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Signs and Ceremonies: Sacrifice

The following is from pages 145-152 of Teaching Truths by Signs and Ceremonies or The Church, Its Rites and Services Explained for the People by Rev. Jas. L. Meagher (1882, New York: Russel Brothers). Previous exerpts can be found here: Signs and Ceremonies The Real Presence The Incarnation The Virgin Mary The Redemption "The Mass […]

Do You Believe in Jesus?

I keep a folder of potential blogging material. I recently pulled out the following post I found in a Usenet newsgroup I used to read. It was also cross-posted here. Suppose a group of people walk up to you on the street and one of them introduces himself as John, the son of God? Those […]

Consummatum Est: Eucharist As Marital Act

When a man and woman marry each other in the Church, they are not joined sacramentally until the marriage is consummated, that is, until they partake of sexual intercourse. Most people think of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony as only being administered once. I believe they are mistaken. The sacrament is enacted every time a […]

The Trilemma: Useless

The so-called trilemma is a popular evangelism and apologetics crutch. As Josh McDowell puts, Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. The originator of the idea, C.S. Lewis, put it this way in Mere Christianity: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: […]

Theological Triage

This National Catholic Reporter opinion piece really got me hot under the collar. Here’s how CathNews sums it up: The recent Vatican censure of US Jesuit theologian Roger Haight for his attempt to reformulate doctrines about Christ for a postmodern world highlights a disturbing theme of John Paul II’s pontificate. Instead of the ban on […]