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So Where Do I Stand?

I often find myself getting proverbially "shot" from both sides both inside and outside the Catholic Church. In the secular world, particularly in American politics, the liberals think I'm too conservative. Simultaneously, the conservatives think I'm too liberal. One would think I would fit right in with the moderate centrists, right? Not so, even they think I'm a little "out there."

Meanwhile, inside the Church I tend to get a similar treatment. Liberal Catholics think I'm too "traditional," while Traditional Catholics think I'm too "liberal." About the only consolation I have is that there is a fairly large group of Catholics who are right there with me in my position within the Church. Whew!

I'm going to put secular politics aside for the moment, and just talk about what's going on in the Church. Right now there are basically three major factions within the Catholic Church. They all centre around Vatican II and th…

Which Catholics can Celebrate the Anglican Patrimony?

The question is a recurring one, and I get it quite frequently, so I'll attempt to answer it here. Who can be part of the Ordinariates? By that is meant, who can be part of the Anglican Patrimony Ordinariates? Actually, I think the question is a bit deeper than this. I think what people are really asking is: Can I celebrate the Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church? And can I be a part of Ordinariate parishes dedicated to the Anglican Patrimony? So that's what I'll tackle in this essay.

The Anglican Patrimony is defined as those things in Anglican heritage that unite to the Catholic Church. This includes elements of the Book of Common Prayer that were constructed from the old Sarum Use that was used in England prior to the Reformation. It also includes elements of pastoral methods and faithful sensibilities that are attached to England's Catholic roots. The Anglican Patrimony is fully Catholic, and is not in any way affiliated with the Protestant Church of England…

What if the Pope is Wrong?

There is a lot in the news lately about public corrections of Pope Francis over an Apostolic Exhortation he issued on March 19, 2016 entitled Amoris Laetitia (Latin: "The Joy of Love"). While the overall message of his exhortation is really quite good, it does contain what many in the Church are calling some "serious errors." Basically, without getting into too much technical detail, the document appears to postulate that it's okay (in some cases) for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) even when they do not obtain from the Church a declaration of nullity of their previous marriage.

Most recently on September 23, 2017, a large group of over 60 Catholic scholars and clergy issued a public correction of the pope which made headlines around the world. It appears that it's an open document, which means that more can sign on to it if they choose. This particular correction is well-written, scholarly, ch…

More Catholics Embrace the Anglican Patrimony

Something big is happening, and it really is the way of the future. It has to do with restoration, and by that I mean the restoration of something very big and very old. About 500 years ago, while Martin Luther was just beginning to start his Protestant Revolution in Germany, England was still a staunchly Catholic country. At that time it was known as "Mary's Dowry" and had King Henry VIII not embarked on a lust-filled schism to legitimatise his adultery and illegitimate offspring, England might still be Catholic today. Imagine that, if you will. What would it look like?

You don't need to imagine too hard, because you see, that image exists today, albeit in a much smaller form. It's called the Anglican Patrimony Ordinariates. These are the Personal Ordinariates, created by Pope Benedict XVI, initially as a juridic structure for former Anglicans and Methodists, who have left Protestantism behind and brought their English liturgical heritage into the Catholic Chur…

The One True Church

Let's be frank here. Why would any Catholic remain a Catholic if he/she didn't actually believe that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church? I mean, seriously, why? I wasn't always Catholic you know. I am a convert. I know (first-hand experience) what it is like to be multiple different kinds of Christian. I know what it's like to be a Lutheran. I know what it's like to be a Baptist. I know what it's like to be an Evangelical. I know what it's like to be an Anglican too. I know what it's like to be all of these things, and you know what? In comparison to Catholicism -- it's easier!

That's right, in my own personal experience, it's much easier to be a Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical and Anglican than it is to be a Catholic. In fact, it's vastly easier. There is less structure, less discipline and less rules in all of these Christian faiths. Why on earth would anyone want to follow Catholic rules on birth control when just about every…

Martin Luther was an Anti-Semite

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolution. Commonly known in history books as the "Protestant Reformation" I refuse to call it that, because nothing was "reformed" in Protestantism. The real reformation happened later, during the Council of Trent (AD 1545 - 1563), in which the Catholic Church reformed its practises and clearly defined its doctrine. Within Protestantism however, nothing was "reformed" at all. What we got instead was an endless revolution, which completely redefined the Christian faith, and set the Western world up for numerous religious wars and persecutions between Christians, followed by the birth of numerous Protestant denominations and sects.

The reason why this year is marked as the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Revolution is because on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther allegedly nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Chapel. The door served as a community bulletin board, which man…