The following articles are related to the topic of CATHOLIC

Is It Okay to Lie Sometimes?

Bertrand Conway was a Catholic priest affiliated with the Paulist Fathers.In 1903 he wrote a book titled The Question Box (revised 1929), published by the Catholic Truth Society of San Francisco. It received the Imprimatur (official seal of endorsement) of Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of New York. The book became a very popular volume, selling in the millions. I have ... read more »

The Alleged Perpetual Virginity of Mary

A few months ago, the world was stunned by the report of a limestone ossuary (bone box), discovered in Jerusalem, bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."A number of prominent scholars believe this box once contained the bones of James, half-brother of Jesus, who is so prominently mentioned in the New Testament (cf. Mt. 13:55-56; Acts 15:13ff; ... read more »

Do the Events at Cana Justify the Worship of Mary?

"In John 2, at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary asked Jesus for a favor and he complied. Does that not show her power over him and hence justify the praise and worship of her?" Such a conclusion is a vast "stretch," far beyond the bounds of both scripture and logic. Let us give consideration to the following factors. Mary ... read more »

Did Mary, Jesus’ Mother, Ever Sin?

"A friend of mine teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, never committed a sin. Would you comment on this?" The Catholic Church teaches two errors with reference to Mary's alleged sinlessness: - It argues that the mother of Jesus was conceived "immaculately," i.e., she did not inherit, as others supposedly do, the guilt of Adam's "original sin." - The ... read more »

Is All Remarriage After Divorce Condemned?

There are numerous diverse views in the world of "Christendom" regarding the matter of divorce and remarriage. One novel idea is that the New Testament allows no cause for divorce and remarriage. This is the position of the Roman Catholic Church. A valid Christian marriage, if consummated, cannot be dissolved (as to the bond) by any human power or for ... read more »

The Papacy and Mark’s Significant Omission

About six months before his death, Jesus was in northern Palestine, in the area of Caesarea Philippi. It was at this time that a conversation of some renown, between Christ and his disciples, took place. Matthew's version of the narrative is as follows: "Who do men say the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; ... read more »

Is the Apocrypha Inspired of God?

In the ever urgent work of winning souls for Christ, the Christian occasionally will encounter members of the Roman Catholic Church who note, with perhaps some degree of pride, that their version of the Bible contains more books than standard translations used by non-Catholics. More often than not, the average Christian is at a loss to explain why there are ... read more »

Lessons from the Catacombs of Rome

The term "catacomb" derives from a compound Greek term with the components kata (down) and kymbe (hollow). The word is used of that vast network of tombs beneath the city of Rome (and at other places as well) where ancient Christians buried their dead-and even met for worship during times of severe persecution. It has been estimated that this maze ... read more »

LaGard Smith’s New Book: ‘After Life’

LaGard Smith believes there must be a "radical" correction in the teaching of most Christians today (see Radical Restoration, Cotswold, 2001).His ongoing quest to achieve that goal is pursued in his latest book, After Life. Therein he challenges what he calls the "orthodox understandings" pertaining to death and eternity. While this book does address certain sectarian views, e.g., Watchtowerism, Mormonism, ... read more »

Is Religion Going to the Dogs?

David Pharr is a respected minister and writer who lives in South Carolina.He edits an excellent monthly journal, Carolina Messenger. In the April '04 issue, David had a fascinating article based upon a recent piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.Among other things, the Journal article stated: "With pews hard to fill, a small number of otherwise-traditional clergy are ... read more »