From those who oppose the Catholic Church to those who are thinking about entering, in this show, we take a break from talking with Catholics to answer questions about the Faith from non-Catholics.

Questions Covered:

  • What did you just do in France? What was it like to be at D-Day commemoration at Omaha Beach in Normandy France?
  • Did you find the Catholic Faith Dead in France?
  • What should we think about the Papacy? Is the Pope beyong criticism?
  • 13:03 – Why don’t Catholics keep the Sabbath on Sunday?
  • 16:40 – Must I give up my King James Bible if I become Catholic?
  • 21:07 – I disagree with Catholic teaching of pagan gods and goddesses. Can you explain why John Paul II attended an interfaith summit that might have been people worshiping pagan gods?
  • 43:15 – I don’t think the Catholic Church has apostolic succession. When Christ said, upon this rock… he was simply referring to faith in Christ.
  • 49:54 – Did you travel before you became Catholic? How has being Catholic affected your traveling ministry?
  • 52:00 – Has the Catholic Church defined what is literal and figurative in the Bible? It seems like Scripture is all open to interpretation.
  • What about Eastern Orthodox Churches? Are they Catholic? What should we think of them?

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A comment on a cardinal’s tweet re capital punishment, by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters:
June 17, 2019

Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.”

The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that Dolan has in mind must be Pope Francis’ 2018 modification of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that the death penalty is “inadmissible”. But, while it is likely that Francis meant what Dolan said, the pope did not quite claim what the cardinal clearly did. Francis (or his handlers) left just enough wiggle room (by using “inadmissible”, an ambiguous term in magisterial-moral discourse) to avoid flatly declaring the DP “immoral” and setting off thereby a magisterial firestorm such as has not been seen for some centuries.

Highly recommended book on legitimacy of Catholic teaching and tradition on Capital Punishment.

Dolan, in contrast, tweeting in terms well-known to tradition, plainly stated that the DP is immoral, thus going beyond what Francis was willing to say. That’s a problem. Indeed, it’s two problems.

(Photo: Highly recommended book on the legitimacy of Catholic teaching and tradition on Capital Punishment.)

1. Numerous serious studies argue (convincingly, in my view) that the liceity of the DP in certain cases is taught by the Church’s infallible magisterium (specifically, as “secondary object” thereof); at the very least, such studies make a prima facie case for the liceity of the death penalty under the infallible magisterium. Therefore, Church leaders contradicting that position must, simply must, deal with the possibility that infallibility is in play here, and, at a minimum, they should refrain from unnuanced declarations that might, in the end, be shown as “opposed to the doctrine of the Catholic Church” per Canon 750 § 2. See also Canon 1371 n. 1.

But the stakes might be higher still.

2. Many of the sources invoked for the liceity of the DP as a secondary object of infallibility (Scripture, Patristics, etc.) are those commonly associated with infallible assertions of primary objects of infallibility, that is, with matters of revelation. Now, while contradicting infallible assertions regarding secondary objects is, as stated above, to make one opposed to the doctrine of the Church, contradicting primary objects of the Church’s infallible magisterium is a specific element of heresy per Canons 750 § 1 and 751. See also Canon 1364. Obviously, this characterization risks even greater harm to the Church.

Am I saying that Dolan has committed heresy in his tweet or that he has expressed opposition to the teaching of the Church? No, but I am saying that declaring the DP as immoral per se puts one at risk of asserting something that many qualified scholars argue powerfully is opposed to infallible Church teaching, and possibly even to contradicting something divinely revealed. The real possibility of so offending the truth should, I think, trigger more respectful caution by those in positions of authority when speaking on these matters.

Think of it this way: A hunter shooting toward something moving in the underbrush can’t defend his accidental killing of a human being by saying “I did not know it was a man, I thought it was a deer.” The hunter has a duty to verify the status of his target before he shoots. Likewise, popes and bishops taking shots at the long-recognized moral liceity of the DP have a duty to verify the magisterial status of that teaching lest they accidentally hit something they had no business aiming at in the first place.

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Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 10.37.23 AMSteve joined Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN to discuss the Catholic country of Poland that has stood strong in the Faith through every kind of trial – including Nazism and Soviet domination.

We discuss her modern saints that changed the world: St. John Paul II, St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy and St. Maximilian Kolbe who was starved to death after giving his life in exchange for another.

 

The interview starts at 21:00 into the hour. We also invite people to join us on our pilgrimage to Poland in August. There are less than 10 seats remaining before the trip will be sold out.

We have great Catholic guides, fantastic pilgrims, awesome itinerary, top-notch hotels and meals, and Mass at the coolest sites.

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Trinity Sunday: A Comment & a Riddle

June 16, 2019

Happy Trinity Sunday – the essence and meaning of existence. First: Why did the Trinity create us? Not to dominate or judge us. The members of the Trinity love each other so much and have so much fun together it just bubbled over – they created us to share in all their joy and love […]

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Cardinal Cupich’s Rational for not Acting Against Pro-abort Politicians Unconvincing….

June 15, 2019

This article and review is written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: Cdl. Cupich’s rationales for not taking canonical action against prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicos are as unconvincing as ever June 14, 2019 by Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer No one thought that Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon […]

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How Much Can a Camel Drink? – as he bites me!

June 13, 2019

Since we will soon be in Jordan and Israel again riding camels, I thought I would post some fun and interesting facts – and a movie of the camel trying to bite me. I recently wrote the Bible Study on Genesis for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com. In chapter 24 Abraham sends his unnamed servant to find a bride […]

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Mary a Mediatrix? Isn’t there just One Mediator?

June 12, 2019

The Bible says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet Catholics refer to Mary as a Mediatrix (feminine form of the word mediator). So, isn’t that prima facie evidence that Catholics make up doctrines, worship Mary and disregard the Bible? […]

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Good-bye Paris! Fairwells & Comments

June 12, 2019

The trip has come to an end and the bus is headed to the airport. It was more successful than we could’ve hoped for and it was a beautiful trip. Combining that D-Day commemorations on Omaha Beach in Normandy France along with all the saints and shrines of France made for a spectacular pilgrimage. Our […]

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Incorrupt Saints of Paris: Sts. Catherine Laboure & Vincent de Paul; Boat Ride on Seine River

June 11, 2019

After visiting the Church of the Miraculous Metal where we  venerated and prayed at the incorrupt Body of Saint Catherine Labore, we walked a block or two away to have Mass in front of the glass tomb of Saint Vincent de Paul who body is also incorrupt (homily here). Very meaningful and powerful for us […]

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Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because we are NOT a Democracy

June 11, 2019

Steve’s Comment: With another election looming in our near future – and a hotly contested one it will be, it is good to know why we do not have elections based on popular vote but on the time-proven wisdom of our Founding Fathers and their implementation of the Electoral College. Here is a simple primer […]

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Paris Day 1: Notre Dame Cathedral, Saints Chapelle over 1,000 Stained Glass windows) and Sacré Couers (Sacred Heart)

June 10, 2019

Our first day in Paris was filled with activities and wondrous sites. First, everyone woke up to the Eiffel Tower just outside our hotel and then a bountiful breakfast. We originally had Mass scheduled at the Notre Dame Cathedral but since the fire we had to change it to Sacré Couer. But we are taking […]

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12 Reasons why Sports Fans don’t to to the Game; Why Catholics don’t go to Mass :-)

June 10, 2019

This is very clever. Sure rings of the truth – enjoy!

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Pentecost Sunday at Chartres Cathedral in France – Our 25th Anniversary as Catholics

June 9, 2019

We are leaving Brittany France and heading east back towards Paris. Halfway we will stop at Chartres where we will have free time in the city, a tour of the magnificent cathedral church and Mass in the grotto (Fr. Dan’s excellent homily here). Today is Janet and my 25th anniversary as Catholics. We are received […]

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My Hero John Henry Cardinal Newman on “The Assumpion of Mary”

June 9, 2019

Cardinal John Henry Newman converted to the Catholic faith. He played a big part in my own converseion. He has a unique and beautiful understanding of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  You can read it below or at Aletia here. Why the Assumption made perfect sense to Newman, and what it meant for him […]

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France 5: Saint Malo, Apparition of Mary in Pontmain

June 8, 2019

We never like to push our people too much so we gave them an easy morning and left today at 10 AM. We went to Saint Malo which is a medieval fortified city on the ocean. We toured the exquisite cathedral where the organ was playing the whole time we were there. We spent time […]

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When Is the Word “Love” First Used in the Bible?

June 8, 2019

When is the first time the word love is used in the Bible? It is great fun to ask a million questions when you open the Bible. Good questions serve to unlock the treasure chest revealing untold riches. Since the Bible is a book and books are made of words, it is great fun to […]

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