Archive for February 2013

The Papacy and the Catholic Act of Faith

Feb 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

On Friday, April 22, 2005, I was sitting at my desk at Saint Louis University, trying to think of a good remaining reason not to be Catholic. I had been investigating the Catholic question intensely for over a year, and one by one I had been discovering that my objections were largely based on straw […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Renunciation of the Petrine Office

Feb 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, announced his renunciation of the Petrine office effective at the end of February, 2013. You may listen to Benedict read his announcement in Latin at the bottom of the link above. You may also find here the English translation of Cardinal Sodano’s response as seen in the video.

On the Usefulness of Tradition: A Response to Recent Objections

Feb 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I have often heard Protestants object that the Catholic concept of Tradition is practically useless. There are usually two arguments for this position. First, Tradition allegedly reduces to “whatever the Magisterium says,” in which case it is redundant. Alternately, the concept of Tradition is supposedly too vague to be serviceable. On this view, there is […]

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feb 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, when Mary and Joseph, forty days after the birth of Jesus, brought Him from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to present Him to God in the Temple in fulfillment of the law of Moses. On this day, Mary handed the Infinite One (Infinity itself) to an old […]