Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Catholic Origins of Thanksgiving

Here is an interesting article by Taylor Marshall over at Canterbury Tales.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Manhatten Declaration

On November 20th, 152 religious leaders in the United States issued the Manhatten Declaration. This declaration, in my mind, is a first "shot across the bow" to the secular value system that many in government are trying to impose on all Americans.

It is an interesting read and may be the beginning of a new approach by conservative religious groups on how to handle some of these issues.

You can read the declaration here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sola Scriptura

Today I read an interesting article by James Akin about the practical reasons that Sola Scriptura cannot be a part of God's Plan for mankind's salvation. If God intended that we can rely on scriptures alone, Tradition and the Magesterium cannot have any authority over our belief system and we must look to scriptures alone for the answer. However, this belief is fatally flawed if one considers Church history and the lives of average Christians.

In his article, James Akin says that Sola Scriptura assumes:

(1) The existence of the printing press,
(2) The universal distribution of Bibles,
(3) Universal literacy,
(4) The universal possession of scholarly support materials,
(5) The universal possession of adequate time for study,
(6) Universal nutrition, and
(7) A universal education in a high level of critical thinking skills.

It is clear that these preconditions are not the case in the United States, much less throughout the world or at any time in Church history.

What do you think about this?

You can read the entire James Akin article here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Roman Missal is Coming

I stumbled upon the USCCB website on the revised Roman Missal. It is expected to be promulgated early next year with implementation within a year of that date.


Monday, November 2, 2009

All Souls Day

I am the Resurrection,
I am the life;
to believe in me means life,
in spite of death,
and all who believe
and live in me
shall never die.

John 11:25-26

Today we remember all those people who have gone to the Lord before us. Let us pray that they are in his presence and that we will see them in the life to come.