On Science and Religion Part 2

Posted by - December 17, 2017

The Church affirms that Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit but written through the means of human authors. While the human authors put in writing what God wanted preserved in Scripture, the human authors made use of the literary forms available to them; among these forms were historical, poetical and prophetical. Due attention must

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On Science and Religion Part 1

Posted by - December 9, 2017

A guilty pleasure of mine is reading Dan Brown novels. You might remember that he is the author who wrote “The DaVinci Code”.  That controversial novel played up the conspiracy theory that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus. His novels are usually controversial, as religion always has a role to play in the unfolding

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“The Cost of Discipleship” (Part 2)

Posted by - December 3, 2017

Peter’s dreams of glory and power were shattered. The hope that Israel might experience freedom from the Roman yoke was destroyed. Peter came to realize that he wasn’t some powerful hero who would defend his Lord. Rather, he was a weak fisherman, who was so cowardly that he was afraid to acknowledge Jesus before a

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“The Cost of Discipleship” (Part 1)

Posted by - November 26, 2017

Every year all the deacons in the Diocese of Erie, where I now serve, are expected to attend a retreat. It is a requirement meant to revitalize them spiritually and simply spend some time praying and reflecting. I attended one of the two retreats recently that are made available by the Diocese for its deacons.

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Moral Decision Making and Legislators

Posted by - November 19, 2017

When the United States was a young nation there was a good deal of prejudice against Catholics.  Much of this prejudice was a holdover from the religious conflicts of Europe that had afflicted that part of the world for centuries. One concern was that the Vatican would control American policy if Catholics had a strong

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Book of Revelation (Part 3)

Posted by - November 11, 2017

Another term that is associated with the Book of Revelation is “Armageddon”.  It is a word that means “hill of Megiddo” and refers to the site for the great battle of the end times. John identifies this as the battleground where evil is overcome. At Armageddon, the beast creatures are overcome by Christ. The Roman

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Book of Revelation (Part 2)

Posted by - November 4, 2017

John wrote the Book of Revelation for the Christian communities of the seven major cities of the province of Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey. These were Greek speaking communities and part of the Roman Empire. This was a time of persecution under the emperor Domitian. This was a mixed experience for many Roman

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Book of Revelation (Part 1)

Posted by - October 28, 2017

  If someone asks you what is the most widely read book in the world, it is probably a safe bet to suggest the Bible as your answer. Though almost everyone is somewhat familiar with Scripture, most have not read it all the way through. The Bible is really a library of different books that

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Theosis and so Forth (Part 2)

Posted by - October 21, 2017

In the history of Christianity there have been several takes on how this works out. The first approach emphasizes the idea of propitiation, the second the idea of apocalyptic eschatology and the third the idea of Theosis. Let’s consider propitiation first. Jesus was taken prisoner and executed, even though he presented no military threat.  His followers experienced Jesus as alive and

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Theosis and so Forth (Part 1)

Posted by - October 12, 2017

Not long ago a well-intentioned woman sent me correspondence dealing with an annulment for which she was applying. In the correspondence was a short tract put out by her Church (non-Catholic) that cited several Scripture verses emphasizing that all humanity is sinful but that Christ is the propitiation for human sin. In the correspondence, she

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