Click on picture for larger image of Pyramid of Dogma and Doctrine

From Jimmy Akin:

Periodically, I’m asked what the difference is between dogma and doctrine.

People have the idea that they are kinds of Church teaching, but they’re not sure precisely what the difference is (or even if there is one).

To help folks understand this, I’ve created an infographic that shows how dogma and doctrine relate to theology.

Below you will see examples of what goes in each category!

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The Church and Islam: Nostalgia for the 1960s

by Steve Ray on April 19, 2018

“…The amazing thing is that much of the Western world hasn’t caught up with the changes. Why? Perhaps because the return of 7th century Islam undercuts the multicultural belief that all cultures share the same values.

“Hence, many prefer to think that the Muslim world is still much the same as it was in the days of King Farouk and the Shah of Iran – that relatively brief moment when “secularism was ascendant.”

“Unfortunately, one of the important organizations that still lives in the past in regard to Islam is the Catholic Church. Many in the Church seem to think and act as though it’s still 1965, and that Nostra Aetate (which was promulgated in 1965) is still the last word on Islam….”

The section on the “Moslems” in Nostra Aetate reflects the multicultural notion that cultural differences are unimportant, and that all people have the same basic desires. Thus, the writers of the document took pains to emphasize the similarities between Christianity and Islam, even going so far as to suggest that the two faiths share the same moral values.

STEVE RAY HERE: I really think that this is a “must read” article on Muslims in the 1960’s and Muslims today and why the voices in the Catholic Church, including and especially Pope Francis, are living in the past and doing us a serious disservice.

Read the whole article HERE.

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Chaldean Christian Driver from Iraq

by Steve Ray on April 19, 2018

We take the Metro Cars back-and-forth to the airport for all our multiple flights. I make sure we never take more than 10 minutes to get a conversation started about the things that matter most — Christianity and the Catholic Church.

57876840-E533-4697-8024-DA9F5316DB00 Today on our way to the airport to fly to Milan Italy to pick up our sold out group we had a driver named Yosef (Arabic for Joseph).

We came to find out that he is a Catholic from Iraq and his family is very, very Catholic and devoted to the Faith.  Once I start of the conversation he was so excited he bubbled over and was happy to tell us about how much he loved America, the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ and his mother Mary.

We  discussed a good bit about Islam and as a Catholic from Iraq he had strong opinions which we shared completely.

Anyway, always remember to talk to people about the Lord and his Church —and good conservative politics too — because not only is it good evangelism but it also encourages fellow believers in the truth of the faith. And we sure know that’s necessary today.

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What Do We Mean by “Unanimous Consent of the Fathers”

April 19, 2018

Unanimous Consent of the Fathers By Steve Ray The Unanimous Consent of the Fathers (unanimem consensum Patrum) refers to the morally unanimous teaching of the Church Fathers on certain doctrines as revealed by God and interpretations of Scripture as received by the universal Church. The individual Fathers are not personally infallible, and a discrepancy by […]

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The Technology of Scripture Study: The Middle Ages (and a hilarious video at the end)

April 16, 2018

“I am an ecclesiastical historian by training and a Bible software guy by trade. Which, I think, puts me in the unique position to write about the history of the intersection of technology and Scripture study in a series of posts.” Written by my friend Andrew Jones PhD: “We might start with a description of […]

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What Tim Staples said about our new Elijah-Elisha movie

April 16, 2018

Hey Steve, We watched the video the other night WITH THE KIDS! THEY AND WE LOVED IT! Here’s a blurb: This newest from Steve Ray is phenomenal! In the Staples household, not only did mom and dad love it, but the kids were riveted! And they are a tough crowd to please! This video is […]

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Death, What a Wonderful Way to Explain It

April 14, 2018

Hope you enjoy this. I found it quite nice with a ring of truth to it. When it comes my turn to die, this will be my attitude.

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Steve’s Short Story “The Last Nightmare” Might Scare the Hell Out of You!

April 13, 2018

The Last Nightmare A Short and Terrifying Story by Steve Ray Everything went blank for a moment, but that moment seemed like eternity. He felt a motion, not with wind and breeze, but a motion none the less. He was traveling, moving, floating, transcending-he wasn’t really sure. The sudden blackness gave him time to regain […]

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Good-byes, Farewells & Comments

April 12, 2018

Enjoy meeting our pilgrims and sharing their emotions, thoughts and good-byes.

 

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Full & Fun Final Day: Jericho, Camels, Dead Sea, Jordan River…

April 12, 2018

The last day is always fun and exciting. We started off the day with Mass and breakfast at the beautiful and elegant Notre Dame Center. Father Courtney gave another wonderful homily to summarize the trip and to bless all the religious items. From the Israel Museum to the Jordan River and from Jericho to Qumran. […]

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Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording

April 12, 2018

Since we are in Philippi Greece today, I thought I would post this colorful blog :-) We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. […]

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Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Western Wall, Visiting Tomb, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem…

April 11, 2018

There was too much happening today to fit in one 15 minute YouTube video so we have two shorter videos for you today. To avoid the huge crowds we got up very early in the morning for the Stations of the Cross arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for our tour and Mass […]

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Evangelism Antennas: A Fun Story of One Woman’s Day and the New Evangelism :-)

April 11, 2018

A while ago I gave a talk in Ann Arbor Michigan. It was about the New Evangelization. As part of my talk I explained how Janet and I have our “evangelism antennas” up first thing in the morning – alertly watching for open doors and ways to share our Catholic Faith throughout the day. And […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Rain, Mount Zion and more

April 10, 2018

Today we started out with Mass at Gethsemane. It is very moving and powerful for the people and some said it was a highlight of their trip so far. Fr. Scott’s homily is HERE. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives and lunch at a Jewish kibbutz. Then to Mount Zion where we […]

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Should Catholics Attend Non-denominational or Ecumenical Bible Studies?

April 10, 2018

Every day, Catholics are invited by coworkers, neighbors, and even family members to “ecumenical” Bible studies. Should they go? Certainly all of us would benefit from more study of Scripture, but as someone who has been a part of a number of Protestant Bible studies—I’ve even taught them—I discourage Catholics from attending them because of […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

April 9, 2018

Today we started out with supporting the local Christians in Bethlehem by buying olivewood and other religious items from their store. By doing so we helped over 65 Christian families. Then we went to Shepherds Field where we had Mass in the Cave of the Shepherds. Enjoy another great Fr. Courtney homily here. A nice […]

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