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John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted on November 10, 2011

Dr. Michael Barber explores the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. John Bergsma, looking specifically at why Catholics should find them interesting.

You can find Dr. Bergsma’s audio series on the Scrolls here.


 

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The Successor of Peter and Biblical Interpretation

Posted on November 10, 2011

ome months ago on this blog, we had a discussion about the role of the Papacy in the Church and specifically with respect to the interpretation of Scripture.

I keep coming back to the Pope’s homily upon assuming the Chair of Peter in St. John Lateran (7 May 2005).

(St. John Lateran is, of course, the Cathedral of Rome—not St. Peter’s in the Vatican.  St. John Lateran is the official...


Great Time at the Shrine

Posted on November 08, 2011

Dr. Hahn and I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this weekend.  A crowd of 400 came out to make the Marian pilgrimage, and hear talks on Confession and Eucharist, and receive those very sacraments.  The Shrine, built by the people of the Diocese of La Crosse under the leadership of now-Cardinal Raymond Burke, is a hidden treasure of Catholicism in the Midwest.  Extraordinarily...


The Supper of the Lamb

Posted on October 31, 2011

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.

Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,...


Calling the Fathers: Reflections on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted on October 28, 2011

Readings:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.

In a word, Israel&rsquo...


Pope Benedict Calls for a Year of Faith

Posted on October 27, 2011

Ever since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict has spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith, to respond to the profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.  With his new Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, he has announced a Year of Faith when the Church as a whole will reflect on the great treasure of our faith and how we can better profess and share it with the world around us.  It...


Scott Hahn Addresses the New Evangelization

Posted on October 26, 2011

VANCOUVER—Catholics have been given the task of spreading the message, says Dr. Scott Hahn.

They must be trained to evangelize and catechize, and they must be sacramentalized (partake in the sacraments), Hahn said during a recent lecture on mystagogy at Regent College.

Mystagogy, a Greek term meaning “to be guided into the mysteries,” leads believers to a deeper understanding of the Liturgy of the Mass and its Scriptural and historical roots....


The Bible and the Fathers

Posted on October 13, 2011

It was the Bible that made me read the Fathers.
When I was studying for the Presbyterian ministry, I wanted to understand the world where Jesus lived and where the apostles preached. I wanted to defend the New Testament canon against its latest round of challenges, for example — against those who would place the newfound “Gnostic Gospels” on the same footing as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
My research into that world was my...


St. Paul Center to Government Regulators:

Posted on September 28, 2011

As you may be aware, the federal government’s Department of Health and human Services (HHS) has proposed a morally bankrupt new regulation that, if implemented, will go into effect in 2012.  It would require that all insurance programs nationwide cover all forms of contraception - including abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and Ella - and sterilization as “preventive services for women.”  The regulation includes a so-called “religious employer exemption.”  But it is so extremely narrow...


Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3

Posted on September 06, 2011

This is the third in a series of posts about Papal infallibility and its relationship to the interpretation of Scripture. See part 1, part 2, and part 2a.

In the first and second parts of this series of posts, we discussed the infallibility of the Church as a whole, and then the infallibility of an ecumenical council.

We concluded the last post with the question, Is the infallibility of an ecumenical council enough? In other words, in...