Category Archives: Ecclesiology

Sowing Seeds of Scandal

A Crisis of Credibility in the Catholic Church “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned … Continue reading

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Is the Church a “society of un-equals” ?

clergy (teachers, rulers, and sanctifiers)  laity (led, taught, and sanctified). In 1 Peter 5, the author explicitly warns the early Church leaders: “I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and … Continue reading

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Who Asked for Your “Two Cents”?

The Church did! We’ve all heard the expression, “When I want your two cents, I’ll ask for it.” This of course is referring to our opinion. That is, exactly what the early Church wanted during the New Testament times. Well, … Continue reading

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Whose Church Is It Anyway?

Understanding the origins of the various concepts and titles for the community of disciples. In the Catholic tradition, the followers of Jesus are referred to as The Body of Christ, The People of God, The Faithful, The Flock, and the … Continue reading

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Catholics are Baptized and Anointed as Priest, Prophet and King

l According to the Catholic Church, those who are baptized in Jesus’ name are anointed to be priest, prophet, and king for the community, The People of God. Anointing with ChrismAfter baptizing with water, then the celebrant says:God the Father … Continue reading

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The Sheep are Leaving the Fold,In Search of Their Shepherd, Jesus!

According to the Magisterium or hierarchy, “The Church is a sheepfold whose one and indispensable door is Christ. It is a flock of which God Himself foretold He would be the shepherd,  and whose sheep, although ruled by human shepherds; … Continue reading

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Back-Pocket God

Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults By Melinda Lundquist Denton, Richard FloryA report on the changing and varied ways young people relate to religion. This brief Book Review is by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Sociologists Melinda Lundquist Denton, Associate … Continue reading

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Is Secularism An Enemy of Religion?

  In his book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, the former Archbishop of Philadelphia, the city of “brotherly love”, offers a hard-hitting critique of America today. According to Chaput, the rise of … Continue reading

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Has Roman Catholicism’s Authority Contradicted Jesus?

“A sign of contradiction, in Catholic theology, is someone who, upon manifesting holiness, is subject to extreme opposition. The term is from the biblical phrase “sign that is spoken against”, found in Luke 2:34 and in Acts 28:22, which refer … Continue reading

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INCIDENTS of CENSURE AND OR EXCOMMUNICATION by The Catholic Church resulting in denial of Communion

The first instance of a pro-abortion rights politician being censured via denial of communion was in 1989.[15] During a special election for the California Senate, Pro-abortion rights Catholic Lucy Killea was barred from communion by Leo Thomas Maher, then bishop … Continue reading

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