Several people wrote to me recently to express their skepticism about Catholicism based on their experience with actual Catholics.
There is no greater scandal among moderns than the Catholic Church's claim to infallibility. And who can blame them? For as this century begins, it does look as though only a cretin could seriously believe any institution possesses modest integrity, much less infallibility.
In the midst of Valentines Day sentiment, its refreshing to hear someone who speaks plainly about love. At a White House briefing on February 6, Jim Towey, the new Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, said something that ought to be heard government cannot love.
The headlines were captured recently by the news that perhaps up to seventy priests in the Archdiocese of Boston have abused young people whom they were consecrated to serve. Today, I'd like to tackle the issue head-on. You have a right to it. We cannot pretend as if it didn't exist. I'd like to discuss what our response should be as faithful Catholics to this terrible scandal.
Many of my Protestant friends are uncomfortable with Lent. "It's all about mortification and self-discipline when we know that the Risen Jesus is joyful and alive!" they say. "We don't need to mortify ourselves to please God. That's why Jesus died for us, so we don't have be 'good enough'.
We all know what Christianity looks like when viewed from the standpoint of modernity. In this essay I shall try to turn the truth tables and see what modernity looks like when viewed from the standpoint of Christianity.
Talking with our nonbelieving neighbors is not as hard as we sometimes think. Not even the pagan has completely lost his common sense. By God's common grace, there are certain things we can't not know things that every human being knows at some level, even if he pushes them down and hides them under a false bottom. How then, should Christians engage the culture in the Public Square? One thing they should not do is argue for biblical principles using the Bible. To do so would be, in fact, to act unbiblically.