Celibacy is not popular. I don't suppose it ever has been, and in the modern world which places so much emphasis on sex, the gift of consecrated celibacy is even more misunderstood and discredited than ever. All the more reason,…
As a Catholic you believe that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church established by Jesus Christ. Do not waste your time trying to show how good or holy or intelligent Catholics are. Stick with the fact that that…
It is better not to argue with people about religion. An intelligent discussion that is seeking understanding can be enlightening, but most religious arguments are no more intelligent than a repeated "I'm right, you're wrong", like two dogs barking at…
Matthew 6:7: "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words." In this verse, Christ condemns prayers that fall into the category of "vain…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
The Bible provides a great deal of evidence that Christians can and should honour and imitate the saints. One rhyme I remember from childhood ends: Make friends with the saints, For the saints are God's friends, Is the motto with…
God condemns the sin of idolatry, whether it is in the form of worshipping statues, or money, or sex, or a new car, or any other created thing that can become an idol. In Exodus 20, the Lord forbids the…
Beginning with the Reformation, Protestants have stuck to the principle that everything revealed by God as necessary for salvation is found in the Bible alone, without any need for the Church to show the authentic meaning of Scripture. The idea…
In Mark 7:1-13, the Pharisees and scribes accuse Jesus and his disciples of abandoning "the tradition of the elders" because they ate with unwashed hands. This obviously makes Jesus angry, and he turns on them. "Well did Isaiah prophesy of…
Catholics and Orthodox are criticised by Protestants for calling their priests "Father". Of course, their criticism comes from Matthew 23:1-12: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, so practise and observe whatever they tell you, but not what…
The Bible tells us (Colossians 2:11-15) that in the New Covenant, baptism replaces circumcision in the Old. In the Old Testament God required circumcision as the basic way of bringing a child into the Covenant (Genesis 17:1-14). The ritual was…