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|Posted on July 3, 2015 at 11:07 AM||comments ()|
Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
The seven reasons are:
1. The Church has definitively declared it
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
3. The attitude of Christ
4. The practice of the Apostles
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ
7. The ministerial priesthood as illustrated by the mystery of the Church
Click this link to read the full article: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/call-no-woman-father
|Posted on February 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM||comments ()|
Is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life?
Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, considers this most crucial question in his latest blog piece at catholic.com.
In a thoroughly detailed and considered view on the matter, Tim comes to the following important conclusions:
1. No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his Church—even one definitive teaching—they will be lost.
2. Religions that have as tenants of their respective faiths the rejection of Jesus and his Church have no power to save anyone. It is “the truth that makes us free” (cf. John 8:32), not falsehood.
3. In the case of one who is ignorant of the truth of the Catholic Faith, “through no fault of [his] own,” he can be saved, if he is truly “invincibly ignorant, [is] given the supernatural virtue of faith and [has] perfect charity in [his heart]” (cf. Instruction of Holy Office of Dec. 20, 1949).
4. We must remember that we are not the judges of salvation. God is the sole and final judge. We do not know who is truly “invincibly ignorant” and who is not. Therefore, we must be careful to “evangelize all men” as the Catechism commands us and leave the judging to God.
5. “Whatever good or truth is found amongst [other world religions] is considered by the Church to be ‘a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life’” (Lumen Gentium16). And if they seek the true God given the light they have received, they have the possibility of salvation.
6. This does not mean they are not in need of the Eucharist! Without the grace that comes from the sacraments, one is at a decided disadvantage to get to heaven. And if one has rejected the truth, then there is no way he can merit heaven apart from repentance and the acceptance of the truth. The Church makes very clear: “The words bind and loose mean: whomever you exclude from your communion, will be excluded from communion with God; whomever you receive anew into your communion, God will welcome back into his. Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God” (CCC 1445).
Click here to read the full article at catholic.com: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-there-really-no-salvation-outside-the-catholic-church
Sudden Shift in Israel/Palestine Conflict as God Takes Centre Stage (Dwelling on the Word of God, Monday 9th June 2014)
|Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM||comments ()|
Pope Francis is flanked by President Peres (left) and President Abbas (right)
From today’s Gospel (Mark 10:17-30):
‘Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’’
This short Gospel passage brings to mind the great scenes from the Vatican yesterday as Pope Francis, and the universal Church, played host to President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine. The three men gathered with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to pray for peace in the Holy land, a land long crippled by war and division.
And while the two presidents are no strangers to one another – they have met many times and in many forums to negotiate for peace – they would have been forgiven for thinking this was somewhat different to the peace talks they have become accustomed to. This, Pope Francis stressed, was not the Vatican playing peacemaker. Rather, it was an opportunity for the men to gather and pray.
Prayer is not normally high on the agenda (if it is on the agenda at all) when these men meet to talk politics. It’s highly unlikely that prayer would fit comfortably in the middle of peace discussions in the White House or Downing Street. Yet it was the focal point of yesterday’s unique gathering, and you could tell that each man was entirely comfortable with the concept. Each is, after all, a believer in one God.
By focusing the meeting on prayer, Pope Francis pulled at the very heart strings of Peres and Abbas. Their respect for God was evident and, although that respect may not have extended to the actions of their respective countries/territories over the years, there were encouraging signs that Pope Francis had been shrewd in putting God at the centre of the meeting. Both Peres and Abbas spoke about their desire for peace and admitted that they need the help of God to achieve that peace. This point is critical to long lasting peace in this most troubled land. By recognising and openly admitting that the help of God is needed the men have acknowledged that they, and the many others who have tried to bring about peace, cannot do it by themselves. Yes, it is they who will need to effect change and put significant effort into making it work. But they need the grace of God to work through them and to change the hearts of those inclined to conflict. That is why Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel are so apt.
Pope Francis knows everything is possible for God. So too do Presidents Abbas and Peres. They have openly admitted their desire for peace and admitted their reliance on God to make it happen. The focus in this troubled land has suddenly shifted. God is now the central focus in the minds of those who govern and, in conjunction with those governors, we must pray to God for peace. We must pray to Him to change the hearts of those who see no way other than conflict.
|Posted on December 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM||comments ()|
‘As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf. 1 Thes 1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word.
Dialogue and friendship with the children of Israel are part of the life of Jesus’ disciples. The friendship which has grown between us makes us bitterly and sincerely regret the terrible persecutions which they have endured, and continue to endure, especially those that have involved Christians.’