Sacred Scripture. The conference will run 16-17 September 2011. Presenters include notable Protestant scholars Kevin Vanhoozer, Peter Leithart, Hans Boersma, and Iain Provan, as well as Catholic scholars Brian Daley, SJ, R. R. Reno, […]



The Man Who Showed Us Perelandra–A Short Tribute to C. S. Lewis

Apr 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

As a scholar, a writer, and a theologian, C. S. Lewis was very much a medieval man, for whom reality is full, extravagant, and sweetly ordered (neither starched nor stifling)–much like, for example, the Byzantine liturgy. Lewis came to learn, and then richly to show, that the religion of medieval man, namely, Christianity, far from […]



Anglicanorum Coetibus Conference, Roundup

Apr 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Unity in the News

At a recent conference in Calgary, Alberta, Fr. Aidan Nichols OP discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s ecumenical vision that led to the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus. Fr. Nichols also addressed the liturgical dimension of the new Constitution, which invites groups of Anglicans to corporately enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, bringing their distinctive patrimony […]



“The Trouble with Calvinism” – Catholic Answers Live Interview with David Anders

Apr 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In this interview from April 1, 2011, Catholic Answers host Patrick Coffin and I discuss the life and legacy of John Calvin. Some points of interest include Calvin’s attitude towards “denominationalism,” adultery and divorce in Calvin’s Geneva, Calvin on predestination, Calvin’s relationship to Luther and Augustine, and the theological innovations of Calvin’s successors.



Thought experiment for monergists

Apr 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Monergists, i.e. Calvinists and some Lutherans, claim that man cannot cooperate with God in salvation, because that would detract from God’s glory. I think that by God’s glory they mean something like “God appearing very impressive to everyone.” They probably mean additional though related things, like God doing whatever he wants. But let’s stick with […]