Posts Tagged ‘ Sacramentalism ’

Habitual Sin and the Grace of the Sacraments

Jul 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In a class at Reformed Theological Seminary I had a professor address the issue of internet pornography among seminarians. According to my professor, around fifty percent of seminary students view internet pornography on a weekly basis. I’m not sure where this stat comes from, but I do not doubt its accuracy. I appreciated my professor’s […]

St. Thomas on Sacramentalism

Mar 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Protestants often caricature the Catholic doctrine on sacramentalism as if it taught that a sacrament was something like a magic wand waved over the recipient regardless of his disposition. But this is not an accurate description of the Catholic doctrine.   In this short article, I will explain why. On this day, March 7, 1274, St. […]

The Frat Boys of Nidaros Seminary

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

From the letter Cum, sicut ex to Sigurd, Archbishop of Nidaros (a city in Norway), July 8, 1241: Since as we have learned from your report, it sometimes happens because of the scarcity of water, that infants of your lands are baptized in beer, we reply to you in the tenor of those present that, since […]

I love the Orthodox too much to be Orthodox (or How I learned to stop worrying and love the atomic bomb of Holy Orders)

Aug 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the joys and similarities which bind together the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. As tragic as our lack of full communion with one another is, there is a bond which unites us even now while our sacramental reunion is mostly a hope for the future. This bond is […]

The Apostleship of St. Paul

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

St. Paul’s Apostleship was unique because he was not part of the original twelve nor was he, like St. Matthias, ordained to fulfill a vacancy in the twelve. 1 In my recent article on Holy Orders, it may not be clear how some of the claims I made about the Apostolic office apply to St. […]

Saint Paul on the Unity of the Catholic Church (An Argument Against the Terms “Lutheran” and “Calvinist”)

Jan 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Non-Catholics (and yes, even the Eastern Orthodox) do not enjoy the ecclesial unity Saint Paul prescribed for the Church of Jesus Christ. Saint Paul is resolute in his conviction that the Church of Christ must be one. Most of his epistles specifically speak against disunity within the Church. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians seems […]

Supernatural or Natural Birth?

Nov 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I was involved in a wonderful conversation the other day with a few friends of mine, two Catholics (one of whom is a priest) and a Presbyterian (PCA). Over some good tobacco and coffee at the local cigar shop we discussed a variety of things, including Baptism. My friend, the Presbyterian, spoke about how Reformed […]


Jul 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Sacramentalism is a soteriological position according to which the Christian sacraments are intrinsically efficacious means of grace. It is primarily, though not exclusively, by means of the sacraments that the covenant-making, covenant-keeping God accomplishes his salvific purpose of uniting all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:7-10).

“Among You Stands One Whom You do not Know”

Jul 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.” (St. Luke 24:31) “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (St. John 15:18)