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Reading the Bible in Protestantism and Catholicism

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Louis Bouyer is one of the best resources for understanding the theological and devotional genius and goodness of Protestantism from a Catholic perspective. I was re-reading one of his books this morning and came across the following:



To Enter the Sanctuary by the Blood of Jesus: A Literal Account of Becoming Catholic

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Articles

What follows is the story of how I became a Catholic, as best as I can remember it. I have called this a “literal account” in order to distinguish it from a more ambiguous and allusive telling of the tale that was offered here several years ago as “The Last Road.” In neither version do […]



Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology: A Catholic Perspective on a Debated Point

Jun 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In theologically conversant Evangelical circles, it is (or used to be) common knowledge that one of the most basic conflicts between Dispensational theologians and Covenant theologians is that they give different answers to the question, “What is the most fundamental purpose of God’s dealings with the world, as revealed in Scripture?” The classical Dispensationalist answer […]



The Life of Prayer

May 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Several weeks ago, I spoke to the RCIA class at St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC) on the topic of prayer as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. My focus was on the prayers of Sacred Scripture, and how these form the bedrock of the traditional prayer life of the Church. […]



Catholic Life and Devotion

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

On the Index page of Called to Communion, there is a section entitled “Catholic Life and Devotion.” This section features reflections on life in the Catholic Church based upon CTC contributors’ growing experiences as members of the Church in full communion. There are three reasons for calling attention to this section of our website: First, as […]



Pope Francis, Atheists, and the Evangelical Spirit

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Some interest has been generated in online news media by Pope Francis’s recent homily in which he affirmed that atheists can accomplish some good in the created order, which provides a “meeting place” for them and religious believers. The Pope went on to say that atheists have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. I immediately took this […]



Apostolic Succession and Historical Inquiry: Some Preliminary Remarks

May 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Included in the May 2013 issue of First Things is Ephraim Radner’s review of Candida Moss’s book, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom (HarperOne). I found Moss’s arguments against the historicity of early Christian martyrologies to be particularly familiar and interesting in the light of some recent discussion over at Jason […]



Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Attend Pope Francis’s Inaugural Mass

Mar 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Unity in the News

As reported by AsiaNews.it: The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I will attend Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass. The Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office informed AsiaNews about the decision, noting that this is the first time such an event occurs since the Catholic-Orthodox split in 1054, an important sign for Christian unity. The ecumenical patriarch will be accompanied by […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013: Day One, “Walking in Conversation”

Jan 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, January 18, marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has posted a web-page featuring some material for the week, including an ecumenical worship service, daily themes, Bible readings, reflections, and prayers. The over-arching theme for the week is the question, “What does God require of […]



Searching for the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The name alone is startling, and what makes it worse, the doctrine itself can seem severely abstract. Contrast this with the mysteries of the Rosary like the Visitation, the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Coronation; I have long seen and loved Mary in each of these […]